We live in a small village close to the market town of Pickering.We came to Middleton in 1996 and set about dragging the Hall and the outbuildings back to life and discovering where the garden was. We re-roofed the Hall, rebuilding the chimneys and balustrade as we went. A complete upgrade was required to get something approaching modern living conditions. Elderberry, ivy and brambles overwhelmed much of the garden, which took a while to tame but the garden's overall form has remained unchanged.
We have encouraged wild birds to visit and nest around the Hall and we hope the owl and bat boxes will provide appropriate homes. You may be lucky enough to meet badgers, hedgehogs, woodpeckers and goldfinches, to name a few of our favourites. A visiting sparrow hawk can at times be a spectacular sight swooping down. We developed the wild woodland area at the very top of the garden to let in more light with cleared undergrowth. Hundreds of daffodils have breathed a collective sigh of relief and now flower annually. We have replanted with oaks and other native trees and shrubs and created a woodland walk and nature viewing area. In the paddock is a large trampoline and a bendy house made of living willow wands. Mowed paths encourage you to wander though the meadow-like grass and flowers.
The Applestore had racks for keeping fruit through winter but sadly, these had to be sacrificed to provide suitable sleeping arrangements. Otherwise the lay-out is unchanged although the ‘coppers’ for boiling washing no longer occupy the corners of the kitchen. The new bathroom is a recent addition, providing a lovely space with beautiful fittings to relax in after a day of exploring.
The Barn was falling in all directions and needed serious stabilisation before we remodelled the interior with a contemporary style. This ‘cottage’ really does have a ‘wow’ factor due to its huge space with plenty of natural light through large windows to bring the garden ‘inside’ and has sophisticated lighting at night. The bathrooms are very special and the snug is a lovely cosy place to while away the time reading a long promised book. Two mezzanine bedrooms and a study/fifth bed offer a flexible and visually stunning experience.
The Coach House was about to ‘follow the laws of gravity’ according to our architect. Major renovation has resulted in a cottage with the feel of the original building, but with a refashioned natural stone floor, under-floor heating and the preservation of one of the original stable partitions.