The na­tion’s favourite type of home – and in the best ru­ral place to live

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months be­fore we found this. It’s a lovely area with easy ac­cess to York, Har­ro­gate and the coast.”

The six-bed­room prop­erty was built in 1737 but was in need of mod­erni­sa­tion when Rachael and her hus­band bought it.

They did the ren­o­va­tion work in stages, open­ing more B&B guest rooms as they pro­gressed.

“Some of the fea­tures were boarded up in the 1970s, in­clud­ing the orig­i­nal fire­places so we un­cov­ered those,” says Rachael. “What was an old school room had been turned into a mu­sic room so we con­verted that into a sit­ting room.”

The cou­ple also in­stalled an en­ergy-ef­fi­cient biomass heat­ing sys­tem, which is el­i­gi­ble for the govern­ment’s re­new­able heat in­cen­tive pay­ments un­til 2035.

The pay­ments over the next 18 years could to­tal in the re­gion of £70,000 to £80,000.

The 4,800 sq. ft house now has a hall­way, a 25 ft long sit­ting room with open fire and ful­l­length bay win­dow with shut­ters, a sec­ond sit­ting room, study, din­ing room, large break­fast kitchen with Aga, a util­ity room and a cel­lar.

On the first floor, there are three bed­rooms with en-suite bath­rooms. On the sec­ond floor, there is a fourth bed­room with en-suite and two fur­ther bed­rooms.

Out­side, there are gar­dens to the front and rear along with an out­build­ing, garage and park­ing area.

Rachael and her hus­band are sell­ing as she now has three young chil­dren, in­clud­ing twoyear-old twins. She says: “The av­er­age time peo­ple run a B&B for is seven years and we have done it for 14 and re­ally en­joyed it. It’s a lovely busi­ness and a great house but it’s be­come dif­fi­cult to jug­gle this kind of work with three young chil­dren, which is why we are sell­ing.”

Es­tate agent Jette Em­s­ley of Hunters says: “The Old Rec­tory is full of char­ac­ter and charm and has nu­mer­ous pe­riod fea­tures. It is a flourishing B&B and a su­perb fam­ily home.”

For de­tails con­tact Hunters, Eas­ing­wold, tel 01347 823535,

Thor­manby lies on the A19 north of York, half­way be­tween Eas­ing­wold and Thirsk.

QUAL­ITY OF LIFE: This Ge­or­gian rec­tory in the at­trac­tive Ham­ble­ton dis­trict of North York­shire is full of pe­riod fea­tures in­clud­ing fire­places, shut­ters and cor­nic­ing. It has six bed­rooms and is cur­rently run as a B&B. The prop­erty is heated by a...

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