Retro home in Leeds village that comes with a funny claim to fame
THIS 1970s detached home combines the best of retro and modern style and is in the increasingly desirable village of Calverley.
The area’s easy access to both Leeds and Bradford was a major attraction for Lynne and Paul Smithson when they bought the house 13 years ago, though it also comes with a claim to fame.
The property, which is on a private drive, was built in 1976 for Robin Colvill, one half of Yorkshire comedy duo The Grumbleweeds, hence its name Colvilla. It played host to a number of celebrity guests, including Linda Lusardi.
The Smithsons have since rendered the exterior, installed a new kitchen and bathrooms, added an extension and created an open plan living space. The heated outdoor pool has also been relined.
“The pool has been a fantastic feature for us. Our children were two and four-years-old when we moved here and they’ve had enormous fun in it over the years,” says Lynne.
“When we first came to view the house it was very 1970s but we loved it. When we asked the children what they liked best the said ‘the round TV’, which was very of its time.”
The house now has a much more contemporary style and has an entrance hallway leading to the 19ft sitting room and the versatile family room/study/ bedroom five.
The property also has a cloakroom and inner hallway, open plan living kitchen fitted with a bespoke range of oak units, a utility/rear porch and large, walk-in storage cupboard.
The four bedrooms include one with an en-suite and a master suite with dressing area and shower room. There is also a house bathroom.
Outside, there is a large, centrally heated log cabin with a shower room and a garden room, which could be used as independent living space.
It has double glazed windows and patio doors leading out to the swimming pool area.
The 0.8 acre gardens have mature trees, shrubs and large lawned areas. A driveway leads to a recently-built detached garage. There is a useful outside storeroom and a driveway with parking for up to six cars.
Lynne and Paul are selling to downsize.
“Our children are getting older and we have just bought a motor home so we’re looking for something smaller but we will miss this house.
“It’s in a great spot near the canal and the woods and Calverley is a lovely place to live with lots going on for families.”
Calverley has a number of shops and pubs and is only a short car ride away is the neighbouring suburb of Horsforth where a further selection of shops, pubs, restaurants and eateries can be found. Calverley also offers two good local primary schools.