Hall goes to the dogs
A GRADE II listed home in a pretty district village has been left in a will to The Dog's Trust. The Grange in Birkin was previously owned by John Henson, who bequeathed the property in his will to the largest dog welfare charity in the UK.
The former vicarage, on the market with national property consultants Carter Jonas, sits in 2.5 acres of land and is surrounded by open greenbelt, less than 20 miles from Leeds and York and close to both the A1/M1 link and the M62.
The impressive seven-bedroom house, despite being in need of renovation, still retains some of its stunning period features, such as the original curved staircase in the reception hall.
Simon Wright, head of residential at Carter Jonas' Leeds office, said: "The Grange needs a complete and sympathetic renovation, but in the right hands it would make a fantastic family home.
‘We're confident a sale on the property will be agreed shortly by someone who has the vision to develop it and take it back to its former glory."
This is one of The Dogs Trust's largest bequests. The money made through the sale of The Grange will be used towards some of the many projects run by charity. The legacy will be recorded in the charity's Book of Remembrance and on a commemorative plaque in the memorial area of The Dogs Trust in Leeds.
Carter Jonas is inviting offers in excess of £400,000 for the property.