Eight sides to the story of home that’s be­come a lo­cal land­mark

Afa­ther and daugh­ter team cre­ated this stun­ning oc­tag­o­nal home. Sharon Dale re­ports.

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SARAH Bar­r­a­clough is used to her fa­ther’s whims and when he told her he was go­ing to turn the ru­ins of an old gas­om­e­ter into a house, she barely raised an eye­brow.

It was hard to see the tum­ble­down 10ft cir­cu­lar wall as a lux­ury home, but larger than life lo­cal prop­erty de­vel­oper Brian Ver­ity is a man with some vi­sion, and, says Sarah: “He’s usu­ally right.”

The con­verted gas­om­e­ter was to be the piece de re­sis­tance to cap off a mill con­ver­sion in Oak­worth by Brian’s com­pany Skip­ton Prop­er­ties.

Sarah, who is sales di­rec­tor for the firm, was charged with mar­ket­ing it. In the end it wasn’t a hard sell. “As soon as he started build­ing it I knew I had to have it. I could see it was go­ing to be some­thing re­ally spe­cial,” says Sarah.

“My dad could’ve put a stan­dard de­tached on the site, but he likes a chal­lenge and cre­at­ing some­thing dif­fer­ent ap­pealed to him.

“It’s called the Round House, be­cause ev­ery­one lo­cally refers to it as that, but it’s ac­tu­ally oc­tag­o­nal and it was re­ally dif­fi­cult to build. The costs sky-rock­eted.

“Hav­ing eight sides meant that a lot of the stone had to be hand chis­elled to fit.”

Al­though she had no in­ten­tion of mov­ing from nearby Ha­worth, the one-off home was the cat­a­lyst for her next move up the prop­erty lad­der.

And she knew all the neigh­bours – as she had sold them their homes.

Most of the gas­om­e­ter had fallen down, but Skip­ton Prop­er­ties built in the foot­print and used re­claimed stone.

The in­ter­nal fit-out for the six-bed­room home was de­ter­mined by Sarah, who says that the usual bronze, sil­ver and gold stan­dards Skip­ton Prop­er­ties of­fer were sur­passed in this case.

“It’s a di­a­mond and we spent a for­tune on it, though my dad kept telling us to keep an eye on the bud­get.

“Ev­ery­thing is be­spoke and top qual­ity.”

The house also boasts an in­te­grated mu­sic/TV sys­tem.

On the lower ground floor there is a large dou­ble garage, two store rooms, a util­ity room, a bed­room, games room and a shower room.

On the ground floor there is an en­trance hall with fit­ted mir­ror fronted wardrobes, shower room, bed­room, open plan sit­ting-din­ing area with oak floor­ing and doors lead­ing to a bal­cony.

The kitchen has an ex­ten­sive range of gloss black Mi­rari units with blue eye gran­ite work­tops, twin sinks, gas fired four oven Aga, built-in mi­crowave, dish­washer, cof­fee ma­chine and built-in elec­tric oven with two ring in­duc­tion hob.

On the first floor there is a mas­ter bed­room with walk-in wardrobes and en-suite, three fur­ther bed­rooms, one with en­suite, a house bath­room and a 360 de­gree stair­well with hand­made solid oak spi­ral stair­case.

Out­side there is a pa­tio, lawned gar­den and a meadow with an ar­ray of fruit trees, se­cu­rity lights and CCTV, plus a cob­bled park­ing area for up to five cars.

Al­though the sit­ting room has eight walls, fur­nish­ing the Round House didn’t present a prob­lem.

“It was okay. The only thing we did was cre­ate a false wall in the sit­ting room to hide the TV in,” says Sarah.

She and hus­band John moved in three years ago and now have a daugh­ter So­phie, two, and an­other baby on the way.

“We moved in just over three years ago and it is the long­est I’ve stayed any­where,” says Sarah, who is sell­ing to move back to her home town of Skip­ton, to be closer to her fam­ily and friends.

“I’ll miss liv­ing here. It’s a unique prop­erty, built of old stone but very mod­ern in­side.”

The Round House, Wa­ter­wheel Lane, Oak­worth, is for sale with Dacre, Son and Hart­ley, Keigh­ley, for £595,000. Tel: 01535 611511, www.dacres.co.uk

NO EX­PENSE SPARED: The Round House at Oak­worth.

HIGH-END: The mod­ern gloss-black kitchen.

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