Cana­dian ranch house in the heart of the Dales

Yorkshire Post - Property - - PROPERTY - Sharon Dale Knowles Lodge, Ap­ple­treewick. Price: £950,000. Con­tact: Carter Jonas, tel: 01423 523423

THE heady days be­fore strict plan­ning rules and Na­tional Park Au­thor­i­ties gave rise to the good, the bad and the down­right un­likely.

Knowles Lodge, a glo­ri­ous de­tached home on the edge of the sought-af­ter vil­lage of Ap­ple­treewick, is cer­tainly one of the lat­ter.

It was in­spired by a Cana­dian ranch house and was built in 1938 in a com­bi­na­tion of tim­ber frame, brick, stone and Cana­dian cedar cladding.

Owner Chris Knowles-Fit­ton, whose fa­ther built the prop­erty, says: “My grand­fa­ther was in the tex­tile busi­ness in Hud­der­s­field and he used to come over to Burn­sall a lot and that’s where my fa­ther got his love of the area from.

“He bought this plot of land in 1926 and orig­i­nally put an old rail­way guards van on it. He called it Sportiville, which in truth was a place he could come to have fun with his friends. He met my mother in 1935 and they re­placed Sportiville with this house. My fa­ther went to Canada on busi­ness a lot and that’s where he got the idea of build­ing in a Cana­dian style.

“There is ab­so­lutely no way that would ever hap­pen now. He would never have got plan­ning per­mis­sion but back then it was a very dif­fer­ent set-up.”

Mr Knowles-Fit­ton and his wife moved to the prop­erty in 1992 and com­pletely ren­o­vated it. They re­placed the cladding, re-roofed with Cana­dian cedar shin­gles and mod­ernised the in­te­rior. They now run Knowles Lodge as a suc­cess­ful Miche­lin rated 5* bed & break­fast and also have a li­cence to hold civil wed­ding cer­e­monies.

“Guests love it be­cause it has wow fac­tor. One of the best bits about the house is the pic­ture win­dows, which give the most in­cred­i­ble views,” says Mr Knowles-Fit­ton.

The prop­erty, which is set in 15 acres, sits on a nat­u­ral plateau of meadow and wood­land and has frontage and fish­ing rights on a stretch of the River Wharfe.

It has a re­cep­tion hall, sit­ting room, snug, din­ing room, in­ner hall, cloak­room, break­fast kitchen, laun­dry room, pantry and four ground floor bed­rooms with en-suites. There is an ad­di­tional bed­room on the first floor with an en -suite shower room. Out­side, there is a garage with ad­join­ing home of­fice and gar­den store.

Mr and Mrs Knowles-Fit­ton are sell­ing to down­size. For more de­tails on the B&B visit www.

Knowles Lodge is mod­elled on a Cana­dian ranch house and is clad and roofed in Cana­dian cedar.


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