His­toric house that would make a won­der­ful home for Christ­mas

Yorkshire Post - Property - - PROPERTY - Sharon Dale The Old Hall, Grass­ing­ton Price: £1.7m Contact: Hunters, Ilk­ley, tel: 01943 660500 or Hunters, Skip­ton, tel: 01756 700544 or visit www.hunters.net.co.uk

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.”

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