Cel­e­brat­ing brand new life for Queen Vic­to­ria’s ju­bilee tower

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the tur­rets and mak­ing it wa­ter­tight.

Bar­bara and Jeremy have added an en-suite shower, walk-in wardrobe, new win­dows to the ex­ten­sion and they have re­vamped the kitchen, treat­ing it to a new Aga. Out­side, they have sunk a new bore hole, in­stalled a water treat­ment plant and have built a rose garden over the grotto, which is a cave once used for hang­ing game.

Set over four floors, it is now a spa­cious three-bed­room, twobath­room home that Bar­bara de­scribes as “full of joy, warmth and laugh­ter” and it cer­tainly feels that way.

The fam­ily have used the grade two listed build­ing for com­mu­nity and church events and for par­ties to cel­e­brate ev­ery­thing from the Di­a­mond Ju­bilee to Easter.

They’ve re­cently given it an­other makeover to pre­pare it for sale and en­gaged the help of home stag­ing con­sul­tant Gill Wilkin­son.

“We wanted to make sure we gave the house the best op­por­tu­nity to sell and it has been a ter­rific in­vest­ment,” says Bar­bara.

The four days of stag­ing cost £175 a day and the Hy­des spent £700 on paint and soft fur­nish­ings plus £375 on dec­o­ra­tive ac­ces­sories.

“Gill was won­der­ful,” says Bar­bara. “She ad­vised us on paint colours and she also used many of my own things by re­ar­rang­ing them in a dif­fer­ent way, which kept costs down. I’m thrilled with the way it has turned out.”

Among her sug­ges­tions were paint­ing the stone steps from the kitchen to the base­ment in red and hang­ing cur­tains be­hind the glass of the kitchen cup­board to make it look pretty while hid­ing the clut­ter.

In the bed­room she added scented can­dles and made pic­tures from fab­ric stretched over a can­vas and cre­ated cush­ions to match. While she kept pho­to­graphs of Bar­bara’s na­tive Zim­babwe, she took down a large wall hang­ing and re­placed it with a fab­ric hang­ing fash­ioned from old cur­tains.

“She used the left over cur­tain fab­ric to make lit­tle pel­mets for the win­dows and she cre­ated a lit­tle scene us­ing Os­car’s cello. It’s the lit­tle things like that which have made a huge dif­fer­ence,” says Bar­bara. “Gill has a fan­tas­tic eye for colour and de­tail.”

The tower’s fresh new look has made sell­ing it even harder. The fam­ily are leav­ing to buy a house with fewer steps for Jeremy, who has devel­oped a health prob­lem.

“We love this place but we now need some­where with eas­ier ac­cess for Jeremy and we also want to down­size for re­tire­ment,” says Bar­bara.

Os­car, who gives me a tour of the roof ter­race on top of the tower, adds: “It’s won­der­ful up here on Bon­fire Night. You can see ev­ery­one’s bon­fires and you get an up close view of the fire­works.”

Bar­bara’s Use­ful Con­tacts: Homestager – Gill Wilkin­son of GMWIn­te­ri­ors, Rich­mond, www.gmwin­te­ri­ors.co.uk; Painter and Dec­o­ra­tor – Nick Bai­ley, www.nbai­ley­dec­o­ra­tors. co.uk TEN­ANTS are now stay­ing in ren­tal prop­er­ties for sig­nif­i­cantly longer pe­ri­ods, ac­cord­ing to the lat­est re­search from the As­so­ci­a­tion of Res­i­den­tial Let­ting Agents.

An up­ward trend has been firmly es­tab­lished with the av­er­age length of stay reach­ing 19 months at the end of 2012, com­pared with just 15 months five years ago.

Ian Pot­ter, man­ag­ing di­rec­tor of ARLA, said: “Ten­ancy agree­ments are a fact of life for ten­ants and land­lords, but all too of­ten they are not fully un­der­stood, if prop­erly read at all.

“Be­fore sign­ing any­thing both ten­ant and land­lord should al­ways en­sure they un­der­stand the agree­ment. Ig­no­rance of the terms is no de­fence against los­ing a de­posit.”

ROOMS WITH A VIEW: Ju­bilee Tower above Stee­ton, near Keigh­ley, was built to cel­e­brate Queen Vic­to­ria’s 50 years on the throne and is now a stun­ning fam­ily home with an ex­cep­tional panoramic view over the sur­round­ing town and coun­try­side.

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