Farm­house home in su­perb syl­van set­ting that boasts its own mill race

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some cows to go with it. He did and we had a herd of Aberdeen An­gus for quite a while un­til I had to sell them to con­cen­trate on my busi­ness,” says Tom.

The cou­ple sold some of their land but re­tained 23 acres, which in­cludes sta­bling and pad­docks along with a beau­ti­ful syl­van set­ting for their home.

The farm­house was hab­it­able when they bought it but the Rams­dens have ren­o­vated it and linked it to the ad­ja­cent corn mill. Now, one of the prop­erty’s most im­pres­sive features is the old mill wheel in the din­ing room.

There is also po­ten­tial to de­velop the out­build­ings, with plan­ning per­mis­sion to con­vert a two-storey barn and ad­join­ing hay barn, former sta­bles and cat­tle stalls into one three-bed­room and one fourbed­room house.

The main house has a re­cep­tion hall­way with stone fire­place, full-height chim­ney piece and a vaulted and beamed ceil­ing with min­strel gallery. An in­ner hall­way pro­vides ac­cess to a cloak­room, bath­room and stone steps lead­ing down into a wine cel­lar.

The ground floor also has a din­ing room, break­fast kitchen, util­ity room, dou­ble bed­room and a large study/bed­room.

On the first floor, there is a bal­cony with a paved ter­race over­look­ing the mill race, a master bed­room suite with en-suite bath­room and a dou­ble bed­room and house bath­room.

Out­side, a mill race me­an­ders down through the grounds form­ing a wa­ter­fall. It feeds a pond to the rear of the prop­erty and a large lake at the end of the garden, which leads down to a lower lake. The rear court­yard also pro­vides ac­cess into a large dou­ble garage and a sep­a­rate gated en­trance leads into a walled and fenced en­clo­sure, where there is a de­tached sta­ble block with four loose boxes and a tack room.

Tom and Julie will miss the grounds when they leave to down­size.

“It is a very spe­cial place. I love the fact that is very pri­vate and that we really have had the best of times here. It’s a won­der­ful place for par­ties,” says Tom.

A spokesman for Carter Jonas says: “The sale of Corn Mill Farm of­fers an ex­tremely rare op­por­tu­nity to ac­quire a sub­stan­tial pe­riod coun­try res­i­dence to­gether with a range of stone barns and an­cil­lary build­ings plus sta­bling and ex­ten­sive pad­dock land ideal for those with eques­trian in­ter­ests.” THE num­ber of first-time buy­ers reached its big­gest yearly to­tal in five years, ac­cord­ing to data from the Coun­cil of Mort­gage Lenders.

A to­tal of 216,200 first-time buy­ers be­came homeowners in 2012, the first time the an­nual to­tal has ex­ceeded 200,000 since 2007,

There was also a mod­est but dis­cernible in­crease in lend­ing at higher loan-to-value ra­tios in the last quar­ter. While the av­er­age loan-to-value ra­tio stayed at 80 per cent, where it has been for two years, this masks some en­cour­ag­ing move­ment in higher LTV. One in 40 first-time buy­ers took out a 95 per cent mort­gage com­pared with less than one in 100 a year ear­lier. And about one in five first-time buy­ers bor­rowed 90 per cent or more. WITH al­most 50 per cent of peo­ple now ac­cess­ing the in­ter­net via a mo­bile de­vice, Leeds prop­erty firm Mor­gans has in­vested in two new mo­bile­friendly re­spon­sive web­sites that adapt to the best suit­able lay­out for the de­vice be­ing used.

The firm had seen a three-fold in­crease in traf­fic to its web­site from mo­bile de­vices be­tween De­cem­ber 2011 and De­cem­ber 2012 and since launch­ing the new sites, ex­pe­ri­enced a 30 per cent in­crease in vis­its.

Jonathan Mor­gan says: “The ma­jor­ity of peo­ple view­ing www.cityliv­ and www. north­leed­ are on tablets or smart­phones which is why it’s been es­sen­tial to de­velop mo­bile com­pat­i­ble sites.”

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