Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Rural Retreat Full of Charm; Dream Home in Association With

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Rural Retreat Full of Charm; Dream Home in Association With

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A COUNTRY cottage full of charm and character must be high up on everyone's ideal list of what makes a dream home. A rural haven to escape to that is filled with old world charm and character set in an idyllic village location in peaceful countryside.

Inside there'd be exposed ceiling beams, period features aplenty in cosy rooms and an English country garden bursting with plants and flowers to enjoy. Well, the good news is - this idyll really exists.

full And you can find it in the village of Carlton in Cleveland on the edge of the North Yorkshire Moors. The stone built Ivy Lea Cottage boasts everything a cottage should from stripped floors right up to exposed ceiling beams - and much more besides. For this dream home is filled with plenty of modern features too, including a bespoke kitchen, that make living in its spacious rooms effortlessly comfortable.

"It is a traditional style cottage that used to be two cottages originally but was knocked into one," explains the owner.

"It is actually a lot bigger than the exterior first suggests. "When we first bought the house, we gutted it. We've put in a new kitchen and two new bathrooms and completely revamped the upstairs of the house."

Oak wood stripped floor in the entrance hall, a front sash window and exposed beams give just a taste of what is to follow.

The spacious living/dining room has more exposed beams and there's a period cast iron range with an open grate and oven.

Double doors lead into the sitting room, which also has beams, limestone flooring and French doors leading to the garden.

The kitchen/breakfast room is filled with a handcrafted range of oak units and stylish granite worktops as well as a Belfast sink unit and exposed beams.

There are modern appliance aplenty including a stainless steel cooking range with six ring ceramic hob and double oven and an American style fridge/freezer.

Further on there's the family room with its exposed brick chimney breast and cast iron wood burning stove. …

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