Perfectly positioned home works wonderfully for family and friends
SPACE for family and friends to stay was one of the main criteria when Claire and Edward Cadogan were house hunting.
The couple had moved from London and were keen not to lose touch with their loved ones.
The property they bought certainly has plenty of room but it’s also very handily placed close to the A1 and is a perfect pit stop for friends travelling from London to Scotland.
“We were originally looking near Tadcaster, where we had been renting, but we couldn’t find anything. We decided to look further afield and found this,” says Claire.
“We were thrilled because it’s a lot more rural up here than in the golden triangle and property prices aren’t as expensive. We’re also just outside a fantastic village that has lots of facilities including a doctor’s surgery and a school.
“That was very important for me. Edward would’ve loved to buy a place several miles down a track but I had always lived in London and didn’t want to be too isolated.
“Here we have the best of both worlds and we see a lot of our friends who travel up to Scotland because we aren’t far from the A1.”
The couple, who have three children, have converted the attic space into bedrooms, updated the bathrooms and decorated throughout after buying the property in 2004.
It dates from 1760 and is grade two listed with an entrance hall, playroom, snug, kitchen/ breakfast room with doors leading to a south-facing terrace, pantry, dining room, sitting room and cloakroom.
Upstairs, there is a master bedroom with dressing room and bathroom, a guest bedroom with en-suite, four further bedrooms and a study.
Outside, there is a large parking area, a brick building housing the water pump, a single garage, gardener’s store and a courtyard with dog kennel. The main lawns lie to the south east of the main house and there are riverside walks close by.
The house is full of period features such as sash windows, beams and flagged floors along with some more unusual additions.
The iron pillar in the kitchen came from the nearby mill, which is now apartments, and the ornate arch in the hallways upstairs is from Baldersby Park, now Queen Mary’s School.
“The owner of Baldersby Park was refurbishing the house and had a sale and the Lister family, who owned the mill and mill house, bought it and installed it here,” says Claire, who is selling to move to Derbyshire.
“We’re moving with Edward’s job and I’m sad to be leaving the house and the area. It’s a lovely place to live and bring up children.”
Topcliffe is close to the A1 and the A19. The village also has a highly regarded primary school, doctor’s surgery.