The bigger the better for cottage transformed into a country house
Cockstride House, Borrowby, near Thirsk Price: £775,000 Contact: Strutt and Parker, tel: 01423 561274, www. struttandparker.com WHEN Helene Taylor and her family bought this property in 1996, they were already well aware of its potential.
“We already lived in the village and we knew the house because we used to go past it when we were walking the dog,” says Helene, who has spent the last 17 years enlarging and re-vamping what started as a three-bedroom cottage in need of modernisation.
Following a series of sympathetic extensions and some clever design it is now a seamless five-bedroom country home.
“We bought it for the site, which is on the edge of the village,” says Helene. “We loved the location and it provided much more space for our two sons, who were four and two when we moved in.”
The first two extensions to the side of the house provided two extra bedrooms, a morning room, utility and cloakroom. The third, at the rear, has enabled them to create a large kitchen.
A separate barn has been completely refurbished and is now a garage that also acts as a party room and a games room.
“That was another big project,” says Helene. “There was just an earth floor there before and it needed a new roof.”
Cockstride House, which sits in a private setting on the edge of the village, now has a large reception hall, cloakroom and utility room to one side, with the majority of the accommodation to the other. The heart of the home is the sitting room, kitchen/ breakfast room and morning room, which boasts a feature arch window. These rooms spread through the middle of the house and although separate, they can also be semi-open plan.
The kitchen/breakfast room boasts wood units and granite surfaces surrounding a central island. There is a range cooker and space for informal dining.
To the eastern end of the house, there is a large lounge/ dining room. Upstairs, there is a principle bedroom with an ensuite bathroom. There are three further bedrooms overlooking the garden and a family bathroom. There is also a 20ft by 15ft fifth bedroom at the western end of the house.
Outside, there are two patios, gardens surrounding the house on all four sides and a field laid to grass and well suited for grazing.
The family is selling to take on another project, but Helene says: “The boys have grown up now but it’s a wrench for them as they love the house so much. They see it as the perfect home and it is in a fantastic village.”
Borrowby is pretty and soughtafter village with a pub and easy access to the A19, which links to the A1. It is popular with those who work in York, Leeds and Teeside.
Like many villages close to Thirsk it is becoming a hotspot for househunters keen to take advantage of the improved road network and the rail links.
Estate agents report that the upgraded A1 has attracted buyers from all over West Yorkshire.