Retro home in Leeds vil­lage that comes with a funny claim to fame

Yorkshire Post - Property - - PROPERTY - Sharon Dale Colvilla, Clara Drive, Calver­ley, near Leeds. Price: £699,950. Con­tact: Waite and Co., tel: 0113 239 0012, www. wait­e­andco.co.uk

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.

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