Buyers will be bowled over by this manor house with cricket pitch
THIS Grade II Listed Manor House is in one the most soughtafter villages in Calderdale and comes with a sporting added extra.
The property has its own cricket pitch and pavilion. It was created for Craven Gentlemen club and was later leased by Norwood Green Cricket Club, which has folded. But the field is still mown and could be used again. Or it could be a pony paddock.
Owners Terri and Andy Greenwood were certainly bowled over by it when they bought the property 26 years ago.
The couple also loved the history and character afforded by the house and were equally impressed with the location.
“We love old properties and Andy was working in Leeds at the time and so we wanted to move from the centre of Halifax to be closer to the M62,” says Terri, who bought Upper Rookes Hall 26 years ago.
“We let the cricket field on a peppercorn rent to the club until it ceased and now we just maintain it.”
The house was, she adds, “a bit like a museum” and her aim was to make it more homely.
“We had two children and we wanted a comfortable and cosy feel and I think we’ve achieved that.”
The couple have also updated the kitchen and bathrooms.
The property, which was built in 1589 and extended in the 1920s, is full of period features, including panelling, oak beams, original fireplaces and mullioned windows.
It has an entrance porch with stone seats, an inner hallway, cloakroom, sitting room with oak panelling and a large inglenook fireplace housing a multi-fuel stove.
A second sitting room has a stone fireplace with open grate. The dining room too boasts an open fire and oak panelling. The ground floor also has a study with oak fireplace, a utility room and a large breakfast kitchen with Smallbone units, Amtico flooring and a red Aga.
On the first floor, there are five bedrooms, a bathroom with Smallbone units and a shower room.
Outside, the property is approached by a sweeping tarmac drive leading to the side of the house. The main formal gardens lie to the front and are two-tiered and south facing with large lawned areas, flowerbeds, shrubs, mature trees and a large stone paved patio. At the rear, there is a cobbled driveway and courtyard, together with stone paved patios, a stone outhouse and a stone-built double garage, which has a staircase leading to a first-floor entertainments room, which has its own cloakroom.
Terri and Andy are selling to downsize.
“We will miss it, especially as we have lived here for so long, but it is too big for us now the children have moved out,” says Terri.