A haven near Har­ro­gate per­fect for hobby farm­ers

Yorkshire Post - Property - - PROPERTY - Sharon Dale

Yarmer Farm, Nidd, Har­ro­gate Price: £1.25m. Con­tact: Hop­kin­sons, Har­ro­gate, tel: 01423 501201, www. hop­kin­sons.net AF­TER 27 years and a long-held de­sire to spend the rest of their lives at Yarmer Farm, mov­ing is go­ing to be a wrench for John and Mar­garet Dear­den.

The cou­ple are mov­ing to Devon to buy a prop­erty with their daugh­ter and son-in-law.

“We thought we’d be here for­ever but my son-in-law has a job in Devon so we are join­ing to­gether to buy a farm with hol­i­day cot­tages down there. The com­pen­sa­tion is that it is close to Dart­mouth,” says John.

He and Mar­garet bought their house at Nidd to gain ex­tra space to ac­com­mo­date their own par­ents and over the years they have bought ad­di­tional land to cre­ate a small, 16-acre hobby farm.

They now have a prize-win­ning flock of Shetland sheep that have car­ried off the Wool on the Hoof award at the York­shire Show along with 28 breed cham­pi­onships.

“I was the chief ex­ec­u­tive of a plc but I re­tired at 55 to spend more time on the farm,” says John, who has also kept cat­tle, hens and tur­keys, as well as pro­vid­ing a home for res­cue don­keys.

“Ide­ally it would suit some­one with eques­trian in­ter­ests or a hobby farmer.”

The house, built in the 1970s, was re­cently treated to a ma­jor mod­erni­sa­tion with new win­dows and in­te­rior de­sign by Richard Grafton

It has a re­cep­tion hall, guest cloak­room/wc, sit­ting room with fea­ture open fire­place, din­ing room, study and a break­fast kitchen by The Orig­i­nal Coun­try Wood­work Co. with a con­nect­ing con­ser­va­tory and util­ity room. On the first floor, there is a mas­ter bed­room with en-suite shower room, three fur­ther bed­rooms and a play­room/dress­ing room. There is also a use­ful stu­dio/ an­nexe with a cloak­room/wc, stu­dio and bed­room/study.

Out­side, there are en­closed pri­vate for­mal gar­dens, which are walled and have es­palier pears and ap­ples. Se­cure en­try gates lead to a pri­vate drive­way with two garages.

There is a workshop, ken­nel and fuel store plus 16 acres of pad­dock land with a wood­land belt and a sta­ble block with seven loose boxes, equip­ment store, tack room and a Ware­ing out build­ing

“It is a real haven and we will be re­ally sad to leave,” says John. “But we are tak­ing the sheep with us and we are ex­cited at the thought of a new home and new ven­ture with the fam­ily.”

The house, built in the 1970s, was re­cently treated to a ma­jor mod­erni­sa­tion with new win­dows and in­te­rior de­sign by Richard Grafton.

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