When Duncan Webster (OBE) decided to retire early from administering justice he knew he wanted a big old sprawling spot in his native North Yorkshire so he could keep his beloved rescue donkeys in a manner befitting their sweet natures.
He found Green Farm in lovely Levisham and with his partner set about a radical renovation. A couple of years and a few scrapes with the Planning Department later, a comfortable, stylish home emerged.
But what to do with the granary at the bottom of the garden? They’d squatted there whilst building work carried on in the main house. Duncan had a lightbulb moment and thought how cool would it be for others to enjoy the countryside around them as much as they did?
After some more planner wrangling, a fabulously chic topsy turvy self-catering house was born. On the ground floor, a glamorous bedroom with a cast iron frame, gorgeous linen, under floor heating and craftsmen-built furniture with a glitzy Italian marble wet room next to it. A pistachio green iron spiral staircase leads up to the living space; the first thing that hits you is the view. On and on it goes, over the rolling hills to the sea (ok you can’t actually see the sea but it’s there). A wood stove in one corner, a posh kitchen at the other end, an apex ceiling and beams, exposed brick walls and big squashy sofas. And more views. Even if you wanted to go and stroke a donkey’s nose I’m not sure you’d want to leave this place. It’s a bit like being on the bridge of a ship. I found myself just wandering round the room with a dropped jaw.
If you do decide to leave for the odd hour or two, the impossibly romantic steam train leaves from Levisham station for Pickering or Goathland. There are few better things to do than rumble along the bottom of the valley with the train whistle blowing whilst uncut moquette makes the back of your legs itch. Remember that?
But if you choose to just hunker down, bring food for the weekend, stock up the fridge, light the fire and watch the sun go down. Oh, and did I mention the hot tub? Oh yeah. Bliss.
How much? From £300 per week, plus short breaks
Kid’s stuff? Not really – it’s a grown-up kind of place
Well placed? Very! The pretty market towns of Pickering, Helmsley and Kirkbymoorside are nearby and the wondrous Yorkshire coast just a short hop. Lots of good walks from the door, including the enchanted Dalby Forest
Good grub? The Horse Shoe in the village is a cosy, welcoming traditional pub serving wholesome, value for money meals
Green Farm, Levisham, Pickering, North Yorkshire, YO18 7NL
Tel 01751 460235
Part of Stay North Yorkshire
Review by Mandy, 31 January 2012blog comments powered by Disqus