Practically perfect cottage in Huttons Ambo

The Inside Story on Holly Cottage, Hutons Ambo, near Malton.Price: £395,000Contact: Blenkin and Co. tel: 01904 671672, www.blenkinandco.comHolly Cottage was practically perfect in every way when Edward and Ella Mallard went to view it. The location in the pretty village of Low Hutton in Huttons Ambo, near Malton, was compelling and the views were outstanding.The only problem was space. There wasn’t enough of it for us and our children but there was potential to extend. “We loved the house and thought we could do something with it to make it bigger,” says Edward.The opportunity presented itself in the garage, which the Mallards converted into a dining kitchen plus pantry and utility room. They also extended to create a garden room to make the most of the south-facing views. This large, light-filled space is now one of their favourite parts of the cottage.

The new living kitchen, which leads into the garden room

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“The conversion and extension then allowed us to turn the old kitchen into a bedroom and we also took down a partition wall between the sitting room and the snug,” says EdwardAnother addition was a playful entrance disguised as a wardrobe to one of the children’s bedrooms, which evokes the magic of The Chronicles of Narnia and the Harry Potter books.The property now has plenty of space for the family but a move is on the cards to make travelling between work and schools easier. “It’s going to be incredibly difficult to find anything to match what we have here,” says Edward.

Holly Cottage dates from the 1850s and enjoys a private setting at the far end of the village. The accommodation is arranged over two floors and includes a sitting room with an open fireplace, a snug and a large living kitchen with double doors opening onto the south-facing garden.

The property also has two ground floor bedrooms and another bedroom on the first floor along with a master bedroom suite with French doors opening to a roof terrace overlooking the garden and countryside beyond. Outside, there is a parking bay for two cars, decking and a south-facing garden.

Huttons Ambo is three miles from Malton and 13 miles from York. It consists of the villages of High Hutton and Low Hutton, the latter being the larger village that sits on the gentle slopes of an attractive stretch of wooded valley at the foot of the Howardian Hills.The village has a church, village hall and a shop. It lies between the river Derwent and the A64. The nearby market town of Malton has a railway station with links to York and Scarborough.