Derelict farm’s new lease of life with no-ex­pense-spared makeover

Yorkshire Post - Property - - PROPERTY - Sharon Dale Bul­lace Trees Farm, Robert­town, Li­versedge. Price: £795,000. Contact: York­shire’s Finest, Denby Dale, tel: 01484 865647, www. york­shires­

THE farm­house on Bul­lace Trees Lane had slipped grad­u­ally into dere­lic­tion with the owner clos­ing off rooms as they be­came un­in­hab­it­able. Even­tu­ally, it was left empty for 16 years be­fore An­drew and Ber­nadette Hodgson came to its res­cue.

They bought the grade two listed prop­erty in 2008 and could see it had po­ten­tial, though they didn’t re­alise quite what a chal­lenge it rep­re­sented.

Al­though An­drew is an ex­pe­ri­enced builder, he was un­used to work­ing with pe­riod prop­erty. “My day job is more ex­ten­sions and new kitchens and so I’d never tack­led any­thing like this,” he says.

“But it ticked all the boxes in terms of lo­ca­tion and size and so we bought it. It was a huge job though. The gable was bel­ly­ing out and there were holes in the roof. Inside, rooms had been closed off and in­ter­nal walls built to block off the parts where rain was leak­ing in. We did ev­ery­thing from the roof and chim­neys down.”

The listed sta­tus proved frus­trat­ing and An­drew had to fight to re­in­state some of the mul­lion win­dows.

“The orig­i­nal mul­lion win­dows had been taken out and re­placed with big­ger win­dows back and front, which I didn’t think were ap­pro­pri­ate or in keep­ing. Bizarrely, the new win­dows were part of the list­ing and I had to stick out to change them, though I was only al­lowed to change them for mul­lions at the front.”

That kind of at­ten­tion to de­tail is re­flected throughout the stun­ning prop­erty, which was built in 1609 and has a host of pe­riod fea­tures, in­clud­ing orig­i­nal in­glenook fire­places and beams, which were care­fully cleaned by hand to re­tain mak­ers marks.

“I wanted to do it jus­tice and so we didn’t skimp on any­thing, as my bank bal­ance will tes­tify,” says An­drew.

The farm­house, which is set in two acres and has 3,306 sq. ft of space, has a din­ing kitchen with Aga, a din­ing hall with oak pan­elled walls, sit­ting room, draw­ing room, snug, study, util­ity and cloak­room. There is also a down­stairs guest suite with dou­ble bed­room and bath­room and its own ex­ter­nal door.

On the first floor, there is a mas­ter bed­room with en­suite and dress­ing room, three bed­rooms and two en-suites. Out­side, there is a gar­den plus two sta­bles, a tack room, turnout area and a 1.5 acre pad­dock.

Three derelict cot­tages are also in­cluded with the sale and these have scope to be con­verted into work­shops or garages.

An­drew and Ber­nadette are sell­ing so they can ren­o­vate and live in a nearby barn, which came with the prop­erty.

He says: “Ren­o­vat­ing the farm­house has been a real eye opener. I’ve used a lot of tra­di­tional meth­ods like lime plas­ter­ing, so I’ve learned a lot on this project and I am re­ally pleased with how it’s all turned out.”

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