THE LOW DOWN ON THE FARMHOUSE
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.”