Yorkshire Life : 2020-10-01

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Buy me LOCATION, LOCATION Wetherby has been at a crossroads for centuries. It was here in medieval times that marauding Scots armies forded the River Wharfe on missions of pillage. Then in the 18th century it prospered as a stop on the Great North Road coaching route with 40 pubs servicing the lucrative long distance north to south trade. Today Wetherby, population 20,000, instantly registers as one of the smartest small towns in Yorkshire. Buildings are made from a lovely white and yellow stone making the place feel bright and positive and the meandering river looping through the centre adds its own magic. Go a little way out of town for tremendous countrysid­e, replete with stunning villages and atmospheri­c pubs. It all makes for a tempting package, embellishe­d by the presence of good schools, a sense of community and excellent shops. Sheepfold Barn, Sicklingha­ll Road, Wetherby A gorgeous barn conversion on the very edge of Wetherby, a short distance from the town centre and golf club, enjoying glorious unspoilt views over adjoining countrysid­e and set amidst private grounds with lawns, mature trees, orchard and all-weather hard tennis court. The luxurious property has an elegant sitting room, spacious dining room, study, stylish Jeremy Wood dining kitchen with integrated appliances & AGA, utility room and cloakroom. On the first floor there’s a superb family room, master bedroom with eye-catching contempora­ry en-suite bathroom. A self-contained annexe has a kitchen, lounge, bedroom and shower room. Plenty of parking and double garage with adjacent workshop and games room and office. OIR £1,350,000 Contact: Beadnall Copley, 3 Market Place, Wetherby, LS22 6LQ. Tel 01937 580850 BAG A PROPERTY Wetherby’s mix of properties includes stylish apartments overlookin­g the river, along with terraced cottages, detached family homes and millionair­e mansions. Most of the centre is a conservati­on area, which has protected the historic quality of the built environmen­t. Property prices are reasonable, certainly when compared to north Leeds and Harrogate, and a three-bed semi-detached can be found for as little as £250,000. For a goodsized family home a budget of £350,000 gives plenty of choice, whilst a three bed apartment in a swish riverside developmen­t will cost more than £450,000. To rent expect to pay £600 per month for a one bed flat and £800 for a two-bed terraced house. ‘People clearly support their local businesses’ EASY ACCESS The bad news is there is no railway station in Wetherby. But in other respects, transport links are excellent. The upgraded A1 runs alongside the town and York and Harrogate are a 20-minute drive away. Leeds takes a bit longer on busy days. Bus services are decent and the old rail route has been revived as a cycle path connecting Spofforth to Thorpe Arch, via Wetherby. EXPLORE Wetherby is a delight to discover by foot so be sure to pick up a Blue Plaque Trail leaflet from the tourist informatio­n centre. A popular starting point is the River 62 Yorkshire Life: October 2020 Š

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