Pictures: A grand granary – step inside this dream country retreat

Adam Steel gets a guided tour around The Granary, a barn conversion with a touch of style and class…

Take the right track and savour all the peace and tranquility the countryside has to offer with this dream Teesside home.

Four-bedroom semi The Granary in Nunthorpe boasts secluded rural appeal, set just a stone’s throw away from the suburbs.

And the good news for house hunters is that it’s currently on the market.

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As its name suggests, The Granary is a former working granary and a Grade II listed building.

Retired husband and wife Steve and Jean Cattermole – no relation to Sunderland and former Middlesbrough FC midfielder Lee – lovingly completed this superbly-crafted barn conversion which they call home 16 years ago.

It was the kind of four walls, start-from-scratch venture that features on Grand Designs, and the couple were even approached to make a TV appearance at the time.

Steve site-managed the whole project despite working full-time at his own car parts shop, and with the help of a builder friend and the advice of building inspectors paid special attention to the fine details, creating a home he remains immensely proud of.

Built on foundations believed to date back to the 1700s, The Granary has a kind of York Shambles character.

All beamed interior and exposed brickwork, with the structure specially reinforced and walls insulated so that it stays warm in winter and remains cool in summer.

“We tried to keep it as close as possible to the original building so it has that old world feel in keeping with what the planners wanted,” Steve explains.

“It was important not to over-elaborate. To keep it simple as it was a simple building, although we have done what we wanted inside.

“I even put a parquet floor in which came out of an old school in Durham and took me nine months to lay, and has stood the test of time.”

Nestled next to Morton Grange Farm, The Granary comes with a well-manicured garden, a trio of stables, around three acres of agricultural land and a barn.

Interior highlights include two bathrooms, a living room, snug and conservatory.

And the entrance hall has an impressive vaulted ceiling and gallery landing which opens onto the yard.

Steve and Jean adore the house and the area, and are only selling as they have decided to downsize and move into the converted former Irish workers’ house next door.

As far as Jean is concerned, they are in the “ideal” spot – along with The Granary.

“It’s like a little oasis here, it’s so quiet,” she adds.

“It’s ideal for a young family, and for people who have dogs and horses and love walking.

“The possibilities around here are fantastic. You can walk to Roseberry Topping in 20 minutes, and get onto Pinchinthorpe walkway in about five minutes.

“There are four primary schools within two miles away, and Middlesbrough town centre is just down the road.

“It’s just too big for us now.”

The Granary is on the market with Bridgfords of Stokesley, with offers over £550,000. Call 01642 685270.