A small town that is prov­ing big draw for buy­ers

Pate­ley Bridge has glo­ri­ous coun­try­side, in­de­pen­dent shops and a swim­ming pool. No won­der it’s in de­mand. Sharon Dale re­ports.

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THERE is no-one as evan­gel­i­cal as a con­vert and so it’s lit­tle won­der that Jean Gil­bert­son ex­cels at sell­ing houses in Pate­ley Bridge.

Jean grew up in a “Coro­na­tion Street” style sub­urb of Manch­ester and dreamed of swap­ping the cob­bled streets for coun­try lanes and green fields.

The dream fi­nally came true when she moved to Pate­ley Bridge 22 years ago.

“It’s so pretty and it is a re­ally nice place to live. In my pre­vi­ous job I trav­elled round the coun­try and was away a lot. When I got back here I al­ways thought ‘Yippee I’m home’,” says Jean, who works for Ver­ity Frearson’s Pate­ley of­fice.

“I re­ally do love it here and liv­ing here means I know a lot about the area so I can tell peo­ple who are think­ing of buy­ing ex­actly what they need to know. I am sure my real en­thu­si­asm has helped sell houses.”

Pate­ley Bridge, which has a pop­u­la­tion of just 2,000, is in­cred­i­bly well-served for such a small town as it at­tracts cus­tom from the sur­round­ing vil­lages, ham­lets and farm­steads. It has some great in­de­pen­dent shops in­clud­ing Weather­heads and Ken­dalls butch­ers, the old­est sweet shop in Eng­land, a great deli and mini-mar­kets. It also has den­tist and doc­tors’ surg­eries, a post of­fice, li­brary, a lit­tle theatre, leisure cen­tre and a com­mu­nity hall, which has just started host­ing monthly cin­ema nights.

The pri­mary and sec­ondary schools are well-re­garded and there is a host of com­mu­nity groups and sports teams.

How­ever, prices are not cheap for those who want to fol­low Jean’s dream. They start at around £125,000 for a onebed­room cot­tage and from £150,000 for a two bed­room ter­raced house or ex-lo­cal au­thor­ity prop­erty, while a fam­ily sized semi is from £250,000 and a larger detached from £350,000.

Most of the hous­ing stock is stone-built older properties and choice isn’t abun­dant, as this is a pop­u­lar town where peo­ple tend to stay put long-term.

Chris O’Ma­honey, man­ager of Dacre, Son and Hart­ley’s Pate­ley Bridge of­fice, says: “It’s a nice town with great com­mu­nity so it has al­ways been pop­u­lar and the mar­ket is im­prov­ing. The top end is par­tic­u­larly busy and most of th­ese buy­ers are from out­side the area.

“We’ve just put three properties over £500,000 un­der of­fer and we have an­other house at £900,000 that has at­tracted a lot of view­ings. One of the buy­ers is from Dubai.”

Im­proved broad­band and mo­bile phone con­nec­tions have helped make it more at­trac­tive to those who work from home. It is also tar­geted by fam­i­lies for the schools, and, in­creas­ingly, by those who work in Leeds.

Chris says: “It takes about an hour to get to Leeds and you don’t have to go through Har­ro­gate. You can drive over to Sum­mer­bridge and across to the A59 at Pool Bank and down through Ot­ley. That’s a big at­trac­tion.”

Its rel­a­tive iso­la­tion has de­terred some buy­ers, but this is a self-con­tained town and it is only 20 min­utes from Ripon and half an hour from Har­ro­gate, pro­vid­ing it doesn’t snow.

The ben­e­fit of this lo­ca­tion and one of the town’s great­est at­trac­tions is that you are sur­rounded by glo­ri­ous Nid­derdale coun­try­side, des­ig­nated an area of out­stand­ing nat­u­ral beauty.

Pate­ley Bridge is the start­ing and fin­ish­ing point on the Nid­derdale Way, a cir­cu­lar route which cov­ers 53 miles.

Jean says: “We get a lot of peo­ple who re­tire here and a lot who want to buy hol­i­day cot­tages. The lat­est peo­ple I showed round are from Cam­bridge and they want to buy here be­cause they’ve been on walk­ing hol­i­days here and love the area. It is fan­tas­tic and the scenery is spec­tac­u­lar even in in­clement weather.

“It is not as crowded as places like the Lake Dis­trict. There are lots of nice walks where you won’t see any­one else. That’s a great plea­sure but the best thing for me is not wak­ing up to the sound of traf­fic. In­stead I wake up to the sound of bird­song.”

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