By John Grainger, Property editor
There are plenty of advantages to living in a beautiful part of the world, and the chance to make a living from it is just one.
Blessed with uncommon natural beauty, our district has more tourist activities and attractions than you can shake a guide book at, and if the trend for staycations continues, they could become more popular than ever.
The following four properties all combine private homes with holiday lets and are all currently for sale in our area.
Hollin Barn Farm, near Thirsk, is a good example. Within striking distance of the Yorkshire Dales, the North York Moors and even the Yorkshire coast, it is based on a three-bedroom farmhouse with adjoining studio flat and nearly half-an-acre of land, which could be turned into a private enclosed garden.
There are also two holiday cottages: Rose Cottage (two double bedrooms) and Honeysuckle Cottage (one double and one twin). The latter adjoins the farmhouse and, although currently separate from the main house, could be used as an annexe to the main property or be redeveloped with it to create a large, five-bedroom house.
The business could be further developed by acting on planning permission obtained in December 2011 for 11 two-bedroom timber holiday lodges on 3.61 acres of land to the west of the property.
The farm also has two accesses from the main road, meaning that the holiday lodge development could be bought or operated separately from the residential properties.
For one pound less and with stamp duty already paid, 22 Waterside is an extremely rare property, in that it combines a substantial five-bedroom detached home with a holiday let opportunity – all by the River Nidd in the heart of Knaresborough.
The property is set in beautiful gardens, with patio are and orchard, which adjoin open fields towards the river and woodlands, and has a timber garden shed, greenhouse and double garage.
There are two semi-detached two-bedroom holiday chalets, each with two bedrooms, kitchen, shower-room, as well as a separate laundry room and toilet.
Mayfield, in Kirk Hammerton, is another home with flexible holiday business opportunity attached.
The main property is a spacious bungalow with around half-an-acre of gardens and a triple garage.
It has four en-suite bedrooms, two of which have separate access and are currently used as part of the bed-and-breakfast business.
There is also an extensive workshop area and independent artist’s studio, currently used for teaching classes, both of which could be converted to other uses, subject to consent.
Finally, Duke’s Place, at Bishop Thornton, is a stunning private home with successful holiday let business and around 11 acres of land.
It has gardens, double garage, extensive parking, courtyard, two carports, wood store, eight stables, external laundry room and barn with three additional stables.
Some of its many outbuildings have been converted into six holiday cottages, and these could be added to; planning permission has already been granted to convert a stable block into a one-bedroom holiday cottage, with work to start on or before 8 August 2014.