Lo­ca­tion takes pride of place in ren­o­vated Wens­ley­dale hill farm

Yorkshire Post - Property - - FRONT PAGE - Sharon Dale

Richard: “You couldn’t wish for bet­ter. We are part of a very tight com­mu­nity that is very wel­com­ing and help­ful. They’re al­ways there if you need them.”

He and Hazel bought West Routengill in Jan­uary 2006 and have com­pletely ren­o­vated the prop­erty, which boasts a host of pe­riod fea­tures, in­clud­ing ex­posed beams, stone mul­lion win­dows and In­glenook fire­places.

The work started with un­der­pin­ning, ex­tend­ing and damp-proof­ing the Dales long­house. A new pres­surised oil fired cen­tral heat­ing sys­tem was in­stalled to­gether with a 5,000 litre klargester foul drainage tank.

“We have done a tremen­dous amount of work, ev­ery­thing from re­plumb­ing and rewiring to putting in a new kitchen and a new mas­ter be­d­room above it,” says Richard, who is an ex­pe­ri­enced ren­o­va­tor with four con­struc­tion-re­lated busi­nesses.

The house now has a break­fast kitchen with range cooker and LPG hob with an elec­tric oven, a fully-fit­ted util­ity room, din­ing room with in­glenook fire­place and mul­ti­fuel stove, liv­ing room with a con­cealed and pan­elled stair­case, rear hall, bathroom and play­room/study.

On the first floor, there is a mas­ter be­d­room with ex­posed beams, en-suite bathroom and an ex­ter­nal door with a bridge that leads to a rear gar­den. There are three fur­ther bed­rooms and a fam­ily bathroom on this level. Out­side, there is a south-fac­ing ter­race, large park­ing area and a play area. The prop­erty also has a large col­lec­tion of stone farm build­ings, work shops, a tack room, three loose boxes, wellfenced grass pad­docks and two stone field barns set in 17 acres.

There is fish­ing on both banks of the Walden Beck, which runs through the prop­erty, and trout and brown trout are reg­u­lar vis­i­tors. The prop­erty comes with plan­ning per­mis­sion for ex­ten­sion and al­ter­ations to cre­ate a two storey an­nex with ground floor liv­ing room and first floor be­d­room.

Richard and Hazel de­cided not tackle that as they are mov­ing with their three young chil­dren to be closer to Hazel’s fam­ily in Scot­land.

They will be tak­ing their 30 minia­ture Shet­land ponies with them and hope to ful­fill an am­bi­tion to breed rare Cleve­land Bay horses in a bid to save the dy­ing breed. “It will be a real wrench as we love it here,” says Richard.

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