Rec­tory re­vamp that cre­ated a stun­ning home for the fam­ily

Yorkshire Post - Property - - PROPERTY - Sharon Dale The Old Rec­tory, Mir­field. Price: £1.1m Con­tact: Carter Jonas, tel: 01484 www.carter­

A VISIT to a friend’s house in York­shire led to a life-chang­ing de­ci­sion for Gor­don and An­gela Lorimer.

While read­ing the lo­cal news­pa­per, they spot­ted an ad­ver­tise­ment for The Old Rec­tory and de­cided to view it.

“We hadn’t even thought of mov­ing from our home in Sur­rey but eight weeks later we were liv­ing in York­shire. Gor­don just said, ‘that’s the house for us’ and he was right,” says An­gela, who grew up in the area.

The cou­ple, who have three chil­dren, were en­chanted by the grade two star listed prop­erty even though it was in need of ren­o­va­tion.

The build­ing, which dates back to the 14th cen­tury, has a wealth of ar­chi­tec­tural features and sports a blue plaque from Wake­field Civic So­ci­ety de­tail­ing its rich his­tory.

It was built for the lo­cal rec­tor be­fore be­ing con­fis­cated by Henry VIII dur­ing the Ref­or­ma­tion. Later owned by the Church of Eng­land , it was bought by a lo­cal cou­ple in the 1960s.

“It needed a lot of work when we bought it and we spent 10 years mak­ing it into a beau­ti­ful fam­ily home,” says An­gela, who runs a B&B from the prop­erty’s cot­tage an­nexe.

“There were a lot of 60s and 70s features and a lot of false ceil­ings that hid the old beams. We took all that out so you can really ap­pre­ci­ate the build­ing.”

The trans­for­ma­tion shows off the ar­chi­tec­tural splen­dour of the prop­erty, which has stone mul­lion win­dows, me­dieval tim­bers and orig­i­nal fire­places.

The house, which is set in an acre of grounds, now has a hall with cloak­room, a break­fast kitchen with Bri­tan­nia range cooker, a draw­ing room with oak con­certina doors to the din­ing room, a fam­ily room and a cel­lar.

Up­stairs, there is a master bed­room with dress­ing room, three bed­rooms and a fifth bed­room/home of­fice.

The cot­tage an­nexe, which is ac­cessed from the main house, was pre­vi­ously used as a work­shop. It now boasts a sit­ting room, break­fast kitchen, a bed­room with en-suite, a sec­ond bed­room and a house bath­room. There is also a bal­cony on the first floor over­look­ing the garden.

Out­side, there are land­scaped gar­dens with sit­ting ar­eas, walk­ways, open lawns and ma­ture trees. There is a very spa­cious pa­tio to the front of the house, just a short walk from a sunken fire pit, which has proved a big hit at par­ties.

“I got the idea from vis­it­ing Kenya. Fire pits are really pop­u­lar there. Ours is big enough to seat 25, which is lovely on Box­ing Day when we have a big fam­ily party,” says An­gela.

“We are sell­ing be­cause our chil­dren are be­com­ing more in­de­pen­dent and we fancy a change, but we will miss the house. It’s lovely at this time of year thanks to the four roar­ing log fires.”

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