This coun­try home comes with his­tory and a spec­tac­u­lar lo­ca­tion

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as a train­ing HQ for the Leeds Pals bat­tal­ion. Of­fi­cers lived at the manor, while the sol­diers camped in nearby fields.

In the sec­ond world war, it was used as a hold­ing fa­cil­ity for Ger­man of­fi­cers. Di­aries and pa­pers re­veal that although they were cap­tive, they en­joyed their stay and were well cared for and am­ply fed. It later be­came a guest house, nurs­ing home and then pri­vate dwelling.

Jonathan and Emma Warn­erReed bought it two years ago be­ing bowled over by its stun­ning lo­ca­tion.

“It is in se­cluded val­ley and scenery is amaz­ing,” says Jonathan. “We were lucky to get it be­cause when we first in­quired it had been taken off the mar­ket. We man­aged to con­tact the owner and left our tele­phone num­ber with him and 18 months later he called ask­ing if we wanted to buy it.

“We were liv­ing in Ripon at the time and we man­aged to sell our house to buy this and we felt very lucky to get it.”

The prop­erty and the cot­tage in its grounds were in need of some ren­o­va­tion and Jonathan and Emma have also re­con­fig­ured the first floor lay­out. The eight bed­rooms have been slimmed down to six to cre­ate a large master bed­room with dress­ing room and en-suite.

“We’ve done a lot of work. The big­gest job was the swim­ming pool build­ing, which we had to re­build,” says Jonathan.

The house now has a re­cep­tion hall, draw­ing room, fam­ily room, study, din­ing kitchen with pantry, util­ity room, cloak­room and cel­lars. On the first floor, there is a master suite, five bed­rooms and two bath­rooms. The prop­erty also has a leisure suite with swim­ming pool and chang­ing fa­cil­i­ties, a one -bed­room cot­tage, garage, sta­ble block, gar­dens and a pad­dock.

The prop­erty also has po­ten­tial to cre­ate ex­tra space. The at­tic is enor­mous and has two dormer win­dows, though only a loft hatch for ac­cess at the moment. It also has plan­ning per­mis­sion to re­in­state the bal­cony that was on the house when it was first built.

“That idea was to put dou­ble doors from the master bed­room onto the bal­cony but we’ll leave that for the next owner,” says Jonathan,.

“We love liv­ing here but we are mov­ing back to Ripon to be nearer to the chil­dren’s schools. We also want an­other ren­o­va­tion project as it’s some­thing we really en­joy do­ing.” THERE is a live-work op­por­tu­nity on the mar­ket in Bury­thorpe, near Mal­ton.

Bury­thorpe House is an award-win­ning bou­tique ho­tel and wed­ding venue with 12 en suite bed­rooms and a 35 cover restau­rant. The build­ing, which was orig­i­nally built in the 18th cen­tury, sits in 1.4 acres and has a de­tached leisure fa­cil­ity with heated swim­ming pool, sauna, gym and ten­nis court. It is avail­able free­hold with an ask­ing price of £800,000.

The nearby Bay Horse Inn pub and eaterie is also on the mar­ket for £400,000.

Alas­tair Jack of Jones Lang LaSalle’s ho­tels team is han­dling the sales, visit www. jones­lan­glasalle­ho­tels.com for more de­tails. TAY­LOR Wim­pey was awarded a trio of in­dus­try ac­co­lades at the 2012 House­builder Awards.

The com­pany was crowned Large House­builder of the Year and also achieved joint first place in the Best Prod­uct cat­e­gory for its in­no­va­tive Room in the Roof sys­tem, devel­oped in con­junc­tion with Presto­plan.

Tay­lor Wim­pey was also Highly Com­mended in the Mar­ket­ing cat­e­gory for its Mort­gage Myths and First Time Buyer Guides.

Anne Bagshaw, re­gional sales and mar­ket­ing di­rec­tor for Tay­lor Wim­pey York­shire, says: “Th­ese three awards are tes­ta­ment to the hard work and ded­i­ca­tion of our whole team, who can all be justly proud of our success.”

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