Jayne’s House, Langthorpe
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.
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.
“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.”
*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,