Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Enjoy the Great Outdoors

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Enjoy the Great Outdoors

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Byline: Mieka Smiles

AN expanding family is one thing that may prompt a house move. The Jobling-Pursers certainly didn't take that challenge lightly

On the day that Jane Jobling-Purser left hospital with baby Martha, now four, her and husband Evan, spotted their dream family home in The Journal homemaker and, by the end of the week, it was theirs.

Since then, Jane, 44, and Evan, 41, who works for the family business which produces asphalt and tarmac, have expanded their family further with Paddy, two. Their other children are George, 14, and Freddie, 12. Luckily, Southwitton Farm has plenty of room, as the family also have two Capheaton Terriers - Hovis and Flurry - two stable cats and nine horses and ponies.

Jane, known as Yorkie to friends and family, said: "We had lived in a cottage and definitely needed more space after Martha. In fact, it was the day that I came out of hospital with Martha that Evan spotted Southwitton in homemaker. And in a week it was ours."

Creating the perfect family home has not been without its challenges.

Yorkie explains: "It was like the place that time forgot. The property has two cottages that I now use as holiday lets. They had been done up by the previous owners. But no one had lived in the main property since 1968. We had to do everything.

"We knocked through to make the rooms bigger, we moved walls upstairs, we had to do the roof, put in a new kitchen, rewire, put in heating systems, sort the plumbing and water - the list goes on. It was quite a project."

And the property has been extended. Accommodation at the Grade II Listed stone farmhouse includes an entrance hall, living/dining room and kitchen, drawing room, sitting room, playroom, boot room and two cloakrooms. There is also a landing, six bedrooms and four bathrooms - two of which are en suites. …

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