For sale: country home with bags of charm

Toft Farmhouse, West LillingPrice: £795,000www.humberts.com

This charming period property comes with a south-facing walled garden and a detached studio/annexe.

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Owner Helen Chew bought it 17 years ago after yearning for a more rural home. “I spotted Toft Farmhouse advertised in the window of one of the city centre estate agents in Leeds, where I was working. I loved the house. It has a great feeling and is the sort of place that makes you feel relaxed as soon as you walk in,” she says.

Over the years, Helen, who has a flair for interior design, has remodelled the bedrooms, converted the old cart shed into an annexe and created a beautiful, south-facing walled garden. She is now selling to downsize.

The house has a drawing room, a sitting room, living kitchen with Aga, a rear hall/boot room, utility room and a cloakroom. The first floor has a galleried landing, a guest suite with double bedroom and en-suite shower room, a house bathroom, principal bedroom with en-suite, a bedroom with two windows overlooking the rear gardens, two further bedrooms and a separate shower room. The studio/annexe has an open-plan space with a wood-burning stove and a cloakroom. West Lilling is a mile from Sheriff Hutton.