Gareth’s home is a premier league property with 21st century style
FOOTBALLERS’ homes have a reputation for being tasteless and over the top, but ex-England player turned TV pundit Gareth Southgate has bucked the trend with this sensational revamp.
He and his wife, Alison, clearly spared no expense when they modernised historic Swinsty Hall. but there’s no trace of bling or vulgarity.
North Yorkshire-based interior designer Carolyn Parker helped the couple create the scheme, which has added a sophisticated, contemporary twist to the 16th century house.
The 8,000 sq ft, grade one listed property is packed with Elizabethan and Tudor features and now boasts an ante-hall leading to a formal hall with baronial fireplace, and space for dining and entertaining. The ground floor also has a panelled drawing room, a library and a new kitchen with Aga and marble work surfaces. This leads to a breakfast room and out on to a terrace. The lower ground floor is made up of utility rooms, stores and a wine cellar. On the first floor, there is a master bedroom suite, four further bedrooms and two house bathrooms. The second floor has another bedroom suite and an impressive cinema room with exposed beams, purlins and trusses. There is a two-bedroom staff cottage adjacent to the house and a barn that has potential for conversion. There are grounds and gardens, which stretch to 4.5 acres and include extensive lawns, ponds, streams, a knot garden and a rose garden.
The hall is in the heart of the Washburn Valley next to Swinsty Reservoir. It was built in 1570 and was in the same family for centuries until it was bought by Leeds Corporation in the 1800s. The council flooded the valley to create two reservoirs but the hall remained well above water level.
It was rescued from dereliction by Chris and Eileen Taylor in 1991 and they spent years restoring its ancient fabric and making it habitable. They replaced the roof, installed heating, repaired the timbers and panelling, and re-leaded the windows. The Southgates, meanwhile, have added some glamorous 21st century style to the mix.
Tim Waring, of Knight Frank, says: “Swinsty Hall is a wonderful English country house that is presented in excellent order with lovely interiors that have an impressive contemporary twist.”
Gareth, 42, and Alison are selling to move closer to their children’s schools but they plan to stay in Yorkshire.
The former Middlesbrough player and manager now works as a pundit for ITV Sport. His playing career ended in May 2006 after more than 500 league appearances and 57 caps for England. Although he was born in Watford, Gareth’s heart now seems to lie firmly in God’s own county. His Twitter profile reveals that he is “currently awaiting Yorkshire citizenship”.
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