Per­fectly po­si­tioned home works won­der­fully for fam­ily and friends

Yorkshire Post - Property - - PROPERTY - Sharon Dale Mill House, Top­cliffe, near Thirsk. Price: £650,000. Con­tact: Strutt and Parker tel: 01423 561274, www. strut­tand­

SPACE for fam­ily and friends to stay was one of the main cri­te­ria when Claire and Ed­ward Cado­gan were house hunt­ing.

The cou­ple had moved from Lon­don and were keen not to lose touch with their loved ones.

The prop­erty they bought cer­tainly has plenty of room but it’s also very hand­ily placed close to the A1 and is a per­fect pit stop for friends trav­el­ling from Lon­don to Scot­land.

“We were orig­i­nally look­ing near Tad­caster, where we had been rent­ing, but we couldn’t find anything. We de­cided to look fur­ther afield and found this,” says Claire.

“We were thrilled be­cause it’s a lot more ru­ral up here than in the golden tri­an­gle and prop­erty prices aren’t as ex­pen­sive. We’re also just out­side a fan­tas­tic vil­lage that has lots of fa­cil­i­ties in­clud­ing a doc­tor’s surgery and a school.

“That was very im­por­tant for me. Ed­ward would’ve loved to buy a place sev­eral miles down a track but I had al­ways lived in Lon­don and didn’t want to be too iso­lated.

“Here we have the best of both worlds and we see a lot of our friends who travel up to Scot­land be­cause we aren’t far from the A1.”

The cou­ple, who have three chil­dren, have con­verted the at­tic space into bed­rooms, up­dated the bath­rooms and dec­o­rated through­out af­ter buy­ing the prop­erty in 2004.

It dates from 1760 and is grade two listed with an en­trance hall, play­room, snug, kitchen/ break­fast room with doors lead­ing to a south-fac­ing ter­race, pantry, din­ing room, sit­ting room and cloak­room.

Up­stairs, there is a master bed­room with dress­ing room and bath­room, a guest bed­room with en-suite, four fur­ther bed­rooms and a study.

Out­side, there is a large park­ing area, a brick build­ing hous­ing the wa­ter pump, a sin­gle garage, gar­dener’s store and a court­yard with dog ken­nel. The main lawns lie to the south east of the main house and there are river­side walks close by.

The house is full of pe­riod fea­tures such as sash win­dows, beams and flagged floors along with some more un­usual ad­di­tions.

The iron pil­lar in the kitchen came from the nearby mill, which is now apart­ments, and the or­nate arch in the hall­ways up­stairs is from Balder­sby Park, now Queen Mary’s School.

“The owner of Balder­sby Park was re­fur­bish­ing the house and had a sale and the Lis­ter fam­ily, who owned the mill and mill house, bought it and in­stalled it here,” says Claire, who is sell­ing to move to Der­byshire.

“We’re mov­ing with Ed­ward’s job and I’m sad to be leav­ing the house and the area. It’s a lovely place to live and bring up chil­dren.”

Top­cliffe is close to the A1 and the A19. The vil­lage also has a highly re­garded pri­mary school, doc­tor’s surgery.

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