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.
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.