THE LOW DOWN ON THE FARM­HOUSE

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Dut­ton Farm, Hes­say, near York Price: £950,00 Con­tact DHP Croft, tel: 01904 238222, www.dh­pcroft.co.uk

The farm­house has an en­trance hall, draw­ing room, din­ing room/study, sit­ting room, break­fast kitchen, con­ser­va­tory, gallery/re­tail an­nex, util­ity room, two cloak­rooms , master bed­room suite, three fur­ther bed­rooms, house bath­room and a dou­ble garage. It has plan­ning pern­mis­sion for a sub­stan­tial ex­ten­sion that will dou­ble its size. Out­side, there are around eight acres of gar­dens, or­chard, wood­land and eques­trian fa­cil­i­ties, in­clud­ing two barns, flood lit ma­nege with all weather sur­face, sta­bles and post and railed pad­docks. and Barry, grew Chal­lis into a big busi­ness, which whole­saled pot plants to both M&S and B&Q. They sold the com­pany when they had an of­fer they couldn’t refuse.

“My ear­li­est mem­o­ries are sit­ting in an ap­ple box on the back of a cart while my fa­ther did his de­liv­ery round. I loved help­ing out,” she says.

“When my par­ents started the nurs­ery I worked there and I met and mar­ried Barry, who worked at a nurs­ery in Har­ro­gate. I was only 19 and it took me 52 days to re­alise I wasn’t cut out for mar­riage so I thought ‘right I’ll have to earn enough to pay some­one else to do the cook­ing and clean­ing’ and that’s what I did.”

Although past the age of re­tire­ment, she is as busy as ever and, by the time we con­duct this in­ter­view at 9am, she’s had her morn­ing break­fast meet­ing with Barry and been to the hair­dressers. Vol­un­tary work, con­sul­tancy, grand­chil­dren and mo­ti­va­tional talks all take up her time. At the lat­ter, this is what she ad­vises her au­di­ence to do: “If you see an op­por­tu­nity grasp it and go where an­gels fear to tread. Some­times it works and some­times it doesn’t but what­ever you do, don’t get car­ried away bor­row­ing money.

“Our busi­nesses were very suc­cess­ful but we never spent any­thing un­less we had it.”

An­other favourite say­ing is the oft-quoted ad­vice favoured by Mr Mi­caw­ber in Dick­ens’ David Cop­per­field: “Some­thing will turn up”.

“I’m sad to leave this house af­ter 33 years,” says Beryl. “But I am ap­ply­ing that say­ing to find­ing an­other house.”

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