Yorkshire property news: ‘try before you buy’ option on idyllic Dales house

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A restored Dales farmhouse with two luxury holiday lets has just gone on the market with a “try-before-you-buy” offer to prospective purchasers.

Wigglesworth House, near Settle, and its two cottages have an asking price of £1.25m and have benefited from a sensational renovation.

Owners Tony and Amy Wroe, who have lived in the main house for almost a decade, are in the building business and have spared no expense on what they thought would be their forever home.

They bought the Victorian property purely on the strength of the panoramic views, which is why they are offering serious potential buyers the chance to spend a night in one of the cottages. The giveaway is a canny marketing ploy based on their own experience, which was “love at first sight”.

“We first came up here on a beautiful summer day and were immediately captivated by the view. You can see all of the three peaks of Ingleborough, Whernside and Pen-y-ghent, as well as Pendle Hill and the Yorkshire Dales stretching out for miles and miles. It’s idyllic.

“After seeing that, we knew we wanted the house before we had even looked inside,” says Amy.

The property, which was built in 1881, was in need of some updating, although the Wroes went far beyond a revamp. They completely renovated and extended it, converted a barn into a holiday property and got planning permission to create a new-build cottage.

The project took 18 months to complete using their Bolton-based company, Perton Partnerships, to do the dry-lining and insulation.

Tony and his nephew did the joinery work and they hired local tradesmen, including Paul Brown from Settle, who did stonework and dry stone walls, and Gerry Donahue, who tackled the roofing.

While most owners would’ve done a spend versus re-sale price analysis, the Wroes did not, assuming they would stay long-term. They didn’t factor in grandchildren and an expanding family business in Manchester, which are the reasons for the reluctant sale.

“The sad thing is we didn’t do it to sell. We did it because we wanted to live in a beautiful house in a beautiful spot,” says Amy.

They re-plumbed, re-roofed, rewired, insulated the property and installed a new septic tank. Two extensions and a garden room with bi-fold doors were added, along with new sash windows. They also replaced the old render and stone-effect cladding with a fresh skin of reclaimed Yorkshire stone.

“The new stone skin was a massive job because we had to dig three-foot wide foundations for it. That allowed us to insulate in between the original wall and the new one and it has made a huge difference. The house is warmer and it looks so much better,” says Amy, who also replaced a dressed stone garden wall with a drystone version.

Inside, the layout was reconfigured to include more bathrooms and the sitting room is now a kitchen with units from Cheshire Pine and an island from Eastburn Country Furniture. The decor was designed by Amy, who has a talent for interiors and show home staging.

The woodwork inside and out is Farrow and Ball’s Clunch, although the external doors, which were recycled from a cathedral, are painted French Grey.

The furniture includes designer labels like Roche Bobois along with local buys and finds from the Newark antiques fair.

“I love Newark fair and it’s a good excuse for a weekend break,” says Amy.

Her own holiday cottages provide an annual income of around £45,000 and have been awarded the highest, five-star gold rating.

“I have had lots of properties and never got attached to them. I could never understand it when other people did. Now I know why because leaving Wigglesworth House will be a massive wrench,” she says.

“I know I will never find anything like this again. I can recreate the house anywhere but I can’t recreate the view.”

Contacts: Build supplies,

www.pertonstore.com; Homemaker, www.homemakersettle.co.uk; Eastburn Country Furniture, www.eastburncountryfurniture.co.uk; Manor Barn, www.manorbarnfurniture.co.uk; Quickslide uPVC sash windows, www.quickslide.co.uk;

Northern Stone, www.northernstonesales.com

For sale: Wigglesworth House and Cottages, near Settle.

The main house has a large breakfast kitchen with sitting area, dining room, drawing room, office/study, utility and cloakroom. Upstairs, there is a master bedroom suite and three further double bedrooms with en-suites. Cross Cottage has two bedrooms and a garden and Gamekeepers Cottage has three bedrooms and a garden.

The property has five acres of land and gardens.

Price: £1.25m.

Contact: Croft Residential, www.croft residential.co.uk; www.wigglesworth houseandcottages.co.uk