A gen­tle­man’s res­i­dence for those who love be­ing be­side the sea­side

Yorkshire Post - Property - - PROPERTY - Sharon Dale Church Cliff House, Fi­ley Price: £895,000 Con­tact: Jack­son Stops and Staff tel: 01904 625033, www. jack­son-stops.co.uk

THIS gor­geous Ge­or­gian house in Fi­ley is a prime ex­am­ple of how a prop­erty can change your life.

Be­fore Pat and Dennis Loft­house saw the ad­ver­tise­ment for Church Cliff House in this publi­ca­tion they had no in­ten­tion of leav­ing their vil­lage near Leeds, which was close to their jobs in Castle­ford and York.

But af­ter view­ing the former gen­tle­man’s res­i­dence and fall­ing in love with the house and its stun­ning sea­side lo­ca­tion, they de­cided to move to the coast. “We’d al­ways spent time in Fi­ley and we had of­ten walked past the house so when we saw it was for sale we de­cided to view it and that was it. It had a great feel and we thought it would be a lovely place to live and it was the only prop­erty in Fi­ley that had land for our horses,” says Pat, who bought the prop­erty eight years ago.

The cou­ple have spent a small for­tune ren­o­vat­ing the house, which had been owned by the same fam­ily since 1947.

“It needed a lot of work but it had all the orig­i­nal features, which we have kept,” says Pat.

The grade two listed home dates back to 1799 and is on the site of a much ear­lier manor house be­long­ing to Sir John Buck, High Sher­iff of York in 1640-41. He chose the best pos­si­ble spot on high ground set back from the cliff with sea views. The house is next to St Oswald’s Church, which was de­scribed by Pevs­ner as “eas­ily the finest church in the north east cor­ner of the East Rid­ing”.

In­side, the house has 5,000sq ft of space, in­clud­ing an en­trance hall lead­ing to a be­spoke kitchen, a 20ft by 20ft draw­ing room with mar­ble fire­place and orig­i­nal win­dow shut­ters, a din­ing room, fam­ily room, study and morn­ing room, which catches the morn­ing sun.

The first floor is ac­cessed from an im­pos­ing re­turn stair­case and has a master bed­room suite with two sep­a­rate bed­rooms and bath­room, a guest bed­room with en-suite, three fur­ther dou­ble bed­rooms and a house bath­room. A fur­ther good sized room is used as a gym.

Out­side, there is a walled garden with ap­ple, pear and plum trees, a pond, pa­tio and sum­mer­house. Be­yond the gar­dens is a fenced pad­dock, which is now home to High­land cat­tle.

The prop­erty also has a brick out­build­ing off the drive with two garages and two store rooms, plus a de­tached sin­gle garage.

The Loft­house fam­ily is sell­ing to down­size be­fore re­tire­ment.

“Dennis had a one and a half hour com­mute to work but it was well worth it to live here. It has been a great place to bring up our chil­dren but we are try­ing to let our heads rule our heart, which is dif­fi­cult be­cause it is such a lovely place to live. We love Fi­ley and the qual­ity of light here is fan­tas­tic. The skies at night are very clear.”

Fi­ley has a host of in­de­pen­dent re­tail­ers, pubs, ho­tels, restau­rants and schools, in­clud­ing both a pri­mary and a sec­ondary school.

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