Top marks for stun­ning vil­lage school con­ver­sion

Yorkshire Post - Property - - PROPERTY - Sharon Dale The School House, Lower Dunsforth, near Bor­ough­bridge. Price: £750,000. Con­tact: Buchanan Mitchell, tel: 01423 360055, www.buchanan­

IT’S easy to see why this char­ac­ter­ful for­mer school house scored top marks when Adele and Paul Nathan-Geary went to view it.

Built in 1860, it was skil­fully con­verted in 1986 to cre­ate a beau­ti­ful fam­ily home with bags of char­ac­ter and some stun­ning fea­tures. TV pro­duc­ers were so im­pressed, they used it as a lo­ca­tion for an epi­siode of Touch of Frost.

“It just spoke to me and I knew we had to buy it,” says Adele.

A“It looked great but it also had a fan­tas­tic feel. It was warm and re­ally homely.”

The cou­ple, who moved from North Leeds, bought it five years ago and have since added new bath­rooms and a new, bespoke kitchen made by lo­cal crafts­men at the Main Fur­ni­ture Com­pany in nearby Green Ham­mer­ton.

“Ev­ery­thing was done re­ally well ini­tially, it just needed a bit of up­dat­ing,” says Adele.

The prop­erty in­cor­po­rates the old head­teacher’s house at the front and the lit­tle vil­lage school at the rear. The gal­leried sit­ting room, which boasts a floor-to-ceil­ing arched win­dow, was once the school hall.

“Ap­par­ently, the church was re-built in 1860 and there was some money left over so they about busy roads, but the vil­lage is also close to the A59 and the A1, so it’s good for trav­el­ling into Leeds, New­cas­tle and Lon­don.”

The house has a re­cep­tion hall, gal­leried sit­ting room, din­ing room, fam­ily room, of­fice, break­fast kitchen, util­ity room, pantry, boot room and a cloak room.

Up­stairs, there is a mas­ter bed­room with en-suite, guest bed­room with en-suite, two fur­ther bed­rooms and a house bath­room.

Out­side, there is a dou­ble garage and a park­ing area and a stu­dio. The gar­dens are mainly laid to lawn with paved ter­races, per­gola, herba­ceous bor­ders and ma­ture trees. The prop­erty also has a 3.6 acres of pad­dock.

Adele and Paul are sell­ing to down­size, but she says: “I will miss the house like crazy es­pe­cially as the vil­lage has such a good com­mu­nity, but I am hop­ing to stay in the area.”

The School House is a stun­ning con­ver­sion with four bed­rooms, large gar­dens and a pad­dock.


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