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The Old Dairy, Goldsborough

Price: £650,000


This pretty, listed house is the former laundry and dairy to neighbouring Goldsborough Hall.

Now a charming four-bedroom home, it is blessed with architectural features. The property also comes with potential to develop a separate outbuilding in the garden into a home office/annexe, subject to planning.

Owner Linda Hayes bought it in 1993 and had happy memories of the village, near Knaresborough, as she often cycled there as a child.

“During this time the laundry and dairy were left in a derelict state. Little did I realise that I would purchase the property,” she says.

The laundry, a former 18th century corn barn, was once a hive of activity.

“They had a big copper pan where they heated water on a fire and there a scorch marks on the back of the pine kitchen door to this day,” says Linda, who adds that Queen Mary often visited her daughter, Princess Mary, at Goldsborough Hall and the pace of work for the laundry maids was frantic during her stay.

“It is uncanny to think that Queen Mary and the Princess Royal’s undies were once left to dry from the rafters here.”

The Old Dairy has been sensitively converted and has four bedrooms.