Por­trait of a per­fect coun­try con­ver­sion

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Sourby Lodge, Tim­ble, near Ot­ley. Price: £950,000. Con­tact: Hunters, Ilk­ley, tel: 01942 660500 www.hunter­sex­clu­sive.co.uk WHEN Lan­cas­trian Rus­sell Mel­lor de­cided to ful­fil an am­bi­tion to buy a coun­try home in York­shire, he and his wife Deb­bie did plenty of home­work be­fore fi­nally set­tling on a barn in the pic­turesque vil­lage of Tim­ble.

“We looked all over the Dales and in Ilk­ley and we came across this barn, which had beau­ti­ful views. The first thing I did was go to the lo­cal pub to ask about the builder who was con­vert­ing it,” says Rus­sell, who bought the prop­erty 18 years go.

The feed­back was pos­i­tive. Gor­don Man­son’s work was widely re­spected and he was happy to work with the Mel­lors to cre­ate their dream home.

“It was the per­fect spot for us. I was about to re­tire and am keen on walk­ing. This area is fan­tas­tic for walk­ers and it also has a great com­mu­nity,” says Rus­sell. The area has also pro­vided in­spi­ra­tion for his paint­ings. He did a de­gree in art af­ter re­tir­ing and has since shown his work in gal­leries and ex­hi­bi­tions. He now has a stu­dio next to the barn.

“I was at a loss when I re­tired and I wasn’t in­ter­ested in hit­ting golf balls about so my daugh­ter sug­gested I go back to univer­sity and do a de­gree. I get a lot of in­spi­ra­tion from the coun­try­side here and I es­pe­cially en­joy walk­ing in the woods.”

Sourby Lodge is set in two acres of south-fac­ing land­scaped gar­dens and boasts far reach­ing northerly views to Thr­uscross Reser­voir to­wards Nid­derdale and spec­tac­u­lar southerly views down the val­ley to Swin­sty Reser­voir. Its flex­i­ble liv­ing ac­com­mo­da­tion is ar­ranged over three floors with a hall­way, util­ity room, four re­cep­tion rooms, one is cur­rently be­ing used as a home study. Two bed­rooms, both with en-suite, are also on the ground floor with an ad­di­tional three bed­rooms with bath­room to the first floor. Re­claimed oak beams and par­quet floor­ing dat­ing back over 100 years, along with ex­posed stone fea­ture walls are just a few of the fea­tures.

Out­side at the front there is a drive­way and lawn. To the rear of the prop­erty is a pa­tio area with built-in be­spoke stone din­ing ta­ble and a lawn. Out­build­ings

It was the per­fect spot for us. This area is fan­tas­tic for walk­ers and has a great com­mu­nity.

pro­vide po­ten­tial for fur­ther con­ver­sion, sub­ject to plan­ning per­mis­sion,

Rus­sell and Deb­bie are mov­ing to be closer to their daugh­ter, who lives in West Sus­sex.

“We will miss the house. It is a lovely fam­ily home in a beau­ti­ful area that boasts a lot of his­tory,” says Rus­sell.

Tim­ble is a vil­lage on the slopes of The Wash­burn Val­ley. It is equidis­tant to Ot­ley, Haro­gate, Ilk­ley and Skip­ton and is home to the pop­u­lar Tim­ble Inn, an 18th Cen­tury coach­ing inn of­fer­ing lux­ury B&B ac­com­mo­da­tion, a pub and a restau­rant. In 1988, The Tim­ble Man diaries of lo­cal man John Dick­in­son, born in 1844, give an insight into the his­tory of the vil­lage and the sur­round­ing area.

COUN­TRY RE­TREAT: Sourby Lodge is a con­verted barn full of char­ac­ter, set in two acres of gar­dens, with views along the Wash­burn val­ley to Thr­uscross and Swin­sty reser­voirs. Liv­ing space is ar­ranged over three floors. Owner Rus­sell Mel­lor found the area ideal for walk­ing and paint­ing.

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