A haven near Harrogate perfect for hobby farmers
Yarmer Farm, Nidd, Harrogate Price: £1.25m. Contact: Hopkinsons, Harrogate, tel: 01423 501201, www. hopkinsons.net AFTER 27 years and a long-held desire to spend the rest of their lives at Yarmer Farm, moving is going to be a wrench for John and Margaret Dearden.
The couple are moving to Devon to buy a property with their daughter and son-in-law.
“We thought we’d be here forever but my son-in-law has a job in Devon so we are joining together to buy a farm with holiday cottages down there. The compensation is that it is close to Dartmouth,” says John.
He and Margaret bought their house at Nidd to gain extra space to accommodate their own parents and over the years they have bought additional land to create a small, 16-acre hobby farm.
They now have a prize-winning flock of Shetland sheep that have carried off the Wool on the Hoof award at the Yorkshire Show along with 28 breed championships.
“I was the chief executive of a plc but I retired at 55 to spend more time on the farm,” says John, who has also kept cattle, hens and turkeys, as well as providing a home for rescue donkeys.
“Ideally it would suit someone with equestrian interests or a hobby farmer.”
The house, built in the 1970s, was recently treated to a major modernisation with new windows and interior design by Richard Grafton
It has a reception hall, guest cloakroom/wc, sitting room with feature open fireplace, dining room, study and a breakfast kitchen by The Original Country Woodwork Co. with a connecting conservatory and utility room. On the first floor, there is a master bedroom with en-suite shower room, three further bedrooms and a playroom/dressing room. There is also a useful studio/ annexe with a cloakroom/wc, studio and bedroom/study.
Outside, there are enclosed private formal gardens, which are walled and have espalier pears and apples. Secure entry gates lead to a private driveway with two garages.
There is a workshop, kennel and fuel store plus 16 acres of paddock land with a woodland belt and a stable block with seven loose boxes, equipment store, tack room and a Wareing out building
“It is a real haven and we will be really sad to leave,” says John. “But we are taking the sheep with us and we are excited at the thought of a new home and new venture with the family.”
The house, built in the 1970s, was recently treated to a major modernisation with new windows and interior design by Richard Grafton.