Location takes pride of place in renovated Wensleydale hill farm
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.