Fresh and modern village home has been a delight for a growing family

15 June 2017 9:57AM

SHEENA and Thomas Winder love the home they took the time to build themselves 30 years ago. As SUSAN GOODSON discovered, it bears their stamp but in such a way that new owners will have no problem making it all their own

The Winders may have lived in their home for three decades but it still presents as fresh and modern, in part courtesy of a refurbishment two years ago and also the fact that it is still a much-loved house which has been well-looked after.

The spacious house was actually a collection of allotments which was already owned by other family members when Sheena and Thomas first saw the site. It took 12 months of hard work with the help of friends to turn their piece of land into the home they wanted.

It has been where the couple’s three children, Kieren, Katy and Hollie all grew up before leaving to get their own homes. Now it has a new life as a popular place for six grandchildren to play in and outside where there is plenty of space to run around.

The house, Redwins (an anagram for winders), in Stone Close, is set back in the beautiful semi-rural village of Stainton, and is a modern four-bedroomed detached family home with the added benefits of planning permission for a separate detached property. There is also the possibility of the land being sold separately. Outside there is a detached garage, several lawned areas with sheds, a rockery and an elevated patio to enjoy the views.

The house has a modern decorative theme with home comforts such as the log burner in the family lounge; while the rest of the house contains a kitchen diner with a utility room, four bedrooms with an en-suite to the master bedroom and a separate four-piece family bathroom.

There is a lot to talk about when it comes to Redwin, but for Sheena the lounge is easily one of its highlights.

She explains: “The lounge is huge which was handy when the children lived here plus it has a multi-fuel burner which sits on Burlington slate with a floating solid oak beam.

“It has beautiful views across Stainton and is naturally light and like the rest of the house is in neutral shades. My husband has a thing about not putting wallpaper on new plaster so we have painted the lounge walls and kept the colour light and neutral in keeping with the rest of the house.”

To make the most of the views there are double-glazed windows on the front, side and back of the lounge and an oak-faced door leads to the big hallway.

Sheena added: “Now the children have all grown up and left we spend most of our time in the kitchen dining area. We used to have a dining room which became a bedroom for one of my daughters after my mother lived with us for six years, but then we knocked through into one big room.

“The house was built in the 70s when everyone had a separate dining room but things have changed and people prefer the open space and it is more social.”

The modern kitchen is really eye-catching and overlooks the back garden with double-glazed French doors leading outside and there are also doors to the utility room and hallway.

The house has a huge, L-shaped entrance hall because Thomas had plans for a toilet, cloakroom and staircase to give a higher pitch to the roof. There is still the electricity up in the roof which has been boarded.

Of the four bedrooms, the fourth one is currently used as a playroom but it would also make a great nursery, study/home office or bedroom.

The location of their home has been a winner for the family and Sheena says it is such a friendly village that when the children were small they played with their neighbours and when they used to come back from university they still all got together.

The planning permission is something the couple have kept up to date for the building of a second house, but now they are wanting to downsize, but not build again, and begin the next chapter of their lives.

Corrie and Co is holding an open day at Redwins on Sunday June 18 from 2pm until 4pm.

The house, Redwins Stone Close, Stainton, is on the market with Corrie and Co Estate Agents for £499,950. For further details or to arrange a viewing to see the house, please call the agent on 01229 825333 or drop into their Barrow office at 68-70 Duke Street.

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