Live in sim­ply splen­did style in this mini Down­ton

Yorkshire Post - Property - - PROPERTY - Sharon Dale Thorpe Lodge, Lit­tlethorpe, Ripon; Price: £2.5m; Con­tact: Giles Edwards, tel: 01765 688353, www.geyp.co.uk

IT’S only one more sleep un­til the next se­ries of Down­ton Abbey and a le­gion of fans are ex­cited at the prospect of join­ing the Earl of Gran­tham, Lady Mary et al as they en­ter the Jazz Age.

The plot is im­por­tant, of course, but the suc­cess of Down­ton also lies in the fash­ions and the splen­did house. While such a prop­erty is be­yond the limit of most bud­gets, Thorpe Lodge of­fers a more man­age­able al­ter­na­tive.

This mini Down­ton boasts beau­ti­ful in­te­ri­ors and grounds thanks to its own­ers Juliet and Tommy Jowitt. The cou­ple bought it in 1982, when it was in des­per­ate need of mod­erni­sa­tion.

“A friend told us that Thorpe Lodge was com­ing up for sale and we went round and made an of­fer. We’d vis­ited the house and they are now part of the National Gar­den Scheme.

The grade two listed house dates back to the 1700s, though the main part was built in 1821 and it has a re­cep­tion hall, draw­ing room, din­ing room, sup­per room,sit­ting room/ li­brary, of­fice, kitchen, sun­room/ break­fast room, laun­dry, two cloak­rooms and a util­ity room. Up­stairs, there are six bed­rooms, five bath­rooms and a dress­ing room to the mas­ter bed­room.

Out­side, there is ex­ten­sive garag­ing, store­rooms and work­shops, for­mal gar­dens, a walled gar­den, a se­ries of ponds, an orchard and a swim­ming pool in 12 acres.

There is also a staff flat plus The Wood House, a self-con­tained north wing, with five bed­rooms and two bath­rooms.

The cou­ple are sell­ing to down­size.

“We have loved liv­ing here,” says Juliet.

Thorpe Lodge is a beau­ti­fully re­stored coun­try house that of­fers a more man­age­able al­ter­na­tive for those who dream of Down­ton Abbey.

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