Happy house near Boroughbridge offers the best of town and country

Jayne's House, Langthorpe, near Boroughbridge
Jayne's House, Langthorpe, near Boroughbridge
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Jayne’s House, Langthorpe

£525,000

This pretty detached cottage offers the very best of town and country. The five-bedroom property sits in the village of Langthorpe but is in walking distance of Boroughbridge.

The bespoke kitchen is made from pear wood and oak

The bespoke kitchen is made from pear wood and oak

Jayne’s house dates from the 16th century and is a former smithy, thought to be named after the blacksmith’s wife, Jayne. For the last nine years it’s been a happy family home. Owner Judith Sturdy bought it after falling for its charm, character and location.

She says: “We lived in central Harrogate before but I wanted to raise the children in the country. This house offered everything I wanted. It’s set back off the road in a quiet spot with plenty of parking and a garden and it had a lovely feel to it.”

With five children to accommodate, Judith extended into the loft to create another bedroom and made the property more family friendly by creating a large, open plan living space on the ground floor.

The old kitchen, dining room and small sitting room have been combined to make one large space with a bespoke pear wood and oak kitchen. A new insulated floor was topped with reclaimed timber thought to be from a Whitby ship.

The sitting room with wood-burning stove

The sitting room with wood-burning stove

“We have done quite a lot of work to the house over the years,” says Judith. “We also put a new staircase in, opened up an old inglenook fireplace and added an en-suite bathroom. The open plan family room works especially well. We insulated the floor and put in a log burner so that it’s really cosy.”

Arranged over three floors, the house has retained many of its period features, including exposed ceiling beams. On the ground floor, there is a separate sitting room and adjacent kitchen, dining and sitting area. On the first floor, there are four bedrooms and a family bathroom. The master bedroom, which has views across the garden, also has an en-suite shower room and walk-in wardrobe. The second floor houses the fifth bedroom and a storage area.

To the front of the property there is a lawn and a large parking area. To the rear is a paved terrace and a lawn.

Judith is selling to downsize now that most of her children have grown-up, though the family is looking forward to spending one last Christmas in the house. She says: “We have loved living here and are very sad to leave. It has been the happiest, cosiest house we have lived in. I would really like to sell it to another family. It’s a great place for children to grow up in.”

One of the five bedrooms

One of the five bedrooms

*Contact Strutt and Parker, Harrogate, tel: 01423 561274, www.strauttandparker.com

*The small village of Langthorpe is a mile from Boroughbridge and 11 miles from Harrogate. The A1 is less than two miles away,

The dining area

The dining area