The mane attraction

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There’s no doubting what you might call ‘the mane attraction’ of this house. The field at the bottom of the beautiful garden is sparking interest as an ideal paddock for horses or ponies ... but that is far from all this four-bedroomed house has to offer.

Owners John and Sheila Simpson have lived here for 32 years but have conceded they no longer need such a large house and grounds.

Rooms with many views

Rooms with many views

The field has never been home to a horse but it has been carefully maintained by John, who keeps it well mown.

“I’ve never used the field for a horse – I don’t know anything about them! I don’t even bet on them,” he laughed.

But that doesn’t mean he hasn’t appreciated the area.

“We get so many different kinds of birds here, and we love seeing them,” said John. “It’s really a haven for wildlife – it’s a great habitat for it.”

When his children were younger, the field provided a football pitch or tennis court as required and the family enjoyed their rural lifestyle.

“It’s suited us fine to live a country life, which is very private, but also to be so close to the town and all its amenities,” said John.

“It has been a very good family home. It has four bedrooms which are all a good size – all double rooms. I think that is quite unusual nowadays.”

John has filled the garden with shrubs and flowers, now well established and beautifully maintained.

The country feel continues inside the house, which was once nothing more than a country cottage.

This means some parts of the house are 100 years old, and thick stone walls can still be found underneath plasterwork.

The 1960s extension, however, added a new dimension and the huge windows that dominate make the most of the amazing views.

There are two large public rooms; a reception room with a feature stone wall and wooden beams that hint at the dwelling’s origins; and a sitting room that is light and bright, thanks to the huge wall-length window which invites people to sit and admire the view.

It’s the views John will miss most when he has to leave. “No two rooms have the same view,” he says.

The long kitchen has plenty of units and space, but beyond it is a utility room that is “bigger than many people’s kitchens”, says John.

And beyond there is more evidence of the country life – a large ‘boot room’, so muddy feet need never make their marks inside.