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WHEN it comes to finding a dream place to live, a country village location is high on many lists.

And that's exactly how it was for the owners of this week's Dream Home. For it was all about the location of their charming cottage on Stone Stoup Hill in Ingleby Greenhow near Great Ayton as well as its oodles of character and space to spread out and enjoy.

Grade II listed, the stone-built house dates back to the 1700s and was once part of Ingleby Greenhow's De L'Isle and Dudley estate.

The owners have lived there since the late 80s and have spent their time lovingly renovating and restoring to show off their home to all its glory.

"The house was originally part of the estate until it was mortgaged off in the 60s," explains the owner. "We bought it in the 80s, we had a young family then and we wanted to move to a more rural area.

"We liked walking and cycling and the outdoor life - there's a footpath opposite the house and within 30 seconds you can be out in the fields. There's lots of forest walks and cycle trails, you can be up on the top of the hills in a few minutes. "There's a nice village school and an active community in the village. "When we moved in, the house was a little tired and in need of some attention."

A new roof, new pointing and relining the chimneys are just a few of the projects they've undertaken.

Inside, the rooms are set out over three floors. On the ground floor, the living room is 20ft by 16ft and has a sliding sash window at the front and a stone open fire with stone hearth providing a real focal point.

There's oak flooring in the dining room and another stone-built fireplace, this time with a wood burning stove.

The light filled breakfast kitchen has wood-effect fitted units and black granite worktops with a built-in oven and hob.

Windows overlook the side of the house and the garden at the back and there's a stable-style door leading outside.

On the first floor, doors lead to the house bathroom and three of the bedrooms, all with sliding sash windows.

You'll find the fourth and fifth rooms on the second floor - the views from bedroom five show Roseberry Topping.

The garden is another reason the owners love their home.

The space is a real oasis of green with a wide lawn, trees and flowers just right for relaxing and enjoying the great outdoors. When they first moved in though, it was the domain of their football loving son.

There's a front garden with a path leading up to the door and a driveway leading to a double garage. When it comes to naming a favourite room, the owners admit no one place gets the honours - they like all of it.

With plans to move closer to family though, they've taken the decision to put their home on the market although it will be, they add, a wrench to leave.

* The Ingleby Greenhow home is for sale for offers over pounds 400,000. For more information, contact the Stokesley office of estate agent Bridgfords on 01642 337775.

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CHARMING: The cottage's living room, top, bedrooms, above and above right, and the garden, right FULL OF LIGHT: The kitchen
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Publication:Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)
Date:Aug 30, 2012
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