Cot­tages of­fer tran­quil ru­ral oasis bor­der­ing coun­try house es­tate

Yorkshire Post - Property - - PROPERTY - Sharon Dale Vine Cot­tage and Pear Tree. Cot­tage, Ow­ston, near Don­caster. Price: £1m. Con­tact: Carter Jonas, tel. 0113 203 1090, www.carter­jonas.

WHEN Eileen Lee first saw her choco­late box cot­tage in the beau­ti­ful con­ser­va­tion vil­lage of Ow­ston, the at­trac­tion was in­stant.

“We en­tered into the heart of the vil­lage, un­der the dou­ble arched bell tower to­wards a pretty grade II listed cot­tage, known as the es­tate house, which shone out from be­hind the trees and I in­stantly fell in love with it. Noth­ing else would suf­fice,” she says.

Vine Cot­tage wasn’t on the mar­ket, but she per­suaded the es­tate owner to sell it in 1985, along with some of the his­tor­i­cal ar­bore­tum that backed onto the gar­den.

The 17th cen­tury prop­erty had un­der­gone some ren­o­va­tion, but Eileen and her first hus­band, Peter, max­imised the po­ten­tial and spent a small for­tune trans­form­ing it into a stun­ning fam­ily home.

They en­gaged his­toric build­ings spe­cial­ist David Michel­more and his team of crafts­man to restore the cot­tage and com­mis­sioned bespoke fur­ni­ture from Short­land and Small­bone.

Brian Juhos, a Lon­don-based in­te­rior de­signer, ad­vised on the dé­cor.

In 1993, Eileen bought neigh­bour­ing Pear Tree Cot­tage and turned it into guest ac­com­mo­da­tion and she and sec­ond hus­band, Richard, later con­verted an ad­join­ing out­build­ing into an of­fice and board­room for their busi­ness.

“Each prop­erty has its own charm but as a whole we de­scribe it as our oasis,” says Eileen.

Vine Cot­tage has three re­cep­tion rooms, a kitchen with Aga, util­ity room, cloak­room, four dou­ble bed­rooms and two bath­rooms.

Pear Tree cot­tage has a hall, sit­ting room, study, large farm­house kitchen with Ray­burn, util­ity room, three bed­rooms and two bath­rooms. A con­verted an­nexe now serves as the main din­ing room but was a board­room with bespoke of­fice fur­ni­ture in solid oak.

Out­side, there is a dou­ble garage, park­ing for up to ten ve­hi­cles, an out­build­ing, a log cabin used as a gym and sauna, plus gar­dens and grounds of twoand-a-half acres.

Eileen and Richard are sell­ing as they are con­sid­er­ing liv­ing abroad. She says: “We have resided in the vil­lage for some 28 years. Our chil­dren Natalie and Ben­jamin have been for­tu­nate to have ex­pe­ri­enced such a place to grow and to ap­pre­ci­ate the good things that the tran­quil, ru­ral set­ting has to of­fer. The priv­i­lege of be­ing part of this unique es­tate, is one that we are im­mensely proud of. To say we will miss the old place, its her­itage and com­mu­nity spirit is an un­der­state­ment.”

Ow­ston is close to the A19 and three miles from the A1. It com­prises of 19 houses, a Nor­man church and is also home to Ow­ston Hall coun­try house ho­tel with its cham­pi­onship golf course.

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