If, like me (it’s Sharon, by the way), you dream of escaping to the country, you might like to take a look at this chocolate box cottage in the heart of the North York Moors National Park. I’ve been drooling over it, imagining myself sat next to the fire, warming my hands on a steaming cup of coffee with a cute, curly black dog at my feet (exhausted after a long walk).
The house is on Primrose Hill in the village of Castleton and is for sale for £139,950 through Hendersons estate agents. It sounds like great value for a semi-detached property in a thriving village, which also has regular trains to wonderful Whitby via the community run Esk Valley Railway.
On the ground floor, there’s an entrance hall and a sitting room/dining room, which opens out into what Hendersons call “a cute and compact fitted kitchen”. On the first floor, there are two bedroom and a shower room. There’s also an attic room on the second floor, which could be used as a third bedroom.
It is full of charming features, including beams, an open fire and window seats…and what appears to be a vintage loo!
Outside, there is a small area to the front of the cottage, which is enclosed by a stone wall. Estate agent Nick Henderson says: “This place oozes character throughout and the location is idyllic. It is in one of the prettiest parts of the desirable village of Castleton.”
This village is on the river Esk, 17 miles from Whitby. Amenities include two pubs, a school, a small supermarket, two village shops, a tearoom, beauty salon and Post Office. Obviously, the scenery is spectacular and there are wonderful walks on the doorstep – the Esk Valley Walk runs through Castleton. Another attraction is the church on the edge of the village, which houses oak furniture designed by Robert Thompson, “The Mouse Man of Kilburn”, whose work always features a carving of a mouse.
For now I’ll have to stick to dreaming about a country cottage but one day soon it might be reality. I’ll be sure to let you know.