IDYLLIC FARMHOUSE IN WAITING
There’s a perfect imperfection about Home Farm.
Mixing quirky farmhouse character with family home practicality, this Grade II Listed five-bedroom property located in the South Yorkshire Saxon village of Burghwallis truly is one of a kind.
Dating back to 1640, the heritage and charm of this house strikes upon first sight. As you travel down Old Village Street, you’ll notice a gorgeous skyline of unique rooftops and chimney pots akin to a quaint French village with each of the 20 properties telling a story of their own. When you finally reach the white wooden gates at the entrance to Home Farm, your eyes will naturally be drawn to the elegant, rendered York stone of the property’s exterior.
Park up on the drive, wander past the lush front lawn and mature cherry and magnolia trees, across the stone paved entrance and begin the grand tour of this historic old farmhouse.
First impressions count for a lot in any home and you won’t be disappointed when you walk through the decorative doorway and step onto the original, well-loved stone floor in the entrance hallway.
It’s here that you’ll gain an immediate insight into the extent of the quirky features that appear across the property including unique wooden doors, textured walls and characterful touches all around that are steeped in history and crafted from natural materials.
Follow the stone through and you’ll arrive in the dining room which has unsurprisingly become one of the owners’ favourite parts of the home.
Although this room is typically reserved for formal evening dining, the space is so comfortable that they often spend hours in here long after they’ve finished for dinner on special occasions.
The beams overhead originate from reclaimed ships beams and have even retained the hooks that they used to hang meat from. As well as being a great conversation starter, they add a unique opportunity to hang ornaments to add pizazz when trimming up during those all-important times of year.
The added bonus of a ground floor cellar can be accessed from here down the stone steps. This has become the perfect space to store vintage wine and doubles as a workshop. It is still fitted with the original storage stone slabs.
The largest room in the house is the lounge thanks to the extension completed around half a century ago, which significantly adds to the footprint of the space and segregates the room across two levels.
In keeping with many of the other social spaces on the ground floor, the dark wooden beams running in both directions across the ceiling add stunning character. Here in the lounge, the original features have been supplemented perfectly by chic engineered oak flooring, added just five years ago for practicality and to brighten and modernise the room.
There are five stunning windows of varying sizes in this room which together allow an abundance of daylight to flood in all-year round. A work of art in themselves, you’ll be immediately drawn to the craftsmanship of the stone lintels paired with solid oak wooden shutters, individually created by a local craftsman, which come with slate sills or deep window seats below.
On the upper level, the stone fireplace housing a gas stove comes into its own at winter time while on the lower area occupying the extension, you can grab a book and admire the views of the garden for ultimate peace and calm.
COUNTRY COTTAGE KITCHEN
Across the hallway and situated at the other end of the home is the kitchen which, as in all large family homes, has become a huge focal point of the daily routine. A more casual dining table allows this space to be used flexibly morning, noon and night. The current owners often opt on sunnier days to fling open the rear door and bring the outdoors in while having their lunch or enjoying a cup of coffee.
The typically country-farmhouse style kitchen offers the practicality of a modern home with an electric hob and integrated ovens, finished with terracotta floor tiles and cream wooden cupboards topped with a pristine oak worktop which is less than three years old. Two sets of double doors on either side of the room leading through to the hall and utility room add a lovely flow.
To complete the ground floor is the carefully curated utility room next door which is housed in the farm’s old buttery.
Designed to the same standard as the main family kitchen, highlights aside from plenty of space to do the laundry include the large ceramic sink and a slick, marble-effect Travertine floor. A generous floor plan here allows for an over-sized American fridge as well as additional storage behind blue panelled oak shaker-style doors. The room also doubles up as a handy boot room with a stable door allowing access from the front of the house and conveniently nestled away in the corner is a downstairs WC.
LIGHT AIRY LANDING
Take your pick for a route upstairs from either the kitchen or dining room.
Amongst the history to be told at Home Farm, perhaps the most impressive to all generations is that here is where Paddington was born.
The previous owners of the house made the first ever Paddington Bear from this property and after being replicated for friends has gone on to become one of Britain’s most iconic children’s stories and cuddly toys.
The large, sweeping landing is flooded with sunlight thanks to three cottage windows running across the length of it.
First make your way to the master bedroom which like the rest of the home offers a cosy charm and farmhouse character. A generous and practical space, you’ll have no trouble fitting a king-sized bed as well as free-standing furniture. The white, wooden-panelled wall comprises of a double built-in wardrobe space and concealed behind the door to the right is the en-suite shower room.
There are fantastic sights from each and every window in this home and bedroom two is certainly no exception with a panoramic view looking across the rear garden and the fields beyond.
Size again need not be compromised and neutral décor has ensured this is tastefully finished but not without its own unique features. The corner of this room is where the staircase lived in previously – now fashioned into a beautiful deep bookcase with the original wooden architrave intact.
BEAMS UP AHEAD
To find bedroom three, you’ll have to take the stairs positioned between the master and bedroom two. En-route, there’s handy storage for suitcases hidden behind curtains but once you’re onto the second floor, another ample double bedroom awaits with the ceiling following the shape of the roof to add architectural interest.
Light, lime-washed beams paired with the stone, lintel-leaded windows adorned with wooden shutters offer all the character you need to punctuate a beautiful blank canvas, along with the practicality of a built-in double wardrobe. This will without doubt be a sought-after bedroom amongst the family.
At the far end of the landing positioned above the utility room is bedroom four. Unsurprisingly, this is yet another large double and comes with a shutter-fronted, built-in airing cupboard and sink as standard. Boasting dual-aspect windows, children or guests will have plenty of space to relax here.
Bedrooms two to four share the family bathroom which completes the first floor of the home.
Offering both a corner shower cubicle and a freestanding, traditional roll-top bath, this space offers everything you need and if you decided to modernise would be a great blank canvas with the addition of the ceiling beams to retain some of its heritage.
WORKSPACE AND MORE
Between the family bathroom and bedroom four is another staircase which guides you to the larger of the two furnished rooms on the second floor.
Follow the stairs round and a unique space awaits with a pine wood panelled ceiling into the apex of the roof, an original wooden beam running through the centre and a large skylight beaming sunrays into the room throughout the working day. Over the years, this room has taken on a multitude of functions including the children’s playroom, a guest room for visiting friends and family and an additional lounge but right now it houses a very impressive office space. In addition to this, there’s also the attic situated adjacent to the office which gives scope to add an additional bedroom of equivalent size to the master with an en-suite if a project is of appeal.
Before completing your tour of Home Farm, you won’t want to miss taking a peek in the huge rear garden that boasts rolling lawns down to field views beyond. You’ll spend many a spring or summer’s day out here enjoying the outdoor space. The most striking additions to the manicured gardens are the two seismic Cedar trees positioned at the centre of the lawn.
Admire these from a choice of sitting areas including two patios, both suitable for al fresco dining, BBQs and drinks with friends.
The potential in the garden is limitless and as soon as you step foot out here you’ll immediately see the opportunity to proudly host family parties like you’d always imagined.
AREA TO EXPLORE
Home to fewer than 300 residents, the village of Burghwallis is steeped in history dating back to British Saxon times including the Grade II listed St Helen’s chapel which is believed to have been built during the days of the Domesday Book.
Unlike a lot of villages nearby, Burghwallis has retained its peaceful small-scale rural feel and yet is positioned less than a mile from the A1 giving perfect links to larger towns and cities across Yorkshire.
Within the village itself, The Burghwallis public house has earned a glowing reputation serving gourmet food. Further afield, you are less than three miles from Adwick railway station and so can reach the cities of Doncaster, Leeds and Sheffield on a direct train journey. From Doncaster Railway Station you can travel direct to London Kings Cross on the fast line in 90 minutes.
In nearby Campsall, you can visit Doncaster Country Park; a dream for those who love to pull on their walking boots and embrace the great outdoors. You can occupy yourself for hours here, take the dog for a walk or enjoy some fresh air with the children surrounded by lakes, woodlands, clay ponds and wildlife. There is also an abundance of local beautiful walks in Burghwallis itself. For those who are keen on more information regarding the village you can visit burghwallis.org.uk
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