This farm­house is now a ru­ral des res with eco-friendly fea­tures

Yorkshire Post - Property - - FRONT PAGE - Sharon Dale

was water run­ning down the in­side walls.”

Built in 1795 for the Ca­ley es­tate, it was ini­tially a red­brick house that was later painted black.

“It was known as the Black House for years and no-one seems to have any idea why it was painted that colour but by the time we got there it was white and called Pheas­ant Hill, which was ap­pro­pri­ate be­cause a pre­vi­ous owner used to breed pheas­ants in cages in the sit­ting room,” says Cathy.

The Wilkins re-roofed the prop­erty, re-wired, re-plumbed and re­placed uPVC win­dows with wooden ones.

They also made it as en­ergy ef­fi­cient as pos­si­ble installing high lev­els of in­su­la­tion, un­der-floor heat­ing, log stoves and a log boiler plus so­lar hot water pan­els. There is also a back-up Viess­mann oil boiler. The heat­ing and hot water costs were just £550 for the past seven months.

They also man­aged to se­cure plan­ning for an ex­ten­sion, built to look like an ad­join­ing barn.

“We wanted to build some­thing that would suit the lo­cal ver­nac­u­lar so the ex­ten­sion is made to look like it’s the con­ver­sion of a barn that has been there years,” says Cathy.

The “barn” houses a stun­ning liv­ing kitchen with an oak kitchen and oak beams and its first floor is de­voted en­tirely to an enor­mous mas­ter be­d­room with en-suite bathroom. The farm­house has a sit­ting room, study and boot room down­stairs plus three dou­ble bed­rooms with two en-suites and a house bathroom on the first floor.

The cou­ple have also con­verted the loft.

“It is ready to use with heat­ing and TV points but we are leav­ing it up to the new owner to de­cide what to do with it,” says Cathy.

Out­side, the prop­erty has an oak framed five-bay open fronted garage, two sta­bles, a hay loft, work­shop, tack room, and ken­nels.

The front gar­den is laid to lawn and be­yond are seven acres of pas­ture land bounded by post and rail fenc­ing and sub-di­vided to form a pad­dock and han­dling area.

The own­ers are sell­ing to press ahead with their plans to move up the prop­erty lad­der.

“It’s a won­der­ful place with amaz­ing views over the Wolds and Dalby For­est as your back­yard,” says Cathy. “But we have seen an­other project we want to do.”

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