An escape to the coun­try – but just a short walk into a cathe­dral city

The in­side story

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The pre­vi­ous own­ers used their de­sign skills to add a gar­den room, which is off-set on an an­gle to catch the max­i­mum nat­u­ral light. Richard and Shel­ley have since put their own mark on the Vic­to­rian house, which was built in 1864.

They in­stalled a new kitchen, changed all the bathrooms and turned the top floor of­fice into two en-suite bed­rooms us­ing lo­cal com­pa­nies Ripon In­te­ri­ors and Al­pha Kitchens and Bed­rooms. They also re­placed the con­ser­va­tory roof and com­pletely re­dec­o­rated. The gra­nary, which was sep­a­rate ac­com­mo­da­tion, is now a gym and out­side, they put in a bonded drive, a chil­dren’s play area and a veg­etable gar­den.

“It was a big project. We had the painters and dec­o­ra­tors here for six months,” says Richard.

The seven-bed­room prop­erty has four re­cep­tion rooms, a break­fast kitchen with con­ser­va­tory, a main bed­room with en-suite, six fur­ther bed­rooms, three of which have en-suites, and a house bath­room. There is also a gra­nary an­nexe used as a gym but which could be con­verted back into self­con­tained liv­ing space, a dou­ble garage and out­build­ings plus a two-bed­room cot­tage. The house sits in three acres.

The Lowes are sell­ing to spend more time at their home on Por­tu­gal’s Sil­ver Coast.

“The idea was that we would live here most of the year and it would be large enough for big Christ­mas par­ties and fam­ily get-to­geth­ers but our daughter is mov­ing out to Por­tu­gal and the re­al­ity is that we will now spend a lot more time at our home there. That’s why we are look­ing to down­size to some­thing smaller to suit our life­style,” says Richard, who adds: “We are very proud of what we have done to this prop­erty. It is a lovely home and lo­ca­tion and we have re­ally en­joyed this phase of our lives.”

For de­tails con­tact Sav­ills, tel: 01904 617800, www.sav­

Sharow is a pop­u­lar ru­ral vil­lage on the out­skirts of Ripon. It is a mile from the cen­tre of the cathe­dral city. It has a pub, pri­mary school and cricket club. The A1M is just three miles away and Thirsk train sta­tion is 10 miles away and has a di­rect ser­vice to Lon­don.

IN THE COUN­TRY: Ford House is a Vic­to­rian prop­erty set in three acres. It has seven bed­rooms, an an­nexe and a sep­a­rate cot­tage. The house, which is in the vil­lage of Sharow, is a mile from the cathe­dral city of Ripon. The an­nexe, a for­mer gra­nary, is used as a gym at present.

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