Idyl­lic York­shire Dales cottage with a cu­ri­ous name

The in­side story

Yorkshire Post - Property - - PROPERTY NEWS -

THIS DE­TACHED cottage is an idyl­lic spot by a stream on the edge of Askrigg. It comes with al­most an acre of gar­den and over­looks open coun­try­side.

The source of its name is un­known, although it is shown as Dog Ken­nel Cottage on old maps and deeds.

Nigel Roberts, whose late par­ents bought the cottage from the rail­way board in 1978, says: “I think it must have been the site of dog ken­nels but whether that was be­fore or dur­ing the years it was a rail­way­man’s cottage is not known.”

The house was empty for most of the 1970s un­til Dick and Margery Roberts bought it af­ter

RARE BEAUTY: Mr Roberts’ re­tire­ment as a bank man­ager with the Mid­land in Leeds.

They got plan­ning per­mis­sion to mod­ernise and ex­tend the prop­erty, cre­at­ing a much larger, three bed­room house with garage and work­shop.

It was clev­erly de­signed so that all the main rooms have win­dows over­look­ing the gar­den and the breath­tak­ing Wens­ley­dale coun­try­side be­yond.

Nigel says: “My par­ents were not only very keen gar­den­ers, but also am­a­teur nat­u­ral his­to­ri­ans and and botanists, whose great­est de­sire was to cre­ate a gar­den from scratch. The long strip where the rail­way line used to be was still cov­ered with track and bal­last when they bought it. My fa­ther pur­chased a ride on ro­ta­va­tor as the only non back­break­ing way of break­ing up this ma­te­rial. It also en­abled him to turn over the soil be­neath and cre­ate a cul­tivable and fer­tile gar­den.”

The cou­ple land­scaped, made foot­paths and planted rare species of trees, shrubs and flow­ers. They also made a veg­etable gar­den and an or­chard.

“They had five sons, in­clud­ing me, nine grand­chil­dren and three great grand­chil­dren who could play end­less games of hide and seek in the gar­den,” says Nigel. “It was a lovely fam­ily home and we brothers have had so many good times there. We will all be sad to see the house pass out of the Roberts’ fam­ily.”

The house, which is in need of some up­dat­ing, has a kitchen, cloak­room, large liv­ing/din­ing room and a con­ser­va­tory on the ground floor. On the first floor, there are three bed­rooms and a bath­room. The cottage also has a garage and work­shop.The fam­ily has a record of the gar­den plants, which they can pass onto the new own­ers.

Con­tact: Robin Jes­sop, Ley­burn, tel: 01969 622800, www.robin­jes­sop.co.uk.

This much-loved cottage comes with a great set­ting and fab­u­lous views over Wens­ley­dale.

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