Andy Milson and Stewart Archdale were living in central York when they decided to swap city life for a more rural setting. “We just wanted a lifestyle change and wanted more space,” says Andy. The couple have never regretted the decision to move into The Elms, a beautiful period house in the village of Bubwith that is now for sale with Carter Jonas for £925,000, but before they could call it their dream home they had to undergo a baptism of fire .
“It was a renovation project and for us it was a steep learning curve as we had never done anything like this before,” says Andy.
In addition to a radical but sensitive conversion, a partition wall to the dining kitchen was torn down, underfloor heating, a biomass boiler, new glazing and an outdoor kitchen were installed.
“We had a team of builders doing the job, but we acted as laborers, which was hard work, even though we both lost weight,” says Andy. The couple’s attention to detail, hard work and flair for design are evident and the reward for their effort and expense is a perfect home. They are now selling to be closer to parents but Andy says: ‘We have been here for eight years and have absolutely loved living here. It is excellent for entertaining and the garden attracts wildlife including deer and birds including barn owls and curlews.”
He adds: It is now time for a change. We have lived in the city and in the country and are now considering moving to a market town.”
The house dates from 1694 and has retained many historical elements. The property also has views of the beautiful garden from the main reception rooms and bedrooms and from the free standing copper bath in the main bathroom. The heart of the house is the kitchen. This opens into the dining area with fireplace corner. The ground floor also has a boot room, shower room, cloakroom, drawing room and second sitting room. On the first floor there is a master bedroom with dressing area and en-suite bathroom, three further bedrooms and a shower room. There is also a one bedroom annexe with its own access.
The gardens are spectacular with a pond, an orchard and fruit and vegetable patch, an old stable block and paddock and direct access to the riverside footpath. Contact: Carter Jonas, York, Tel: 01904 558200, www.carterjonas.co.uk