Stun­ning home in the rac­ing town of Mid­dle­ham

The in­side story

Yorkshire Post - Property - - PROPERTY NEWS -

TAK­ING THE scenic route home from a job in New­cas­tle led to Daniel Thomas los­ing his heart to Mid­dle­ham.

Driv­ing through the his­toric mar­ket town stirred mem­o­ries of a child­hood visit to the cas­tle and after stop­ping for re­fresh­ments he was cap­ti­vated and vowed to make a re­turn trip.

“I came back and de­cided

I’d like a home here. It is such a lovely place. It has a cas­tle, a cricket ground, a shop, peace and quiet, pubs and restau­rants and the race­horses,” says Daniel.

Mid­dle­ham is home to a num­ber of rac­ing sta­bles and watch­ing the thor­ough­breds walk up through the town to the nearby gal­lops is a big at­trac­tion for tourists.

Daniel found Ham­monds House after hear­ing that the owner was keen to sell. “I knocked on her door and made an of­fer there and then. This is one of the most se­cluded and pri­vate prop­er­ties you could wish for. A real sanc­tu­ary from the out­side world,” he says.

The build­ing is thought to have been sta­bles for an old coach­ing inn and was orig­i­nally con­verted into a home by the ac­tor Richard Franklin, who played Cap­tain Yates in Doc­tor Who. By the time Daniel bought it in 2014, the in­te­rior was dated and dark.

He hired a her­itage builder along with Kevin and Janet Stevens, who run the Red House sal­vage and vin­tage store in Bedale.

The cou­ple are trained ar­chi­tects with Janet spe­cial­is­ing in design and Kevin chief sal­vage hunter and a gifted joiner.

“They were fan­tas­tic. We com­pletely re­con­fig­ured the space and put in some ex­tra win­dows to make it much lighter. It has made an enor­mous dif­fer­ence,” says Daniel.

The link de­tached home now has a boot room with a util­ity cup­board, a shower room and a large open-plan living space with a kitchen and full-height glazed win­dow to the front plus French doors to the rear. The room is warmed by a wood­burn­ing stove. The ground floor also has a sep­a­rate sit­ting room/ sec­ond bed­room with open fire. On the first floor, there is a large bed­room with vaulted ceil­ing, a dress­ing room and a bath­room. Out­side, there is a park­ing space, a court­yard gar­den and a side gar­den with a paved pa­tio.

Daniel is selling as he now spends much of his time work­ing away. “I will miss it. It of­fers a lovely life­style,” he says.

Con­tact Dacre Son and Hart­ley, tel: 01765 605151, www. dacres.co.uk

CHAM­PION HOME: This charc­ter­ful prop­erty has been ren­o­vated and the in­te­rior re­con­fig­ured to cre­ate the per­fect bolt hole.

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