By the right: Mil­i­tary homes that are ready to re­pair

A clus­ter of rare ren­o­va­tion projects have just come to the mar­ket, in­clud­ing Min­istry of De­fence prop­er­ties in Swaledale. Sharon Dale re­ports.

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VIS­I­TORS am­bling through idyl­lic Down­holme, Stain­ton and Lowneth­waite in Swaledale may well have rushed onto Right­move to check if any of the pretty prop­er­ties were for sale.

Their search would’ve been in vain. There hasn’t been a chance to buy in that part of the dale for al­most 100 years.

Now the Min­istry of De­fence, which req­ui­si­tioned the ham­lets as part of its 8,274 acre Cat­t­er­ick Train­ing Area in the 1920s and 30s, is re­leas­ing a batch of cot­tages and farm­steads.

The MoD says the homes are sur­plus to re­quire­ments and it is sell­ing them at an auc­tion or­gan­ised by joint agents Robin Jes­sop and GVA.

The sale is the sec­ond phase of a dis­posal pro­gramme, which started late last year when ex­ist­ing MoD ten­ants were of­fered the right to buy.

Auc­tion­eer Robin Jes­sop says: “It is a unique op­por­tu­nity to ac­quire prop­er­ties that have never pre­vi­ously been on the mar­ket in this beau­ti­ful part of Swaledale.”

Prices for the 14 lots range from £5,000 to £200,000. They in­clude a two-bed­room cottage in Stain­ton with a guide price of £75,000 to £125,000, a three-bed­room cottage in Down­holme guided at £75,000 to £100,000 and a derelict farm­house and out­build­ings in nearby Sand­beck, which is £40,000 to £50,000.

Robin is ex­pect­ing a huge amount of in­ter­est when he launches them this week­end, not least be­cause they are all projects re­quir­ing ei­ther mod­erni­sa­tion or full ren­o­va­tion.

In the pretty mar­ket town of Masham, Giles Ed­wards also ex­pects the phone to be red hot with in­quiries about an­other rar­ity in need of re­fur­bish­ment.

He is mar­ket­ing grade two listed Radleigh House, which boasts six bed­rooms, a host of pe­riod fea­tures and a half acre gar­den with sta­bles that could be con­verted into sep­a­rate ac­com­mo­da­tion.

The price is £625,000 and it needs about £200,000 worth of work but if done well it could be worth over £1m.

“It is very rare to find some­thing like this in the mid­dle of Masham. The house has been in the same fam­ily for 35 years and it is go­ing to cre­ate quite a stir,” says Giles.

“It will ap­peal to fam­i­lies but also to those who want to move from a big coun­try house into the town.”

Scores of would-be buy­ers have been ex­cited by the prospect of ren­o­vat­ing derelict Scar Top House in nearby Arken­garth­dale. Sup­ported by scaf­fold­ing with part of its roof and all of its win­dows miss­ing, the prop­erty may not look like a dream home.

Yet the cottage has brought in­quiries from all over Bri­tain thanks to its rock bot­tom price and its stun­ning lo­ca­tion. The cost is guided at be­tween £30,000 and £50,000.

“We’ve had in­ter­est from all over. It’s been in­cred­i­ble,” says es­tate agent Tim Gower, who runs Robin Jes­sop’s Ley­burn of­fice.

What many peo­ple didn’t re­alise is that al­though its ad­dress in­cludes the word “house” and it still looks very much like one. It isn’t. Not any­more.”

Un­in­hab­ited for more than 20 years, it is now classed as “aban­doned” and has lost its res­i­den­tial use. The York­shire Dales Na­tional Park Author­ity don’t seem keen on giv­ing it back. So what ap­pears to be a bar­gain could even­tu­ally be­come a ruin with four acres of land.

“We’ve asked but the Na­tional Park isn’t look­ing favourably at res­i­den­tial use. They’d pre­fer to see it as a relic, which is a shame and hard to un­der­stand,” says Tim, who is sell­ing Scar Top by in­for­mal ten­der.

“We still have peo­ple in­ter­ested in buy­ing. They’re happy to take a gam­ble that they may get plan­ning per­mis­sion in years to come. There is a bit of hope value in it.”

The GVA/Robin Jes­sop auc­tion of MoD prop­er­ties will be held on Novem­ber 14 at the The Hol­i­day Inn, Dar­ling­ton, www. robin­jes­

The North­ern Home­build­ing and Ren­o­vat­ing Show, Har­ro­gate, Novem­ber 2-4, www. home­build­ing­

FOR SALE: This house in Stain­ton in Swaledale is be­ing sold by the MoD with a guide price of £75,000 to £125,000. De­tails: www.robin­jes­

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