The gen­tle­man’s res­i­dence that helped to spawn a global gam­ing sen­sa­tion

Yorkshire Post - Property - - PROPERTY - Knoll Top, Krum­lin. Price: £1.5m. Con­tact: Charnock Bates, tel: 01422 380100, www. charnock­bates.co.uk

WITH its roots in the Roar­ing Twen­ties, this stun­ning gen­tle­man’s res­i­dence was built with money made in a woollen tex­tiles mill.

The suc­cess of the Sykes fam­ily, who fin­ished the house in 1930, is ev­i­dent in the fab­ric, fix­tures and fit­tings and they would be thrilled to know that their ef­forts have helped in­spire an even greater achieve­ment.

Liam Bowmer drew in­spi­ra­tion from his sur­round­ings to cre­ate an on­line game that helped spawn the global phe­nom­e­non An­gry Birds.

Cas­tle Clout is cred­ited as the fore­run­ner of the ad­dic­tive mo­bile app that has cap­ti­vated mil­lions, in­clud­ing Prime Min­is­ter David Cameron.

Liam de­vised it when he was a law stu­dent still liv­ing at home and says ele­ments of Knoll Top can be seen in the game, which in­volved hurl­ing me­dieval am­mu­ni­tion at an en­emy cas­tle.

“The stonework in the cas­tle is the same colour as the house and the green fields and view as a back­drop are sim­i­lar.

“It must have been sub­lim­i­nal as I spent a lot of time plan­ning the game at home,” he says.

The money he made from li­cens­ing Cas­tle Clout was nowhere near the £5 bil­lion An­gry Birds has gen­er­ated, but it did al­low him to put a de­posit down on a house.

He has also launched his own IT busi­ness, The Busi­ness De­pot, and is plan­ning to de­velop some of his lat­est game ideas.

Now he and his sib­lings have flown the nest, his par­ents John and Julie are down­siz­ing. The cou­ple bought the prop­erty in the beau­ti­ful ham­let of Krum­lin, near Rip­pon­den, in 2004 af­ter be­ing cap­ti­vated by the stun­ning lo­ca­tion.

“The unique po­si­tion­ing with the Pen­nine back­drop meant we fell for Knoll Top in­stantly,” says Julie.

“The prox­im­ity to Rip­pon­den also of­fered a delightful vil­lage en­vi­ron­ment inclusive of the ex­cel­lent in­de­pen­dent school, Rish­worth, which our three chil­dren at­tended.”

She adds: “John and I are both in busi­ness, so it was para­mount that we had a beau­ti­ful ru­ral set­ting to es­cape to, while be­ing able to ac­cess the mo­tor­way from the house within 10 min­utes.

“We can be in Leeds or Manch­ester city cen­tre within 40 min­utes from here.”

The cou­ple have ren­o­vated and de­vel­oped the house, which has a host of pe­riod fea­tures, in­clud­ing mul­lion win­dows, oak pan­elled walls, orig­i­nal fire­places and im­pres­sive domed ceil­ings to two of the bed­rooms.

The ma­jor­ity of the Art Deco wood­work, doors and han­dles have been re­stored to com­ple­ment the Bowmer’s sen­si­tive mod­erni­sa­tion.

Knoll Top, which also comes with a two bed­room bun­ga­low, now has an en­trance hall, three re­cep­tion rooms, a kitchen, util­ity, cloak­room, five bed­rooms, three en-suites and a house bath­room.

Out­side, there is park­ing, garage, gar­dens, 5.5 acres of land and a sta­ble block.

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