Historic house that would make a wonderful home for Christmas
IT’S easy to see why Paul and Jean Cookson fell in love with The Old Hall in Grassington.
It is bursting with character, has a rich history and is just yards from the centre of the thriving Dales village.
“That’s why we bought it,” says Paul. “The location is incredible. It is set in almost two acres and has a walled garden so it feels very private. But step out of the gate and you’re in the centre of Grassington.”
He and Jean sold their farm at Wilsden to fulfill a dream of moving to the Dales and they beat a host of other bidders to secure this property.
It was in need of renovation but Paul, who has a background in construction, had all the experience and contacts needed.
“We did everything from roof repairs to insulation to a new kitchen and bathrooms. The garden was also a big project. It was totally overgrown when we bought it,” he says.
The house dates back to the 14th century and was the first stone buildings in the village. It is also reputed to be the oldest inhabited house in the Dales, standing on the site of an earlier timber dwelling.
It has been considerably enlarged over the centuries, with two bays added in the early 1600s, though it still retains many period features and is grade two star listed.
Historic details include original doors, stone mullion windows and an old bread oven. There is also an ancient Bible that comes with the house and is passed on to every new owner.
The hall has part oak panelled walls and leads to a drawing room and a dining room with inglenook fireplace and stone service staircase to the first floor.
The ground floor also has a family room and a snug with a cast iron hourglass fireplace and fitted full-height book shelves. The kitchen has free-standing units, a Rangemaster cooker with six-ring gas hob, two ovens and grill and a dresser incorporating a glass front display cabinet with drawers and cupboards. There is also a utility room with fitted units and a cloakroom.
Upstairs, there is a large bedroom and en-suite with ball and claw bath and a separate shower. There are four further bedrooms and a house bathroom.
Outside, there is a sweeping driveway, double garage and almost two acres of land with a stunning Italianate garden, formal lawns and a kitchen garden.
Mr and Mrs Cookson are selling to downsize as they hope to buy a holiday home in America, but if they’re lucky they may just get to spend another Christmas there.
“Christmas is magical here,” says Jean.
“The house looks wonderful at that time of year and the village does too thanks to the Grassington Dickensian Festival.”