Academic’s oasis of calm in one of Yorkshire’s most beautiful valleys

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Three Tuns Cottage, Low Mill, Farndale Price: £425,000 Contact: Savills, York, tel: 01904 617820,

An enjoyable holiday in Yorkshire convinced Professor Horace Barlow and his wife Miranda to buy a cottage in the county.

With its hilly, moorland landscapes, the North York Moors was an inspiring contrast to their main home in Cambridge, which is surrounded by flat fenland.

“We were looking around the area and we ended up in Farndale, which we thought was fantastic. It is an oasis of calm,” says Miranda.

She and Horace, a university research professor, bought Three Tuns in 1983. The former inn, which nestles in the hamlet of Low Mill, has been well-used by the couple and their friends and family over the years.

“We spent all our holidays here and the children loved the freedom of playing out here,” says Miranda.

“There are lots of lovely walks in all directions straight from the door and the views are amazing. Many of the rooms have windows on several sides.”

The house has been updated over the years with the help of local builders and craftsmen and an attached barn has been converted into a studio space.

“The studio is a great place where you can go and relax. We used to enjoy playing the Yorkshire version of Monopoly there and my husband has written some of his papers there too,” says Miranda, who is selling with a heavy heart.

“The children are grown up and the house is no longer used as often and so we have decided to sell. It is a wrench after all these years as we have got to know people in the dale and we have attended the agricultural show there each year.”

Once an 18th century inn, the Grade II listed property is in a pretty and secluded location and it has a host of period features, including fireplaces and exposed beams in the downstairs reception rooms.

The house has an entrance hall, dining room, sitting room, kitchen and utility room plus the attached studio room. There is also a basement, which is perfect as a wine cellar and storage.

Upstairs, there are four bedrooms and two bathrooms. Outside, there is a large garden plus a store.

Farndale is one of the most beautiful valleys in the North York Moors National Park and is famous for its annual display of wild daffodils alongside the River Dove.

The scenery is breathtaking and can be seen from the many footpaths in and around the dale.

There are two small hamlets, at Low Mill and at Church Houses. The latter is home to the Feversham Arms and visitors also enjoy the Daffy Caffy at High Mill end. The area is also renowned for Farndale agricultural show, held every August Bank Holiday Monday.

There is an open house at Three Tuns cottage on May 13 from 10.30am to 11am.