Wa­ter tower proved ideal home for cou­ple with thirst for a big project

Yorkshire Post - Property - - PROPERTY - Sharon Dale

The Wa­ter Tower, Moor Monk­ton, York. Price: £625,000. Con­tact: Sav­ills: Tel: 01904 617820, www.sav­ills. co.uk IT was love at first sight when Stuart and Vic­to­ria Selby-Jer­rold clapped eyes on The Wa­ter Tower.

“We walked round the cor­ner and gasped. It’s the sort of prop­erty that makes you go ‘wow’, like some­thing from Grand De­signs,” says Vic­to­ria.

When they bought the prop­erty two-and-a-half years ago it was suf­fer­ing from a bad case of style over sub­stance. Al­though it was newly con­verted but the de­vel­op­ers had gone out of busi­ness.

“It had been sold on again and there had been a rush to fin­ish it and so there were a lot of prob­lems, like damp and a leak­ing bath­room, that we had to fix. In fact, it took us about a year to put ev­ery­thing right and we lived in the house while the work was go­ing on. The heat­ing wasn’t work­ing prop­erly ei­ther so we en­dured one very cold win­ter,” says Vic­to­ria.

“Luck­ily we had a sur­vey that high­lighted most of the is­sues so we knew what we were buy­ing.”

The cou­ple, who have two chil­dren, car­ried out a no­ex­pense spared makeover, build­ing in fam­ily-friendly stor­age ar­eas and hir­ing in­te­rior de­signer Natalie Mur­ray-Hurst, of Har­ro­gate-based Mur­ray Hurst In­te­ri­ors, to help with the dé­cor.

“It was a blank can­vas and the rooms are very big, so we weren’t quite sure what to do with them. We aren’t very good at that sort of thing. Natalie was bril­liant and she also saved us money by mak­ing the right choices,” says Vic­to­ria, who adds: “One of the most prob­lem­atic ar­eas was our bed­room, which is where the old wa­ter tank was. It took us ages to de­cide what to do with the win­dows in there. In the end we went for shut­ters, which have worked out re­ally well.”

The prop­erty, which com­prises of the wa­ter tower and ad­join­ing con­verted sta­bles and barns, is part of a small de­vel­op­ment in a pretty ru­ral set­ting.

It has an en­trance hall, liv­ing room, gar­den room, play room, kitchen/din­ing room, util­ity,

We walked round the cor­ner and gasped. It’s the sort of prop­erty that makes you go ‘wow’.

mas­ter bed­room with en-suite bath­room and dress­ing room plus its own be­spoke stair­case and mag­nif­i­cent views. There is also a guest bed­room with en-suite shower room, two fur­ther bed­rooms and a house bath­room.

Out­side, there is a long, grav­elled drive­way, a garage with so­lar PV pan­els that gen­er­ate elec­tric­ity, a half-acre gar­den laid mainly to lawn and pad­docks that ex­tend to around four acres.

Vic­to­ria and Stuart are sell­ing to move to York.

“This is a fab­u­lous house and we will be sad to leave it, but our chil­dren are at school in York so we want to move closer to the city,” she says.

Moor Monk­ton is six miles from York and close to the A59. It sits on the con­flu­ence of the Rivers Nidd and Ouse and has a vil­lage hall and an his­toric church. The neigh­bour­ing vil­lage of Pop­ple­ton has a rail­way sta­tion with links to York, Har­ro­gate and Leeds.

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