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Sarah Beeny has sold up so what’s next for Rise Hall?

Sarah Beeny has sold up so what’s next for Rise Hall?

  When Sarah Beeny recently waved goodbye to Rise Hall, near Hull, after 18 years, she left a vital legacy for its new owners. Not only had she and her husband, Graham Swift, renovated and revived the gargantuan Grade II*-listed historic building, they gave it the oxygen of publicity. The Channel 4 TV series that […]

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New looks for old in this Pool-in-Wharfedale home

New looks for old in this Pool-in-Wharfedale home

Georgina Gilks and her husband, Kevin, are a dream team when it comes to renovating property. He is a construction site manager and a joiner by trade and she has a flair for interior design. “I have the vision and Kevin makes it happen,” says Georgina. Between them, they had all the skills needed to […]

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Alex and Emma Main’s brilliant barn conversion in Cattal

Alex and Emma Main’s brilliant barn conversion in Cattal

Alex and Emma Main’s home is the perfect showcase for their business, which has attracted a huge amount of interest from London and the South. Sharon Dale reports. Pictures by Sean Knott Alex Main’s heart skipped a beat when he drove through the village of Cattal and spotted a “development opportunity” sign along with a […]

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Spike Milligan’s manager Norma Farnes hosted comedy royalty at her home. Now it’s for sale

Spike Milligan’s manager Norma Farnes hosted comedy royalty at her home. Now it’s for sale

The observation that Norma Farnes deserved a medal for managing the famously difficult and mercurial Spike Milligan was made numerous times. She didn’t get one and nor did she expect one but perhaps her considerable, behind-the-scenes contribution to British comedy should be recognised with a plaque on her much-loved Yorkshire home? Oak House in Egton […]

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Sewing Bee star Stuart Hillard and the easy way to patchwork perfection

Sewing Bee star Stuart Hillard and the easy way to patchwork perfection

Stuart Hillard credits Miss Jenkins, his primary school teacher, for inspiring his love of patchwork. He can’t recall whether he was six or seven when she taught him to sew little hexagons of material wrapped around paper templates before joining them together. But he remembers it being quick and easy to learn and he can […]

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Writer Victoria Benn is selling her Dales home near Grassington

Writer Victoria Benn is selling her Dales home near Grassington

Top of the search list for most would-be buyers who dream of a home in the Dales is a cottage, converted barn or farmhouse. But by clinging rigidly to the chocolate box ideal, they could well be missing out on some of the best properties on the market. Victoria Benn learned that after reluctantly viewing […]

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Turning this house on the Harewood estate into a holiday let uncovered works of art

Turning this house on the Harewood estate into a holiday let uncovered works of art

There is little joy in the early stages of the average renovation project, which are typified by dust, rubble and uncovering issues that add a few noughts to the budget. Oak House on the Harewood estate is far from average but Ben Lascelles was still astonished to find a pleasant surprise when updating and redecorating […]

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See inside the York coal shed now a luxury B&B

See inside the York coal shed now a luxury B&B

Turning an old coal shed into a first-class York B&B took time and effort but it was worth the wait. Sharon Dale reports on the remarkable transformation. Pictures by Gary Longbottom. The best plans are often hatched on holiday, when blue sky thinking comes naturally. A prime example of this is York’s latest and most […]

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For sale: best of everything barn conversion in Adel

For sale: best of everything barn conversion in Adel

The Old Barn, Adel Price: £1.95m Contact: www.davidphillip.co.uk or www.hopkinsons.net The inside story A complete renovation has turned this barn conversion into one of the finest properties in the sought-after village of Adel, near Leeds. The work was commissioned by Alison Considine and her family who bought the property 11 years ago. “When we purchased […]

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Interior stylist Jane Thompson shows us round her Leeds home

Interior stylist Jane Thompson shows us round her Leeds home

Jane Thompson has used her design skills to make the best use of space in her art-filled home. Sharon Dale reports. Pictures by James Hardisty. Her parents love of art and design has had a profound effect on Jane Thompson’s life and on her home. The walls of her house in North Leeds are full […]

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