Farm­house in fan­tas­tic lo­ca­tion will ap­peal to cul­ti­vated buy­ers

Yorkshire Post - Property - - PROPERTY - Sharon Dale

Old Low Moor Farm, Knay­ton, near Thirsk; price: in ex­cess of £900,000; con­tact: Jack­son, Stops, Staff, York, tel: 01904 625033, www.jack­son-stops. THIS idyl­lic farm­house comes with a one-bed­room cot­tage and plan­ning per­mis­sion to con­vert an ad­ja­cent barn.

This prop­erty po­ten­tial, along with 12 acres of land, looks set to ap­peal to an ar­ray of would-be buy­ers. It would suit those who want multi-gen­er­a­tional liv­ing, hobby farm­ers who crave land and those who fancy a home with in­come-gen­er­at­ing hol­i­day lets.

For own­ers Richard and Mar­garet Northrop, it was the lo­ca­tion and at­mos­phere that com­pelled them to buy it.

“We walked into the court­yard, looked at each other and said: ‘Yes, this is the one’. It’s a fan­tas­tic lo­ca­tion,” says Richard.

The cou­ple moved to Old Low Moor Farm in 2000 from Hen­ley on Thames. They were keen to re­turn to their na­tive York­shire and to be closer to their son, who lives in the North East.

“The pre­vi­ous own­ers were an ar­chi­tect and an in­te­rior de­signer so there wasn’t a lot to do in the house, al­though we have up­dated bath­rooms over the years,” says Richard.

In­stead, he and Mar­garet in­vested in the old gra­nary, con­vert­ing it into a one-bed­room cot­tage for friends and fam­ily.

“It has been fan­tas­tic and has en­abled us to keep in touch with the friends we left be­hind in the South as they en­joy com­ing up to stay. The barn could be con­verted and would make a fab­u­lous home, but it’s not some­thing we wanted or needed to do,” adds Richard.

The prop­erty sits in the mid­dle of its own land in a pretty court­yard. The front door opens into a din­ing hall with cloak­room off. The ground floor also has a draw­ing room and front sit­ting room, plus a study and a large break­fast kitchen with two-oven Aga cooker and fit­ted units. The rear hall pro­vides ac­cess to a pantry, laun­dry and sep­a­rate WC.

A stair­case rises from the din­ing hall to the land­ing, which leads to the main bed­room with wardrobes and en-suite bath­room. There are three fur­ther

We walked into the court­yard, looked at each other and said: ‘Yes, this is the one.’

bed­rooms as well as a shower room.

The Gra­nary cot­tage on the op­po­site side of the court­yard has a spa­cious, open-plan liv­ing space on the ground floor and a bed­room with en-suite above.

Fur­ther build­ings ad­join in­clud­ing a loose box, mistal, garag­ing, trac­tor shed and barn with ex­ten­sive stor­age fa­cil­i­ties. A sep­a­rate store­room houses the oil tank. A fur­ther barn pro­vides sta­bling and a log store and has con­sent for con­ver­sion.

The farm has 12 acres of land, in­clud­ing grass­land, a ten­nis court, gar­den and kitchen gar­den.

Richard and Mar­garet are sell­ing to move into Thirsk and are leav­ing with re­gret.

“We are get­ting older and so we are mov­ing some­where with­out a large gar­den and where we will be close to the shops,” adds Richard. “We are go­ing with great re­luc­tance be­cause we both love this house and we have many happy mem­o­ries of liv­ing here.”

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