Per­fect coun­try hide­away on edge of flower meadow

Yorkshire Post - Property - - PROPERTY - Sharon Dale Fox­grove, New­sham, near Rich­mond. Price: £795,000 Con­tact: Smiths Gore, tel 01325 370500, www. smiths­

THE own­ers of this gor­geous, grade two listed home had been house hunt­ing for three years un­til they found what they were look­ing for.

“The be­at­i­ful, pri­vate set­ting was amaz­ing and we looked it and im­me­di­ately thought ‘this is the one for us,’” says Roger Ma­son.

He and his wife Penny bought the house four years ago and have since car­ried out an ex­ten­sive ren­o­va­tion.

The work car­ried out in­cludes a new roof, new plumb­ing and wiring and a ma­jor re­design of the in­te­rior.

“It hadn’t been touched for 20 years and it didn’t have cen­tral heat­ing, just three stor­age heaters for the whole place, so it was freez­ing. Part of the back wall was bowed out and when we knocked it down and re­built a third of the house, so we thought we may as well re-or­gan­ise the lay­out at the same time,” says Roger.

The cou­ple now have a cosy home that works per­fectly af­ter mov­ing the kitchen to the other end of the house.

The prop­erty, which dates back to the 15th cen­tury with Ge­or­gian and later 20th cen­tury ad­di­tions, has re­tained its pe­riod fea­tures. Th­ese in­clude sash win­dows, beams and fire­places.

Rooms in­clude a break­fast kitchen with a four-oven Aga stove and bi-fold­ing doors which open out onto a flagged pa­tio space.

A dual as­pect log-burn­ing stove sep­a­rates the kitchen area and liv­ing space, keep­ing both warm.

An in­ner hall with cloak­room leads to a sit­ting room, din­ing room, study and a util­ity room, which also has ac­cess to the gar­den.

Up­stairs, there is a new mas­ter bed­room suite with dress­ing area and en-suite and there are three fur­ther bed­rooms and two bath­rooms.

Out­side, there is a gar­den with a stone hen house and shed; a garage and six acres of an­cient wild­flower meadow and pas­ture.

The land is dis­sected by a small stream and in­ter­spersed with ma­ture trees and hedges, which give it the feel of a park­land set­ting.

Roger and Penny are sell­ing to down­size but are sad to leave their ideal home.

“It’s been a heart rend­ing de­ci­son but we want to move some­where smaller,” Roger ex­plained.

Fox­grove is on the edge of the small vil­lage of New­sham. The vil­lage is close to Rich­mond, Barnard Cas­tle and Dar­ling­ton.

PRI­VATE SET­TING: Fox­grove is a grade two listed home which has been ex­ten­sively ren­o­vated. The prop­erty dates back to the 15th cen­tury.

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