The Pickering pottery transformed into surprisingly spacious home
ALTHOUGH it is over 200 years old, very few locals in Pickering realise the Tardis-style capacity of the cottage on Castle Road.
What appears to be a conventional, two-storey property from the front has five levels at the rear and boasts almost 3,000 sq ft of space.
It started life as a sawmill and was a working pottery with a tearoom and owners’ accommodation until 2004 when Chris and Svetlana Sellars bought it.
The couple had moved from London to York and were searching for a new home when they were bowled over by the location and the potential of the cottage and its workshops.
“Nothing grabbed us until we saw this and we knew it was the one,” says Chris.
The couple lived in the property, which had four kilns, for 18 months while they decided how to convert the working part into extra accommodation.
“It was hard work especially as the utility room was in the workshop area, which meant a long trek up and down with washing, but living in the house first gave us a really good idea on how we wanted to use the space,” says Chris, who admits he may not have taken the project on if he had known the scale of work involved.
The first job was to stabilise the back wall of the house by taking most of it down and re-building it. The kiln area was transformed into an open plan sitting area and Svetlana insisted on a laundry chute from the top floor master bedroom down to the utility room.
The Sellars’ also installed a state-of-the-art kitchen with bespoke Bulthaup units and composite surfaces, a Junkers oak and stone floor, underfloor heating and bi-folding doors to a decked roof terrace.
Although the conversion is contemporary, the cottage’s period features have been retained and enhanced with the help of local builder Simon Atkinson and Taylor’s Joinery.
“It had the original joiners windows at the back, which were uneven and overlapping off-cuts of glass held together with strips of wood.
“We wanted to retain the look while making the windows more energy-efficient so we had them replicated with double glazing,
“We also took out the ceilings on the top floor to show off the apex beams,” says Chris.
The house, which is set into a former quarry and has magnificent views, now has an entrance hall, cloakroom, dining room, breakfast kitchen, sitting room, utility, study, family room/ guest annexe, master bedroom with en suite shower room, two further bedrooms and a house bathroom.
Outside, there is a garage, garden stores, undercover barbecue, roof terrace and a garden.
Chris and Svetlana are moving to a property with a larger garden for their two young sons.