Paul Harris is a documentary, travel and adventure photographer who regularly works for The National Trust and the Yorkshire Dales National Park.He has seen some of the world’s most beautiful places, which means it takes a lot to impress his superior eye.He’s also not given to hyperbole, so when he says that the views from his home, Suttill House, are “second to none”, you know they are spectacular. His photographs, above, are visual proof. The views are one of the main reasons he bought the property 17 years ago.
The house, which is for sale for £685,000 with Strutt and Parker, is in the hamlet of Stean, near How Stean Gorge and close to the pretty village of Middlesmoor in Nidderdale.“The views are beautiful in all weathers and I have never seen as many rainbows,” says Mr Harris, who is selling to relocate to Shropshire.
The open plan dining kitchen
Along with updating and decorating the main house, he converted one of the historic buildings on the site into cottage/studio. There is also a single garage and adjoining workshop, along with a four acre paddock and two barns that offer the potential for conversion into accommodation, subject to the necessary planning permissions.The main house, which was built around 1846, includes many original features, including beams and Bastille limestone flooring, which have been restored.
Leading from the portico porch through the front door, the ground floor has a large dining hall with a multi-fuel stove set in an inglenook fireplace. This room is open to the kitchen, which is fitted with handmade units.The separate dual aspect sitting room has an open fireplace and a large window overlooking the garden and surrounding countryside. There is also a large utility/boot room with original stone larder shelves and on the first floor, there are three bedrooms and a bathroom.
Outside, there is a garden with a vegetabkle plot garden. The grass paddock is now a wild flower meadow and is bordered by How Stean Beck. Mr Harris has planted 100 trees on the side of the stream.Suttill House sits in an elevated position in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. How Stean Gorge, which is close by, offers outdoor activities and nearby Lofthouse has a good primary school.
The village of Ramsgill is four miles away and is home to the renowned Yorke Arms restaurant. Pateley Brige is just over seven miles away.Contact: Strutt and Parker, Harrogate, tel: 01423 561274, www.struttandparker.com. Pictures by Paul Harris.