Smart con­ver­sion: the derelict farm now a coun­try home with class

Yorkshire Post - Property - - PROPERTY - Sharon Dale Sire­bank House, Bradley, near Skip­ton. Price: £665,000. Contact: Dacre, Son and Hart­ley, Skip­ton, tel: 01756 701010, www.dacres.co.uk

THE farm cottage, ship­pon, dairy and hay barn that were con­verted to cre­ate Sire­bank House stand as straight as the day they were built, ac­cord­ing to owner Peter Thorn­ton.

He should know. He has re­searched the his­tory of the area and the build­ings and sur­round­ing land have be­longed to his fam­ily since his late fa­ther Her­bert bought them in 1932.

“The whole site is on out­crop rock,” says Peter, who adds that the small­hold­ing was cre­ated in 1800 af­ter an act of Par­lia­ment or­dered more farm land to be cre­ated.

“En­tre­pre­neur Lang­den Sun­der­land was given the task of turn­ing Bradley Moor into farm land. He was given a stretch of road to get to his site and an abun­dance of mill­stone grit was used to cre­ate the field bound­ary walls and a farm house with build­ings. The un­usual thing was that Sun­der­land put the whole lot into one build­ing.”

The prop­erty was derelict when Her­bert Thorn­ton bought it along with the 37 acres he wanted to farm. That changed in 1993 when Peter and his wife An­gela be­gan a re­mark­able ren­o­va­tion project.

With plans drawn up by Lau­rie Cord­ing­ley, the cou­ple turned the build­ings, which had stood empty for ninety years, into a fab­u­lous fam­ily home.

They man­aged to re­tain manty of the orig­i­nal fea­tures, in­clud­ing the beams, a teth­er­ing ring in the sit­ting room where a horse was once sta­bled and two orig­i­nal fire­places, one in the hall and an­other in a bed­room.

The vaulted cel­lar, with orig­i­nal flagged floor and stone benches, was once the dairy and the milk would be passed there from the cow­shed via hole in the wall.

Above the ship­pon was the hay barn and dur­ing the win­ter months hay was dropped through a hole in the floor into a fod­der gang in front of ten teth­ered cows.

Twice a day, the cows would be re­leased for ex­er­cise. Their orig­i­nal wa­ter trough is now a fea­ture in the pretty gar­den.

“The build­ings took about 18 months to con­vert and we also put a new ac­cess road in but it was all very worth­while. I’d al­ways ad­mired the po­si­tion of the build­ing, which is why we de­cided to take on the chal­lenge of ren­o­vat­ing it and it has been a won­der­ful place to live. It’s very pri­vate and the views are amaz­ing,” says Peter, who is sell­ing to down­size.

Sire­bank House has a large re­cep­tion hall, cloak­room, sit­ting room, con­ser­va­tory, din­ing room, study, kitchen with Aga, a util­ity room and cel­lar. Up­stairs, there is a mas­ter bed­room with dress­ing area and en-suite, three fur­ther bed­rooms and a house bath­room.

The prop­erty also has a dou­ble garage, park­ing and gar­dens set in one acre. An­other ma­jor sell­ing point is the power gen­er­at­ing wind tur­bine, which sup­plies half the house­hold’s elec­tric­ity.

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