Or­chard House with guest cottage has charm to be ap­ple of your eye

Yorkshire Post - Property - - PROPERTY - Sharon Dale Or­chard House, Mar­ton, near Sin­ning­ton. Price: £630,000. Contact: Jack­son, Stops and Staff, York, tel. 01904 625033, www.jack­son-stops.co.uk

OC­CU­PY­ING a prom­i­nent po­si­tion in the heart of this pretty ru­ral vil­lage half­way be­tween Kirk­by­moor­side and Pick­er­ing, Or­chard House is thought to date to the late 1700s and its grand old age was a big sell­ing point for owner Sophia Clarke.

“I love old prop­er­ties and this one had a lot of char­ac­ter. It’s very quirky,” she says.

Sophia and her hus­band, who bought the grade two listed house in 2010, have added even more by pulling down false cel­ings to ex­pose the orig­i­nal beams and adding pe­riod fire­places.

They also re­fur­bished the house and its self-con­tained cottage, which has been used as an in­come gen­er­at­ing hol­i­day let.

The house now has a re­cep­tion hall with orig­i­nal fire­place and tim­ber pan­elled wall, a sit­ting room with dual as­pect, a gar­den room with study, kitchen with painted units and Aga and a util­ity room.

The first floor houses two dou­ble bed­rooms, both with en-suite bath­room, plus a guest bed­room with en-suite. A sec­ondary stair­case leads up to the prin­ci­pal bed­room suite on the sec­ond floor, which has stor­age, a vaulted ceil­ing and a bath­room as well as ex­ten­sive eaves stor­age.

The de­tached cottage, which has four-star sta­tus, is to the rear of the main house and has a din­ing room with wood burn­ing stove, gal­ley kitchen, sit­ting room and house bath­room.

Stairs from the din­ing room lead up to the first floor and a dou­ble bed­room. To the rear of the cottage is a small, en­closed pri­vate ter­race.

One of the ma­jor fea­tures of Or­chard House is the land­scaped gar­den, which has been ar­ranged into a num­ber of de­fined ar­eas, in­clud­ing a for­mal top­i­ary and rose gar­den, veg­etable gar­den, or­chard and ex­pan­sive, tree stud­ded lawn with a large pond.

At the end of the gar­den a gate leads on to the banks of the River Seven, where the prop­erty has sin­gle bank fish­ing rights.

The 1.1 acre grounds are en­closed with dog proof fenc­ing to all bound­aries.

To the rear of the prop­erty is a ter­race and lawned area with an orig­i­nal well, en­closed by a beech hedge,

Mr and Mrs Clarke are sell­ing the house re­luc­tantly to re­lo­cate.

She says: “We have moved around a lot with my hus­band’s job and I thought this would be the fi­nal des­ti­na­tion but it isn’t to be. He has a con­tract to work abroad again and that is why we are sell­ing.

“I love the house and the vil­lage, which is so pretty, and I will miss it when we go but we have to move on.

Mar­ton is a vil­lage in the Vale of Pick­er­ing, about four miles from Kirk­by­moor­side and five miles from Pick­er­ing.

The vil­lage has a highly re­garded pub­lic house, The Ap­ple­tree, while the neigh­bour­ing towns of­fer a com­pre­hen­sive range of con­ve­nience stores, in­de­pen­dent shops, butch­ers and banks.

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