The big­ger the bet­ter for cot­tage trans­formed into a coun­try house

Yorkshire Post - Property - - PROPERTY - Sharon Dale

Cock­stride House, Bor­rowby, near Thirsk Price: £775,000 Con­tact: Strutt and Parker, tel: 01423 561274, www. strut­tand­ WHEN He­lene Tay­lor and her fam­ily bought this prop­erty in 1996, they were al­ready well aware of its po­ten­tial.

“We al­ready lived in the vil­lage and we knew the house be­cause we used to go past it when we were walk­ing the dog,” says He­lene, who has spent the last 17 years en­larg­ing and re-vamp­ing what started as a three-bed­room cot­tage in need of mod­erni­sa­tion.

Fol­low­ing a se­ries of sym­pa­thetic ex­ten­sions and some clever de­sign it is now a seam­less five-bed­room coun­try home.

“We bought it for the site, which is on the edge of the vil­lage,” says He­lene. “We loved the lo­ca­tion and it pro­vided much more space for our two sons, who were four and two when we moved in.”

The first two ex­ten­sions to the side of the house pro­vided two ex­tra bed­rooms, a morn­ing room, util­ity and cloak­room. The third, at the rear, has en­abled them to cre­ate a large kitchen.

A sep­a­rate barn has been com­pletely re­fur­bished and is now a garage that also acts as a party room and a games room.

“That was an­other big pro­ject,” says He­lene. “There was just an earth floor there be­fore and it needed a new roof.”

Cock­stride House, which sits in a pri­vate set­ting on the edge of the vil­lage, now has a large re­cep­tion hall, cloak­room and util­ity room to one side, with the ma­jor­ity of the ac­com­mo­da­tion to the other. The heart of the home is the sit­ting room, kitchen/ break­fast room and morn­ing room, which boasts a fea­ture arch win­dow. Th­ese rooms spread through the mid­dle of the house and al­though sep­a­rate, they can also be semi-open plan.

The kitchen/break­fast room boasts wood units and gran­ite sur­faces sur­round­ing a cen­tral is­land. There is a range cooker and space for in­for­mal din­ing.

To the eastern end of the house, there is a large lounge/ din­ing room. Up­stairs, there is a prin­ci­ple bed­room with an en­suite bath­room. There are three fur­ther bed­rooms over­look­ing the gar­den and a fam­ily bath­room. There is also a 20ft by 15ft fifth bed­room at the western end of the house.

Out­side, there are two pa­tios, gar­dens sur­round­ing the house on all four sides and a field laid to grass and well suited for graz­ing.

The fam­ily is sell­ing to take on an­other pro­ject, but He­lene says: “The boys have grown up now but it’s a wrench for them as they love the house so much. They see it as the per­fect home and it is in a fan­tas­tic vil­lage.”

Bor­rowby is pretty and soughtafter vil­lage with a pub and easy ac­cess to the A19, which links to the A1. It is pop­u­lar with those who work in York, Leeds and Tee­side.

Like many vil­lages close to Thirsk it is be­com­ing a hotspot for house­hunters keen to take ad­van­tage of the im­proved road net­work and the rail links.

Es­tate agents re­port that the up­graded A1 has at­tracted buy­ers from all over West York­shire.

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