Tak­ing a leaf out of Char­lotte’s book and spend some time in the li­brary

Yorkshire Post - Property - - FRONT PAGE - The Li­brary at Esh­ton Hall, Esh­ton, near Skip­ton

in­clud­ing slat­ted blinds that don’t ob­scure the views but she trav­elled light when she moved from her pre­vi­ous home in Ilk­ley five years ago.

“I was look­ing for some­thing big­ger and more ru­ral and as soon as I walked into this apart­ment and looked at the or­nate ceil­ing that was it. I just thought: ‘I’ve got to live here’. I was gobsmacked at how much wow fac­tor the place had,” says Sue, who runs Leeds­based busi­nesses Trop­i­cana Plantscapes, sup­ply­ing plants for of­fice build­ings and Of­fice Art, which rents art work.

Other im­pres­sive pe­riod fea­tures in what was the hall’s li­brary, in­clude a mar­ble fire­place and the orig­i­nal book­cases. Made by Gil­lows of Lan­caster, it is es­ti­mated that these alone are worth £60,000.

“The book­cases are in­cred­i­ble and they came with 250 old books that the in­te­ri­ors de­sign­ers had col­lected from auc­tions. I haven’t read many mind you. They mainly seem to be about law,” says Sue.

Some of the book­shelves have been con­cealed be­hind walls to make the space use­able. This was at the in­sis­tence of English Her­itage, which worked closely with Bur­ley De­vel­op­ments to en­sure that the in­tegrity of the grade two listed prop­erty re­mained in­tact.

Esh­ton Hall was a Pal­la­dian house re­mod­elled in the 1820s for Matthew Wil­son in El­iz­a­bethan re­vival style. It was later used as boys school and later as nurs­ing home be­fore be­ing con­verted into apart­ments.

Fa­mous vis­i­tors in­cluded Char­lotte Brontë, who worked nearby as a gov­erness. She came to visit the lady of the hall, Frances Cur­rer, and to use her li­brary, which was known as one of the finest in Europe with more than 10,000 books.

The Li­brary has a liv­ing area, kitchen and fea­ture stair­case set in the orig­i­nal lightwell. The first floor has a land­ing, two bed­rooms with en-suite bath­rooms and a cloak­room.

Out­side, there is use of the communal gar­dens and grounds.

Sue is sell­ing to move closer to friends and fam­ily in Har­ro­gate, but says it will be wrench to leave.

“I come home from Leeds and it’s like be­ing on an­other planet. It’s so pic­turesque here.”

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