‘Coun­try house in town’ that was built for Cromwell’s grand­daugh­ter

Yorkshire Post - Property - - PROPERTY - Sharon Dale In­gram House, Thirsk. Price: £850,000. Con­tact: Ch­ester­ton Hum­berts, York, tel : 01904 611828, www. chester­ton­hum­berts.com

THE own­ers of this grade two listed Ge­or­gian prop­erty re­fer to it as their “coun­try house in the town” thanks to its prime po­si­tion.

Screened by walls and ma­ture trees, it is hid­den away but has views over the river and is just a few min­utes walk from the shops in the mar­ket town of Thirsk.

For­mer Lieu­tenant Colonel Mike Healey and his wife Mo bought the house nine years ago af­ter be­ing blown away by the lo­ca­tion and the ar­chi­tec­ture.

“We both love Ge­or­gian houses and this had a lovely feel to it, plus be­ing close to the town re­ally ap­pealed,” says Mo.

The prop­erty needed mod­erni­sa­tion and while Mike worked away, she “camped out” there and pro­ject man­aged.

“I had a great team but I wanted to be on site to make ev­ery­thing was done how we wanted it, so stay­ing here while we took ev­ery­thing back to bare plas­ter was hard but it was worth­while,” she says.

The house now has a stun­ning new kitchen and bath­rooms along with a dé­cor that com­ple­ments its rich his­tory.

In­gram House was built as the Dower House for Lady El­iz­a­beth Fran­k­land-Rus­sell, grand­daugh­ter of Oliver Cromwell and wife of the sec­ond Baronet, Sir Thomas Fran­k­land of the nearby Thirkleby Park Es­tate. The Pal­la­dian-fronted home dates from around 1720 and was ex­tended in the 1860s.

Pe­riod fea­tures in­clude dec­o­ra­tive sash win­dows with work­ing shut­ters, pan­elling and fire­places. Mo was also keen to find a por­trait of Lady El­iz­a­beth to link back to the past.

“I couldn’t find one but I tracked down a por­trait of her t wo grand­daugh­ters with Rose­berry Top­ping in the back­ground in the Wash­ing­ton DC Gallery of Art.

“I have had it copied and it now hangs on the land­ing,” she says.

The house has an en­trance hall lead­ing to a din­ing room, draw­ing room with twin sash win­dows over­look­ing the gar­den, a sit­ting room and a con­ser­va­tory. The din­ing kitchen has a slate floor and bespoke painted and an­tique pine units.

The laun­dry room ad­joins the kitchen. On the first floor, there are four dou­ble bed­rooms, a house bath­room, a fur­ther bath­room and a shower room.

The sec­ond floor in­cludes two more bed­rooms, a large store­room and box­room.

Out­side, there is a large court­yard where the orig­i­nal coach house and sta­bles have been trans­formed into a dou­ble garage, an of­fice/ stu­dio with two large rooms and a store­room that have plan­ning per­mis­sion for fur­ther de­vel­op­ment.

There is also a ter­race, car­port, out­build­ings, work­shop and gar­dens laid to lawn.

The Healeys are sell­ing to down­size but Mo af­ter in­vest­ing so much love and hard work in the prop­erty, Mo says: “It is too big for just the two of us but I shall miss it and I know I will cry when I leave.”

In­gram House is a gor­geous Ge­or­gian home within walk­ing dis­tance of the cen­tre of Thirsk. It also comes with a con­verted coach house and sta­bles plus out­build­ings. The Pal­la­dian-fronted house dates from around 1720 and was built for Lady El­iz­a­beth Fran­k­land-Rus­sell.

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