Classic Georgian farmhouse in rural setting but with A1 links
Hill Farm, Tunstall, near Richmond. Price: £585,000 Contact: George F. White, Bedale, tel: 01677 425301, www.georgefwhite.co.uk THE classic Georgian good looks, the view and the location tempted Ruth and Steve Davies to tackle their first renovation project.
“We had previously lived in newly-built houses and I’d always wanted an older property. This was perfect. We views are spectacular. You can see right across to the North York Moors.
“We looked at a lot of other properties but there was no contest,” says Ruth, who relished the challenge of modernising the four-bedroom, former farmhouse.
The first job was to knock down the dividing wall between the sitting room and kitchen to create one big living space.
They also created an en-suite bathroom upstairs, put in a new house bathroom, re-plastered and replaced ceilings, refurbished the roof and decorated.
“It was a big job but we had a really good set of workmen, which helped,” says Ruth.
The house has light, wellproportioned rooms with many period features including panelling, solid panelled doors, high ceilings with cornicing, deep skirting boards and a 1930s kitchen range. To complement this, there are new, double glazed sash windows.
The property has an entrance hall, dining room, living room, kitchen with woodburning stove, utility room and cloakroom.
On the first floor, there is a a master bedroom with en-suite, three large bedrooms and a house bathroom. Outside, there are three outbuildings, a newly-built double garage and a courtyard.
The garden runs to the side and front of the house and there is a gate to the two-acre paddock, which slopes down gently to a small stream.
Ruth and Steve, who bought the house two years ago, are selling reluctantly due to a job relocation.
“Steve has a new job covering Lancashire and North Wales, which is why we are selling.
“It’s sad because this is such a lovely house,” says Ruth.
A spokesman for George F. White says: “Hill Farm is the archetypal stone built Georgian gentleman’s farmhouse.
“It has been painstakingly restored.
“From top to bottom the property has enjoyed a complete refit to bring it into the 21st Century.”
Tunstall is a popular village nestled between lower Wensleydale and lower Swaledale set amongst rolling countryside.
The village supports a public house (the Bay Horse), a village hall and a church.
Yet despite its rural location, the A1 Catterick junction is just a five- minute drive away from Hill Farm.
The historic market towns of Richmond, Bedale, and Leyburn can also be reached in less than 15 minutes
The highly acclaimed Richmond equestrian centre is just a mile away offering full or part livery.