’Ello, ’ello, ’ello – an ar­rest­ing house that’s full of charm and char­ac­ter

Yorkshire Post - Property - - PROPERTY - Sharon Dale

The Old Po­lice House, South View, Ri­p­ley. Price: £695,000. Con­tact: Buchanan Mitchell, tel: 01423 360055, www. buchanan­mitchell.com IT’S easy to see why Bron­wen Har­low fell in love with this his­toric house, a clas­sic Ri­p­ley stone prop­erty built in the early 19th cen­tury which is steeped in charm and his­tory.

Homes rarely come for sale in the es­tate vil­lage, near Har­ro­gate, so Bron­wen seized her chance when the prop­erty came up for sale in 1992.

“We lived in a small cot­tage and were look­ing for some­where big­ger when we saw a tiny ad­vert for the house in the lo­cal pa­per. It was serendip­i­tous.

“I called straight away and ar­ranged to view it and as soon as I walked through the door I could feel the warm and wel­com­ing at­mos­phere. It just wraps it­self around you,” says Bron­wen, who was also bowled over by the large gar­den, which proved per­fect for her two sons.

The grade two listed prop­erty served as the lo­cal po­lice house un­til 1960 and while pre­vi­ous own­ers had car­ried out some mod­erni­sa­tion, Bron­wen and her fam­ily picked up the ba­ton and con­tin­ued to make many more im­prove­ments.

“It had util­ity room and sep­a­rate kitchen, which we com­bined to make a large liv­ing kitchen.

“It also had a very big bath­room, which we split to cre­ate an en suite for the mas­ter bed­room and a sep­a­rate house bath­room,” she says.

The in­te­rior boasts many tra­di­tional fea­tures, in­clud­ing mul­lion win­dows, open fire­places, win­dow seats and ex­posed beams. The house has an en­trance hall, draw­ing room, din­ing room, liv­ing kitchen and cloak­room.

Up­stairs, there is a mas­ter bed­room with en-suite, two fur­ther bed­rooms and a house bath­room.

Out­side, there is a pri­vate, gated drive and park­ing area, plus a dou­ble garage with a stu­dio above. This is ide­ally suited as a hob­bies room or ad­di­tional liv­ing ac­com­mo­da­tion.

The land­scaped gar­dens in­clude a new Gabriel Ash green­house.

It’s a real wrench be­cause I love the house and the boys have loved grow­ing up here.

Bron­wen is sell­ing to down­size now that her sons are at univer­sity.

“It’s a real wrench be­cause I love the house and the boys have loved grow­ing up here.

“It is a fan­tas­tic vil­lage with a won­der­ful com­mu­nity so I am hop­ing not to move too far away.”

Ge­orgina Buchanan, of Buchanan Mitchell, says: “This is a rare and ex­cit­ing op­por­tu­nity to ac­quire this unique vil­lage house.

“It is sim­ple gor­geous and it oozes char­ac­ter­ful charm. It is an el­e­gant yet supremely com­fort­able fam­ily home with a light and gra­cious feel and it ben­e­fits from views of the gar­dens and grounds from all as­pects.”

Ri­p­ley, which is be­tween Har­ro­gate and Ri­p­ley, is fa­mous for its cas­tle and for the Boar’s Head Inn, renowned for its food. It also a pri­mary school, church, art gallery and shops in­clud­ing a deli and a butcher’s.

FAM­ILY HOME: The Old Po­lice House at Ri­p­ley has its roots in the early 1800s and is full of pe­riod fea­tures. It also boasts a large gar­den and a garage with first floor stu­dio. Owner Bron­wen Har­low says it has a warm and wel­com­ing at­mos­phere and the vil­lage is a won­der­ful com­mu­nity.

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