This Georgian property oozes style and confidence and little wonder. Its owner is talented interior designer Penelope Mitra.
Her home, High Farm House, Helperby, is on the market for £1.45m with Buchanan Mitchell
She and her husband bought it three years ago after being captivated by the potential and the location. The grade two listed farmhouse was built in 1769. Arranged over four floors, it has six bedrooms and four reception rooms, and has been renovated from top to bottom. Barns have also been converted to create office space.
Although the property retained many of its period features, including the original Georgian staircase, Penelope reinstated fireplaces that she sourced from antique shops, renewed the sash windows and put panelling in the dining room. She also had the house re-pointed with lime mortar.
“It was a big project. It had been split into two properties so we knocked them back into one. There were nine bedrooms altogether but we made them into six with more bathrooms,” she says.
Inside, there is a reception hall, drawing room, dining room, open plan kitchen and breakfast room with direct access to the terrace and gardens, a cloakroom and a boot room. On the lower ground floor, there is a wine cellar.
On the first floor, there is a master bedroom with en-suite, a guest bedroom with en-suite, a third bedroom, house bathroom and a laundry room.
A second staircase leads to the upper floor, which has a study area, a guest bedroom with en-suite and two further bedrooms that share a Jack and Jill bathroom.
The stunning interiors were created using furniture and accessories from Penelope’s online store, www.clearhillfox.co.uk, which specialises in vintage finds and colonial-style homeware.
Outside, the converted barns provide office and hobby space, but could be used as ancillary accommodation. There are also stores and outbuildings and a gated drive plus gardens and grounds.
Helperby, near Easingwold, has a Georgian streetscape and amenities include a primary school, doctor’s surgery, public house with village shop, restaurant with rooms, church and a thriving village hall.
*For more details on High Farm House contact Buchanan Mitchell, tel: 01423 360055, www.buchananmitchell.com