Charming 19th Century farmhouse in beautiful North York Moors village

Charming 19th Century farmhouse in beautiful North York Moors village

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4 chambres
Couchages 8
3 salles de bain
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Our house is built from the local honey-coloured limestone, and is 200 or so years old. We have fully modernised it, hopefully without it losing its charm. We are set back on the hillside some 40 m from the village street. In front, there are fine views to the south across to the hills on the other side of the valley. We have our own small wooded valley with a stream (safe for children) at the side of the house. Behind, there are views up to the hill and the woods, across our sheep field. Inside, there is a large dining kitchen which opens onto a sunny terrace, overlooking the garden (which has a further terrace).

Downstairs, there is a large L-shaped south facing living room, with a kitchen and dining area at one end, and a further private sitting room (both with TV), and a large hall, with a cloakroom/WC. It opens onto a sunny terrace, which has a covered outdoor dining area. Upstairs, there are 3 comfortable double bedrooms (1 king, with en suite bath/shower room, 1 double, 1 twin), and a family shower/bathroom, with a small attic study/bedroom above. There is full central heating, but we mostly rely on the AGA cooking range and use the wood-burning stoves in cooler weather. We have a home cinema in another (fully heated and ventilated) outbuilding, barn, climbing frame, and a trampoline. The house is full of books, and has the usual home entertainment gadgets. Across the yard is a sunny and private guest annex, which has a large double studio room and en suite shower/WC. It has its own breakfast facilities, and TV.

Also to the rear is a summer house with a wooden deck. The house is sited in its own mature gardens, with vegetable patches, a hen-house and a greenhouse. In front of the house is gravel garden, and a small orchard slopes down to the road. Including the slice of steep-sided ancient woodland around the stream, there are about 8 acres/3 hectares in all.

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  1. There's 3 of us: Frances is an education consultant, Simon a lawyer (both in our 50s), and our son Frank, who is aged 15 - oh, and Toby the dog. We love our life in the country, and feel very much a part of the community. We like good food, art, film and literature. We are quite keen gardeners, go running, fishing and walking, and like to swim outdoors, but still hanker for the bright lights every now and again.

    We are fairly experienced exchangers, and have done so for 17 years now. Don't worry about having to look after the dog (he has holidays too), or the sheep or hens - we have discreet wrap-around animal care available! While we are quite tied to school holidays, we are open to ideas, so try making us an offer.





Ampleforth is a very pretty, typical North Yorkshire village, on the south side of the Hambleton Hills, set in a quiet valley. It is a friendly community, still with a strong farming tradition, but is a practical place to live family life. We have 2 pubs (both do decent meals), a well-stocked shop, and a charming artisan café/bakery. The local sports centre is 2 km away, and has a swimming pool and the usual gym and squash facilities. There is a bus service to York and Helmsley, with extra services in summer.

The village is in the south-western corner of the North York Moors National Park, with superb opportunities for further sight-seeing, walking, cycling, riding and fishing on the doorstep ( The moors turn purple in August, when the heather blooms. York was the old capital of the North, has an astonishing history going back to the Romans, mediaeval walls, Viking heritage and a Norman cathedral, and is 25 km to the south ( Full local facilities can be found in the beautiful little local town of Helmsley, 8 km away, which has a castle and a weekly street market. We have 2 Michelin-starred restaurants (The Star at Harome and the Black Swan at Oldstead) within 12 km.

The sea-cliffs and sandy beaches of the North Sea coast are an hour away to the east: the high limestone fells of the Yorkshire Dales an hour to the west. There are plenty of ruined castles and prehistoric sites nearby, along with the splendours of Castle Howard, and Byland and Rievaulx Abbeys, all within 15 km. Nearest main airports: Leeds/Bradford (1 hour); Manchester (2.5 hours). London is 2 hours and Edinburgh 2.5 hours by fast train from York.

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