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