The Old Par­son­age has had a thor­oughly mod­ern makeover

Yorkshire Post - Property - - PROPERTY - Sharon Dale The Old Par­son­age, Hamp­sth­waite, near Har­ro­gate Price: £1.35m Con­tact: Buchanan Mitchell, tel: 01423 360055 , www. buchanan­mitchell.com,

THE best-laid plans of­ten go awry when hunt­ing for a new home. Wendy and Peter Moss were se­duced out of their search area when they spot­ted the Old Par­son­age. The im­pos­ing Ge­or­gian house was too good to re­sist and the cou­ple bought it in 2009 af­ter mov­ing back to Bri­tain from Portugal.

“We just fell in love with it and we loved the fact that it is in the vil­lage so from a security point of view it felt very safe and you are very much part of the com­mu­nity,” says Wendy

“The dé­cor was very tra­di­tional so we were keen to put our own stamp on it.”

Although they kept the kitchen and bath­room suites, the cou­ple have re­dec­o­rated the rest of the prop­erty to cre­ate a clas­sic con­tem­po­rary look that in­cludes new stone fire­places, Ital­ian so­fas from Christo­pher Pratt’s and stun­ning wall­pa­pers and fab­rics.

They have also trans­formed the an­nexe into a cin­ema room and sep­a­rate of­fice and re-land­scaped the gar­dens in­stalling a wa­ter fea­ture and a hot tub.

The house, which is grade two listed, has 4,296 sq feet of space stretch­ing over three floors and came into pri­vate own­er­ship in the 1970s af­ter be­ing sold by the dio­cese, which built a new par­son­age.

Its pe­riod fea­tures in­clude sash win­dows with work­ing shut­ters and orig­i­nal doors and ar­chi­traves and it boasts a re­cep­tion hall, draw­ing room, fam­ily room, din­ing room, liv­ing kitchen with Aga, util­ity room, pantry, rear hall, pantry, cloak­room and vaulted cel­lars.

On the up­per floors, there is a gal­leried land­ing, master bed­room suite, guest bed­room suite and three fur­ther bed­rooms with en-suites.

Out­side, there is garag­ing, a self­con­tained an­nexe with cin­ema room and of­fice, gar­dens, a sun ter­race and a hot tub. There is also plan­ning per­mis­sion to cre­ate an orangerie.

Wendy and Peter are mov­ing to be closer to their fa­cil­i­ties man­age­ment busi­ness in Wake­field.

“We hon­estly thought this would be our last move but we have re­alised that we re­ally need to be closer to work,” says Wendy. “We will miss it though. It’s a lovely house and we re­ally like the vil­lage. It is close to Har­ro­gate and has a nice com­mu­nity plus a school and a deli.”

Hamp­sth­waite ben­e­fits from a wide range of ameni­ties in­clud­ing the church, vil­lage hall, pri­mary school, con­ve­nience store and pub. It sits off the A59 to the north west of Har­ro­gate.

Ge­orgina Buchanan, of Buchanan Mitchell es­tate agents, says: “The Old Par­son­age is an out­stand­ing house. This stun­ning prop­erty is a fine ex­am­ple of a clas­sic Ge­or­gian res­i­dence.”

HOME COM­FORTS: The Old Par­son­age blends clas­sic con­tem­po­rary style with a host of orig­i­nal fea­tures. The own­ers have also in­stalled a cin­ema and of­fice in the an­nexe and a hot tub in the newly-land­scaped gar­den

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