Chance to add to home’s catalogue of happy memories
Beck House, Church Lane, Collingham, near Wetherby. Price: £1.5m. Contact: Beadnall Copley, tel: 01937 580850, www.beadnallcopley.co.uk THE old two-bedroom farmhouse that older villagers remember at the bottom of Church Lane in Collingham, is unrecognisable after a series of exterior and interiors makeovers.
It is now a luxurious home that was given its first facelift in 1971 and has been owned by the same family ever since.
“A developer bought the farmhouse and renovated it for himself but in the end his wife didn’t want to leave their home in Leeds. My father had got to know him and said, ‘If you ever sell, I’d love to live there’ and so he had first refusal,” says Carol Wyatt.
Carol lived in the house from the age of 14 and when her parents downsized in 1987, she bought the property.
“It’s the most amazing family house filled with so many great memories. I had my 21st birthday party here, my sister had her wedding reception here and my own children have grown up here,” she says.
Carol and her husband Simon have extended the property adding more bedrooms and ensuites, another staircase, a purpose-built bar room, a stunning kitchen and a magnificent hardwood conservatory made and maintained by Oak Leaf.
“The conservatory is wonderful, full of natural light and we spend a lot of time in there.
“It’s our favourite room,” says Carol.
The house, set in an acre, now has a reception hall, inner hallway, cloakroom, drawing room, dining room, snug or study, kitchen, conservatory, utility room, boiler and store rooms.
On the first floor there is a master bedroom with en-suite bathroom, dressing room or bedroom four, three further bedrooms – two with en-suites and a house bathroom.
Outside, there is an attached double garage and a range of stone outbuildings and a stable.
The garden was created from a field by Carol’s father and she has inherited his green fingers and eye for landscaping.
She has added to the specimen trees and plants and made a series of outdoor rooms including a dining room with teak table and chairs, a sitting room with wicker sofas and chairs and a parterrre she calls her “little piece of Tuscany”.
There is also a vegetable garden, greenhouse, shed and a large lawned garden bordered on one side by Collingham Beck.
The Wyatts commissioned award-winning architects Bramhall Blenkharn to design another extension and facelift for the Beck House and they have planning approval to create a 4,800 sq ft contemporary home with atrium and gallery.
There is also potential to build another property in the grounds. Planning permission has existed in the past, but has since lapsed, for a detached dwelling.
But despite her love of design, Carol doesn’t have the heart to follow through either project.
“Our daughters have grown-up and gone and it’s just the two of us now, so we decided to have a lifestyle change and redesign the whole property.
“It looks amazing on plans with the front glazed and all open plan inside, but I just feel I can’t do it.
“There are too many happy memories here for me,” she says. “So we have decided to move instead to something smaller, suited to two people.
“What I’d really love is for another family to buy this house and enjoy it as much as we have.”
LIGHT AND SPACE: Beck House in Collingham boasts a magnificent conservatory, right.