Chance to add to home’s cat­a­logue of happy mem­o­ries

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Beck House, Church Lane, Colling­ham, near Wetherby. Price: £1.5m. Con­tact: Bead­nall Co­p­ley, tel: 01937 580850, www.bead­nall­cop­ 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.

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