Heart­beat coun­try home that has story to tell about arts and crafts

Yorkshire Post - Property - - PROPERTY - Sharon Dale Glen­head, Orchard Lane, Goath­land Price: £450,00 Con­tact: Smiths Gore, tel 01904 756303, www. smiths­gore.co.uk

THIS stun­ning house boasts beau­ti­ful ar­chi­tec­ture, a prime po­si­tion in Heart­beat coun­try and a fas­ci­nat­ing his­tory

Built in 1897 in coursed sand­stone with her­ring­boned tooled lin­tels, Glen­head is a clas­sic ex­am­ple of the Arts and Craft style and there is a clue to its ori­gins on the date stone above the door, which is in­scribed with the ini­tials CGP.

Ex­am­i­na­tion of the deeds by the present own­ers re­vealed that the ini­tials be­longed to the orig­i­nal owner Chris­tian Got­tlieb Padel. Herr Padel came from Chris­tian­feld in north­ern Ger­many and trained as a con­cert pi­anist at Leipzig Con­ser­va­toire un­der a for­mer pupil of Beethoven. He moved to Eng­land in the 1850s, even­tu­ally tak­ing over his un­cle’s prac­tice, and taught mu­sic in York and Har­ro­gate. He was a mem­ber of the York Sym­phony Orches­tra and was one of many suc­cess­ful pil­lars of York­shire so­ci­ety who com­mis­sioned im­pres­sive hol­i­day homes in Goath­land.

Long be­fore Heart­beat, the vil­lage at­tracted tourists who trav­elled by steam train to en­joy the dra­matic moor­land scenery. Herr Padel used to tell a story of the train stop­ping reg­u­larly on its way there. On be­ing asked what the prob­lem was, the guard ex­plained: “Cow on the line, sir.” At last the train moved on, but soon stopped again. He asked the guard, “What now?” “Cow on the line, sir.” “What, an­other cow?” “No, sir. Same cow.”

The house was sold af­ter Herr Padel’s wife Clara died in 1917 and he moved to Carlisle, where his son was head­mas­ter of the gram­mar school. He en­ter­tained the pupils ev­ery morn­ing with a Beethoven pi­ano sonata.

Since then, the prop­erty has re­tained many of its orig­i­nal fea­tures, in­clud­ing pan­elled doors, beamed ceil­ings, par­quet floors and dressed stone fire­places, though it has been mod­ernised thanks to the fam­ily who bought it in 1971.

Yvonne Fair­clough, who now owns the house jointly with her brother, says: “Our fam­ily has con­nec­tions with Goath­land go­ing back many years, which is why my par­ents bought the house. They were go­ing to re­tire here but we ended up us­ing it as a hol­i­day home. We have had lots of happy times here. In fact I was mar­ried in Whitby and held my wed­ding re­cep­tion at the house.

“We love it and we’ve been com­ing here for so long that it just feels like home, but the time has come to sell.”

Glen­head sits on a large 1.1 acre site in a se­cluded lo­ca­tion with views of fields and the heather moors. In­side, it has a sit­ting room, din­ing room, kitchen, boot room, cloak room, five bed­rooms and two bath­rooms.

Kate Hard­wick, of Smiths Gore, says: “This is a charm­ing and at­mo­spheric house with lovely grounds and a fas­ci­nat­ing his­tory. It will make ei­ther a fab­u­lous main res­i­dence or hol­i­day home in this pretty con­ser­va­tion vil­lage.”

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