This gorgeous property is in the pretty village of Leavening, near Malton, and it’s easy to see why Hilary and Tony Pegrum fell in love with it when they first saw it 11 years ago.
“We first saw Brook Cottage in early summer and made a bid that same day. We were bowled over by the sprawling south-facing garden and we had always wanted to live in a rambling stone cottage,” says Hilary.
“We were also won over by the village primary school and pub. Our three children have grown up here playing badminton and football on the lawn and we have a huge trampoline and a hammock slung between two damson trees. The dogs have 3/4 acre of green space to run around in and beyond are fields that rise to Leavening Brow where there are some of the finest views of Ryedale, across to the White Horse and the Dales.”
The couple have made the property even more desirable by making it more family and eco-friendly.
They have created a large kitchen/dining room with living area, extended the windows on both floors to bring in more natural light from the southern aspect and moved the staircase.
They have also built an extension to the rear that opens directly on to the terrace and built a guest annexe.
Thanks to them the house is heated by a wood pellet boiler and solar panels.
“Tony and I both work in York and our children are schooled in Malton but have evening training sessions in York, so this location, which is between the two places, has proved perfect,” says Hilary.
The house has a porch, entrance hall, wc, kitchen/dining/living room with walk-in pantry, drawing room, sitting room, and snug. The annexe has a large bedroom, bathroom and a utility room. Upstairs, there is a principal bedroom, principal bathroom, three further bedrooms, a house bathroom, large landing with work space and French doors to a rear outdoor staircase. The property also has an integral garage with potential for development, a brick outbuilding, wood store, greenhouse, shed with eco-friendly proBASE, a south-facing garden, large stone terrace and parking for four cars.
“With two of our children now teenagers clamouring for more independence and our youngest nearly through the village primary school we are going try town living for a change, but we will miss the house and village tremendously,” says Hilary.
For details on Brook Cottage, contact Blenkin and Co, tel: 01904 671672, www.blenkinandco.com
*Leavening is a short drive from the market town of Malton, which has developed a reputation for culinary excellence and independent shops.