Gareth’s home is a pre­mier league prop­erty with 21st cen­tury style

Yorkshire Post - Property - - PROPERTY - Sharon Dale Swin­sty Hall, Few­ston, near Har­ro­gate. Price: £3.75m. Con­tact: Knight Frank, Har­ro­gate, tel: 530088, www. knight­frank.co.uk

FOOT­BALLERS’ homes have a rep­u­ta­tion for be­ing taste­less and over the top, but ex-Eng­land player turned TV pun­dit Gareth South­gate has bucked the trend with this sen­sa­tional re­vamp.

He and his wife, Ali­son, clearly spared no ex­pense when they mod­ernised his­toric Swin­sty Hall. but there’s no trace of bling or vul­gar­ity.

North York­shire-based in­te­rior de­signer Carolyn Parker helped the cou­ple cre­ate the scheme, which has added a so­phis­ti­cated, con­tem­po­rary twist to the 16th cen­tury house.

The 8,000 sq ft, grade one listed prop­erty is packed with El­iz­a­bethan and Tu­dor fea­tures and now boasts an ante-hall lead­ing to a for­mal hall with ba­ro­nial fire­place, and space for din­ing and en­ter­tain­ing. The ground floor also has a pan­elled draw­ing room, a li­brary and a new kitchen with Aga and mar­ble work sur­faces. This leads to a break­fast room and out on to a ter­race. The lower ground floor is made up of util­ity rooms, stores and a wine cel­lar. On the first floor, there is a mas­ter bed­room suite, four fur­ther bed­rooms and two house bath­rooms. The sec­ond floor has an­other bed­room suite and an im­pres­sive cin­ema room with ex­posed beams, purlins and trusses. There is a two-bed­room staff cot­tage ad­ja­cent to the house and a barn that has po­ten­tial for con­ver­sion. There are grounds and gar­dens, which stretch to 4.5 acres and in­clude ex­ten­sive lawns, ponds, streams, a knot gar­den and a rose gar­den.

The hall is in the heart of the Wash­burn Val­ley next to Swin­sty Reser­voir. It was built in 1570 and was in the same fam­ily for cen­turies un­til it was bought by Leeds Cor­po­ra­tion in the 1800s. The coun­cil flooded the val­ley to cre­ate two reser­voirs but the hall re­mained well above wa­ter level.

It was res­cued from dere­lic­tion by Chris and Eileen Tay­lor in 1991 and they spent years restor­ing its an­cient fab­ric and mak­ing it hab­it­able. They re­placed the roof, in­stalled heat­ing, re­paired the tim­bers and pan­elling, and re-leaded the win­dows. The South­gates, mean­while, have added some glamorous 21st cen­tury style to the mix.

Tim War­ing, of Knight Frank, says: “Swin­sty Hall is a won­der­ful English coun­try house that is pre­sented in ex­cel­lent or­der with lovely in­te­ri­ors that have an im­pres­sive con­tem­po­rary twist.”

Gareth, 42, and Ali­son are sell­ing to move closer to their chil­dren’s schools but they plan to stay in York­shire.

The for­mer Mid­dles­brough player and man­ager now works as a pun­dit for ITV Sport. His play­ing ca­reer ended in May 2006 af­ter more than 500 league ap­pear­ances and 57 caps for Eng­land. Al­though he was born in Wat­ford, Gareth’s heart now seems to lie firmly in God’s own county. His Twit­ter pro­file re­veals that he is “cur­rently await­ing York­shire cit­i­zen­ship”.

STYLE: Gareth South­gate.

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