Chance to fol­low in foot­steps of the inn crowd at White Swan House

Yorkshire Post - Property - - PROPERTY - Sharon Dale White Swan House, Nun Monk­ton, price: £999,000, con­tact: Carter Jonas,

AF­TER years of gaz­ing long­ingly at White Swan House, Belinda and James McKelvie were first off the mark when the prop­erty came up for sale.

“We lived in a cot­tage across the road for ten years and al­ways dreamed of liv­ing there. It looks like a doll’s house and we fell in love with it. It wasn’t re­ally the right time for us to buy it but we couldn’t re­sist,” says Belinda.

The prop­erty was built in 1754 as a pub and closed in the 1930s, af­ter which it be­came a dwelling. When the McKelvies bought the house it was need of ren­o­va­tion and they have spent the last eight years mak­ing it more en­ergy- ef­fi­cient and suit­able for mod­ern liv­ing.

It now boasts a state-of-the art ground-sourced heat pump, which runs the un­der­floor heat­ing, and the cou­ple have added in­su­la­tion to all the ex­ter­nal walls. New plumb­ing and wiring were also in­stalled.

“The house had last been mod­ernised in the 1960s and 70s and so a lot of fea­tures had been taken out and re­placed with in­ap­pro­pri­ate new ad­di­tions like bay win­dows with bulls­eye glass,” says James.

“It needed a lot of work to put that right but it also had a lot of orig­i­nal ele­ments like the stair­case, beams, doors and an old bread oven.”

The cou­ple, who have two daugh­ters, Lot­tie, 11, and Phoebe, eight, also changed the lay­out and cre­ated a stun­ning rear ex­ten­sion.

“We lived in the orig­i­nal part of the house while the ex­ten­sion was be­ing built, which was hard work but well worth it,” says Belinda, who also man­aged to source Ge­or­gian fire­places and pe­riod-style front gates for the prop­erty.

The grade two-listed Ge­or­gian house now has an en­trance hall, cloak­room, sit­ting room, din­ing room, study, a large liv­ing kitchen with bespoke units and slate worktops plus din­ing and sit­ting ar­eas. There is a sep­a­rate util­ity room.

Up­stairs, there is a mas­ter bed­room with en-suite bath­room, four fur­ther dou­ble bed­rooms, a house bath­room and a shower room.

Out­side, there are ex­ten­sive gar­dens and grounds of ap­prox­i­mately one acre while the fam­ily has cre­ated an orchard along with fruit and veg­etable plots. There is also a dou­ble garage, gar­den store and work­shop.

The McKelvies are sell­ing to move closer to their daugh­ters’ school, though are sad to leave the house and the vil­lage.

“We have lived here for 16 years so leav­ing is go­ing to be a big wrench. It’s a mag­i­cal vil­lage and we’ve also put our heart and soul into the house but it is time to move and we’re go­ing to try city liv­ing for a change,” says Belinda.

Nun Monk­ton, be­tween Har­ro­gate and York, is one of York­shire’s most idyl­lic river­side vil­lages. It is built round a vil­lage green with may­pole and duck ponds. Dur­ing the spring and sum­mer months High­land and Gal­loway cat­tle graze there freely.

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