A stand­out even in the vil­lage of man­sions where big is beau­ti­ful

Yorkshire Post - Property - - PROPERTY - Heath House, Heath, Wake­field

house “more suited to his client’s stand­ing in so­ci­ety”.

Paine, who was later feted for his work, added the Ash­lar front sec­tion with cham­fered quoins in a Pal­la­dian Villa style and trans­formed the old prop­erty into an enor­mous sta­tus sym­bol with a can­tilevered stair­case hall that be­came a prop­to­type for his later com­mis­sions in Northum­ber­land at Belford Hall and Gos­forth Park.

Basil Bas­ray, who has a struc­tural en­gi­neer­ing busi­ness, and his wife He­len bought the house ten years ago and have spent a small for­tune restor­ing it to a stan­dard that both Paine and Hop­kin­son would be thrilled with.

“It was par­tially ren­o­vated when we bought it, though we have done the en­tire sec­ond floor. We’ve also had the front of the house re­pointed and the orig­i­nal sash win­dows re­fur­bished,” says He­len, who over­saw the mam­moth pro­ject, which took eight years. It has been a big job and a real chal­lenge but we had some great lo­cal builders and sup­pli­ers help­ing us. We loved the house when we first saw it . We bought it be­cause it is in such a lovely spot and it is a one-off.”

The house has 10,000 sq ft of space and a host of pe­riod fea­tures, in­clud­ing 19th Cen­tury cast iron balus­ters, dec­o­ra­tive fire­places and pan­elled win­dow sur­rounds with tra­di­tional shut­ters, plus a cen­tral atrium soar­ing to the full height of the prop­erty. The house also has a re­cep­tion hall­way, cloak­room, wash room, draw­ing room, din­ing room, morn­ing room, sitting room, break­fast kitchen, util­ity room and ex­ten­sive base­ment area with in­ter­con­nect­ing vaulted keep­ing cel­lars. On the first floor, there is a gal­leried land­ing, mas­ter bed­room with large en-suite bath­room, two fur­ther bed­room suites, bed­rooms four and five, shower room, box room and snooker room. A stone ser­vice stair­case leads up to the sec­ond floor “pent­house” ar­ranged round a cen­tral gal­leried land­ing with four re­cep­tion rooms, break­fast kitchen, mas­ter bed­room with en-suite shower room, sec­ond dou­ble bed­room and house bath­room. The ex­quis­ite decor in­cludes hand­printed wall­pa­per from Cole and Son. Out­side, there is park­ing, a dou­ble garage, for­mal lawned gar­dens. The Bas­rays are sell­ing to down­size now that their two chil­dren have grown up.

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