So they came up with the perfect solution. John and Suzie Grantham are building a smaller house on land close by, which means they will still have the views and the short drive into Leeds city centre, Harrogate and Wetherby.
Their much-loved larger home is now on the market.
The couple bought Brandon Hall 18 years ago and have made their mark by extended it, installing a new kitchen, re-roofing, adding a garage and updating.
“We have really enjoyed living here but our children are older and we are downsizing. We looked at other areas but we really didn't want to leave here. The views are spectacular,” says Mr Grantham.
The property, which is set in nine acres of grounds and paddocks, comes with a tennis court and outdoor heated swimming pool.
It has a hall, cloakroom, a drawing room, dining room, family room, conservatory, dining kitchen, laundry room and larder, along with a master suite with a south-facing balcony, a guest suite, house bathroom and four further bedrooms, two with en-suites.
Contact: Beadnall Copley, tel,01937 580850, www.beadnallcopley.co.uk
Brandon Hall, near Scarcroft