Go against the grain with one of these three remodeled properties

Skelton Windmill, Ripon Road, Kirby Hill, Boroughbridge – £925,000 at Strutt & Parker, 01423 561274.

This is farming country and has been for thousands of years; The people who created the Thornborough Henges near Masham and raised the Devil’s Arrows standing stones at Boroughbridge some 5,000 years ago were farmers.

Though many of us have completely broken away from food production, we can still find glimpses of the farming lifestyles of our relatively recent ancestors in the names of streets, pubs and houses. Three properties currently on the market evoke three distinct roles in the traditional grain processing industry.

Before the advent of warehouses and silos, grain was stored in a granary, sometimes built on barns—stone pillars tipped with “mushroom” to protect against rodents—and included ventilation to aerate the grain and prevent mold.

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Arkengarthdale, 6 The Maltings, Boroughbridge – Offers over £275,000 at Williamsons, 01423 326889.

The Granary Dishforth isn’t built on staddle stone, and all the vents have certainly been plugged to avoid drafts, but it’s still “filled with original features throughout,” according to the agent. It has four bedrooms, one with en-suite shower room and walk-in closet, as well as en-suite bathroom, entrance hall, eat-in kitchen, utility room, sitting room, lounge and adjoining conservatory. It has a garden on three sides and a summer house as well as a private courtyard and attached double garage.

A short distance down the A1(M) near Boroughbridge is one of the most unusual properties in the borough. Skelton windmill is one of only 140 windmills left in the UK (of which only 40 are still operational) and one of the most complete in the county. Built in 1822, it was originally used to grind corn into flour but is now a family home.

The Grade II Listed Georgian property is set over seven floors, with a master bedroom and ensuite bathroom on the second floor and a house bathroom and other bedrooms on the fourth, fifth and sixth (top) floors. The further up you go the smaller the rooms but the better the view! The third floor has a living room and library, the kitchen occupies the first floor and the ground floor has the living and dining areas and a family room.

There is a walled garden to the front and the rear garden has a 100 foot lawn, orchard and seating area. There is also a carport in the detached annex, along with a flower shed and home office.

The Granary, Dishforth, Thirsk – bid over £650,000 at Hunters, 01765 530007.

Finally, about a mile away at Boroughbridge, Arkengarthdale is part of The Maltings, which was converted in 2002 from the listed Victorian malting houses and kilns of Warwick & Co’s Anchor Brewery. A malting house turned grain into malt to brew beer, but the industrialization of the process has brought the demise of most of the old premises.

Arkengarthdale is a duplex apartment with two double bedrooms both en-suite, plus hall, eat-in kitchen and sitting room. Outside there is a seating area on the terrace and a guarded car park with two designated spaces.

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