Har­ro­gate’s quiet oasis sit­ting be­tween two Bet­tys

Yorkshire Post - Property - - PROPERTY - Sharon Dale 5 Mar­garet Road, Har­ro­gate, Price: £625,000. Con­tact: Bead­nall and Co­p­ley, tel: 01423 503500 ww.bead­nall­cop­ley.co.uk

THIS pretty oasis in the cen­tre of Har­ro­gate was built by an ar­chi­tect who used stone from a de-con­se­crated church in Li­brary Gar­dens to fash­ion his ideal home.

The prop­erty was built in the mid-1950s and in­cor­po­rates a num­ber of ec­cle­si­as­ti­cal fea­tures, in­clud­ing carved finials, a large dou­ble col­umn at the side of the front door and Gothic win­dow arches in the dress­ing room. The old church font is in the gar­den and was ini­tially used as a foun­tain, while an­other arched church win­dow frames the builtin bar­be­cue.

Glenda and Colin Hunter, who bought the five bed­room prop­erty in 1997, were charmed by the fea­tures, the lo­ca­tion and the large gar­den.

Glenda says: “The gar­den and front path are en­closed by a high hedge, mak­ing them com­pletely in­vis­i­ble from the street. Once in­side the gar­den, the town seem­ingly fades away and all you can hear is bird song and all you can see at eye level is cul­ti­vated green­ery. Most vis­i­tors are sur­prised there is a sub­stan­tial house and large gar­den when they open the gate, so se­cluded is the plot.

“Yet, within 30 sec­onds you can walk to Val­ley Gar­dens, a two min­utes walk takes you to the pro­tected Pine Woods and within 15 min­utes you can be in the cen­tre of Har­ro­gate. I al­ways say that the unique sell­ing point of this house is that it is within 15 min­utes walk­ing dis­tance of ei­ther of the two Bet­tys in Har­ro­gate, the one at Har­low Carr or the one in the cen­tre of town.”

The cou­ple have mod­ernised the prop­erty over the years and it has an en­trance hall, sit­ting room, study, din­ing room, break­fast room, sun room, bespoke kitchen, util­ity room and cloak­room. On the first floor, there is a mas­ter bed­room with en-suite shower room, three fur­ther bed­rooms and house a bath­room. There is a fur­ther fifth bed­room/stu­dio on the sec­ond floor. Out­side, the gar­den is south-fac­ing with a veg­etable plot and green­house, along with a large garage and an ad­join­ing shed that houses Colin’s model rail­way.

“It was a 15-year labour of love and he would be happy to ne­go­ti­ate the sep­a­rate pur­chase of it if any­one was in­ter­ested,” says Glenda. “How­ever, the shed could eas­ily be con­verted to a home of­fice, as it is fully in­su­lated with an elec­tric­ity sup­ply.”

She and Colin are sell­ing to move to the coun­try.

This house was built with the stone from an old church and is very cen­tral, but tucked away with a large gar­den.


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