Barn brought right up to date while keep­ing a sense of its long his­tory

Yorkshire Post - Property - - FRONT PAGE - Bal­ley Beg Barn and cot­tage, Hornby, Bedale. Price: £650,000. Con­tact: Buchanan Mitchell, tel: 01423 360055, www.buchanan­

BAL­LEY Beg Barn has had a var­ied and in­ter­est­ing life rang­ing from sewing rooms for Hornby Cas­tle to a milk­ing par­lour. Its lat­est in­car­na­tion is as a beau­ti­ful fam­ily home.

Grade two listed, the his­toric build­ing was an empty shell when Chris and Jen­nie Pengilley bought it in 2004.

The cou­ple had no pre­vi­ous ex­pe­ri­ence of build­ing or ren­o­vat­ing, but the lo­ca­tion and the po­ten­tial bowled them over.

“We were look­ing to re­turn to York­shire to live but we weren’t look­ing for a project.

“How­ever, when we saw this place we just thought: ‘let’s have a go’”, says Chris.

“Ev­ery­thing needed do­ing from the roof down. It was ba­si­cally a com­plete shack and it also had bats, which de­layed the work by five months and was a bit of a rig­ma­role, though the rest of the work was pretty straight­for­ward.”

With the help of Rich­mond­based builders, Ran­dall Or­chard, the con­ver­sion took about 18 months and the re­sult is a stun­ning mix of con­tem­po­rary home and pre­served, pe­riod fea­tures.

“It was un­usual in that it wasn’t just any old barn. It had a lot more de­tail, in­clud­ing gothic arches, a Georgian win­dow and a fire­place that we as­sume was put in for the sewing rooms,” says Chris.

The prop­erty, which is sin­gle storey, now has an en­trance hall, large sit­ting room with in­glenook fire­place and ex­posed oak roof trusses, a fam­ily kitchen, a sep­a­rate laun­dry room, a mas­ter be­d­room suite, three fur­ther bed­rooms and a house bathroom.

The gate­way into the prop­erty is the orig­i­nal en­trance to the cas­tle grounds and fea­tures 12th cen­tury stonework and the south­fac­ing gar­den has the cas­tle’s grade one listed wood­land as a back­drop.

The de­tached, sin­gle-storey cot­tage, which comes with the barn, has been ren­o­vated but Chris and Jen­nie are leav­ing it to the new own­ers to fit it out with their own choice of kitchen and bathroom.

The cot­tage has a sit­ting room, kitchen and a be­d­room with en-suite.

Rich­mond, Ley­burn and Bedale are close by and the A1 is four miles away.

Ge­orgina Buchanan, from the newly-formed York­shire agency Mitchell Buchanan, a part­ner­ship be­tween her­self and Deb­o­rah Mitchell, says: “Bal­ley Beg is in a great lo­ca­tion but one of its great at­trac­tions is its flex­i­bil­ity.

“Both the barn and the cot­tage are all on one level, which makes the accommodation very flex­i­ble.

“The cot­tage has lots of po­ten­tial and could be used for a rel­a­tive or as a guest an­nexe or as a stu­dio or home of­fice.”

The Pengilleys are sell­ing to move into Rich­mond where their chil­dren go to school.

“We spend a lot of time in Rich­mond and thought it was sen­si­ble to live there,” says Chris.

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