Buy­ers will be bowled over by this manor house with cricket pitch

Yorkshire Post - Property - - PROPERTY - Sharon Dale Up­per Rookes Hall, Nor­wood Green, near Hal­i­fax Price: £1.3m Con­tact: Daniel and Hirst, tel: 01484 711200, www. danieland­hirst.co.uk

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.

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