Es­cape to the coun­try for nat­u­ral beauty on doorstep

If you want to be far from the madding crowd with views of York­shire’s most glo­ri­ous land­scape, this could be the house for you. Sharon Dale re­ports.

Yorkshire Post - Property - - PROPERTY -

FIND­ING peace and quiet in this noisy, fast-paced world is dif­fi­cult and lo­cat­ing a prop­erty with no traf­fic noise is even harder.

That’s why in­ter­est in East Routengill looks set to be high. The iso­lated farm­house of­fers bliss­ful tran­quil­ity and spec­tac­u­lar views in one of York­shire’s hid­den Dales.

Walden­dale, along with its neigh­bours Cot­terdale and Col­s­terdale, are well off the tourist track and are lit­tle known ex­cept by sheep, their farm­ers and the odd ram­bler.

The val­ley on the south side of Wens­ley­dale is served by Walden Beck, a trib­u­tary of the River Ure that of­fers good fish­ing and feeds the area’s ver­dant beauty

East Routengill is in North Walden, the most sparsely pop­u­lated part of the dale, which is renowned for its rich com­mu­nity spirit and tra­di­tional val­ues. It is four miles from the near­est vil­lage, West Bur­ton, and 11 from the mar­ket town of Ley­burn. The prop­erty sits down a long cul-de-sac road that turns into a short stretch of track used only by its neigh­bour West Routengill.

The house, which comes with 53 acres of land, is need of com­plete mod­erni­sa­tion as the pre­vi­ous owner was con­tent to live with just the basics. It needs a damp course and a re­wire and there is no cen­tral heat­ing, though a Ray­burn and open fires have helped keep the place warm for the last few decades.

Its di­lap­i­dated state is unlilkely to de­ter would-be buy­ers who will see the chance to mod­ernise as a bonus on top of the real prize, which is the prop­erty’s ro­man­tic ap­peal. The house of­fers a rare chance to get away from it all in the very heart of the York­shire Dales National Park. That prospect looks set to ex­cite a rush of en­quiries from across Bri­tain and be­yond.

Es­tate agent Tim Gower, of Robin Jes­sop, says: “Properties like this are be­com­ing very rare in­deed. It re­ally is an es­cape from the rest of the world. When they come on the mar­ket we get a lot of in­ter­est and thanks to the power of the in­ter­net we get en­quiries from all over the world.

“We’ve re­cently sold a ru­ral prop­erty to a gen­tle­man from the Far East and an­other to some­one from Hong Kong and that’s be­cause they saw the houses on­line.”

He adds: “East Routengill is likely to ap­peal to those who want a change in life­style or to those with eques­trian or stock rear­ing in­ter­ests. It would also be a great base to work from home in beau­ti­ful and tran­quil sur­round­ings.”

Al­though he sees many beau­ti­ful coun­try homes, Ley­burn-based Tim is in rap­tures about this small, re­mote farm.

“It is absolutely idyl­lic and the view is con­stantly chang­ing shape and colour de­pend­ing on the weather and the an­gle of the sun. There is also con­sid­er­able amenity value in it as it has a wealth of ma­ture trees, wild flow­ers and a delightful stream all read­ily to hand and part of the prop­erty.

“Plus, al­though it is iso­lated, you do have the ben­e­fit of one neigh­bour at West Routengill, which was bought and ren­o­vated last year.”

The south-fac­ing farm is in a shel­tered spot, near Walden Head, and has a detached, stoneb­uilt house with sub­stan­tial gar­dens and grounds plus 53 acres of grass­land. The pre­vi­ous owner let some of this land to a lo­cal farmer. There is a range of stone barns and out­build­ings, in­clud­ing a two storey hay store that could be turned into an­cil­lary ac­com­mo­da­tion if the Dales National Park plan­ners agree.

There is also a detached Dutch barn, a se­ries of field barns, a log store and garag­ing. The farm­house has mains elec­tric­ity, wa­ter from a spring and drainage to a septic tank. In­side, there is a hall­way, kitchen, sit­ting room and liv­ing room. Up­stairs, there are three bed­rooms and a bath­room.

“It has a lot of po­ten­tial. It is largely un­touched and su­perbly po­si­tioned in a pro­tected area that is un­likely ever to change,” says Tim.

ACT OF FAITH: Wim­ple House was built by the Mo­ra­vian re­li­gious com­mu­nity. Its pe­riod fea­tures have been re­tained and the home brought bang up to date by its owner Hazel Kenyon, who has re­fur­bished the prop­erty over the last seven years, in­clud­ing a stun­ning loft con­ver­sion.

COUN­TRY LIFE: East Routengill of­fers a rare chance to get away from it all in the heart of the Dales.

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