Take your hat off for farm­house in ru­ral splen­dour near Ilk­ley Moor

Yorkshire Post - Property - - PROPERTY - Sharon Dale Hard­wick House Farm, Ad­ding­ham Moor­side, near Ilk­ley. Guide price: £475,000. Con­tact: Dacre Son and Hart­ley, Ilk­ley, tel. 01942 600655, www.dacres.co.uk

FARM­HOUSE ren­o­va­tion projects al­ways cause a stir, but this one looks set to cause a great rush of in­ter­est.

It sits close to the hotspot of Ilk­ley in a lit­tle known ru­ral idyll that boasts some of the most spec­tac­u­lar scenery in York­shire.

Hard­wick House Farm, in the ham­let of Ad­ding­ham Moor­side, sits down at the end of a no through road and is next to the fa­mous Ilk­ley Moor.

It has been in the same own­er­ship since 1961 when the late Mary and Jim Hartshorne bought the small­hold­ing. Both were brought up in farm­ing and they were keen to get back to the land.

Although Mr Hartshorne’s day job was work­ing for the water board, he and his wife also kept live­stock, in­clud­ing pigs, hens, ducks, cat­tle and cows.

Their son Ken, who was 12 when the fam­ily moved there, says: “It’s a beau­ti­ful, un­spoilt spot and my par­ents were very happy there. They bought it from a lo­cal landowner and really did very lit­tle to it apart from put in a new kitchen. It still has the cast iron roll top bath from the 1930s.”

The farm­house is thought to have 17th cen­tury ori­gins but was re­built in the Vic­to­rian era. It comes with an ad­join­ing barn, dat­ing from the 1600s and this is grade two listed.

A small out­build­ing, which is built into a large nat­u­ral rock out­crop and is also listed and is thought to have been used as a wool combers shop.

The prop­erty stands in about 24 acres of green belt fields and moor­land be­tween Ilk­ley and Ad­ding­ham.

Ian Briggs, man­ager of Dacre Son and Hart­ley’s Ilk­ley of­fice, says: “The lo­ca­tion, at the end of a track, is a tran­quil ru­ral idyll and the farm­house com­mands some out­stand­ing views across the Wharfe Val­ley to­wards Beam­s­ley Bea­con, Simon’s Seat and up Wharfedale to­wards Great Wh­ern­side.”

He added: You could come home to the sound of the curlews and one of the finest views in Wharfedale.”

The farm­house has a sit­ting room, din­ing kitchen, util­ity room and sep­a­rate WC. On the ground floor. On the first floor, there are three bed­rooms and a bath­room. The ad­join­ing barn pro­vides scope to en­large the ex­ist­ing ac­com­mo­da­tion at ground floor level, sub­ject to listed build­ing and plan­ning con­sents.

Ian adds: “Small­hold­ings of this na­ture this close to Ilk­ley come to the mar­ket very in­fre­quently. It rep­re­sents an ex­cep­tion­ally rare op­por­tu­nity and will doubt­less ap­peal to those with eques­trian in­ter­ests, hobby farm­ers, or those sim­ply seek­ing the joys of ru­ral liv­ing with­out be­ing too re­mote from civil­i­sa­tion.”

Any­one in­ter­ested will have to ap­proach on foot or in a four wheeled drive ve­hi­cle as the track is un­suit­able for low slung cars.

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