Harrogate’s quiet oasis sitting between two Bettys
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.