A former railway cottage that has been skilfully extended to deliver a stunning open plan dining kitchen and contemporary garden room is on the market with Dacres. Number 2 Station Cottages, which is near Masham town centre, at the gateway to the Yorkshire Dales, also boasts three double bedrooms and is full of period features.
Current owner, Abigail Scott-Paul, bought the property in 2011 and embarked on a double-storey extension in 2013. She says: “I signed up to a scheme run by the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) called Architect in the House, which matches you to a local architect in exchange for a donation to the homeless charity Shelter. I was introduced to Andrew Burningham from architecture: ab in Ripon and I simply loved his design and vision for our home.
“Over the years the house had been extended with a number of unsightly single-storey additions down one side. Andrew came up with a great design that reimagined how we could live in the property. We were able to move the bathroom upstairs and create three much bigger bedrooms. Downstairs, we opened the house up with a big open plan kitchen/dining area and built a garden room with large modern glazing that floods the house with natural light. Only one room in the house remains the same as the original design – the cosy living room with log burner. We even moved the staircase! I used a fantastic local builder, Joe Kitching from Well, to complete the project which took just over six months and I am delighted with the results. We have managed to transform an old railway worker’s cottage into a modern house ideal for contemporary living.”
The dining kitchen includes a breakfast bar and adjoins the garden room which has a sliding glass door leading out into the garden. Other stand out features at 2 Station Cottages are the quality oak flooring, high ceilings, and impressive fireplace and sash windows. Downstairs, in addition to the dining kitchen and garden room, there is also a spacious reception hall/study, with potential to create a powder room, and charming well-proportioned sitting room with a wood-burning stove. Outside there is a large patio, good sized private garden and parking for two cars.
Senior Associate Chris O'Mahony, who is an Area Manager at Dacres, says: “This lovely semi-detached home would be a perfect for a couple, family or somebody looking for a country bolt-hole that they could lock up and leave. Masham is a delightful market town and the cottage is situated just on the edge of town in a rural location, adjoining open countryside. Its position near the A1 also makes it easy to commute to Harrogate, York and Leeds. With lots of local amenities and good schools in the vicinity, the home has plenty of appeal.”