Old Barn near Ot­ley that hides a sen­sa­tional mod­ern makeover

Yorkshire Post - Property - - PROPERTY - Sharon Dale The Old Barn, Maple Grange, Ilk­ley Road, Ot­ley. Price: £1.295m. Con­tact: Ed­dis­ons Ex­clu­sive, tel. 0113 239 0094, www.ed­dis­ons.com/homes

WHEN Gra­ham Bates gave a beau­ti­ful, rus­tic barn con­ver­sion an ul­tra con­tem­po­rary makeover 12 years ago, it raised a few eye­brows. It was out with the beams and coun­try flo­rals and in with min­i­mal, mod­ern fur­ni­ture and a glass and steel stair­case.

Now barns every­where are be­ing up­dated in much the same way as own­ers re­alise that old and new work per­fectly to­gether in this type of prop­erty.

A sea­soned prop­erty ren­o­va­tor and in­vestor, and now chief ex­ec­u­tive of Ed­dis­ons Res­i­den­tial, Gra­ham bought the prop­erty be­cause he wanted to live some­where more ru­ral with plenty of out­door space for his two sons.

“It’s very pri­vate but there are just a hand­ful of neigh­bours so you don’t feel iso­lated. An­other thing I like about it is that it has a huge amount of nat­u­ral light,” says Gra­ham, who spared no ex­pense on the re­vamp.

“The stair­case was was a ma­jor ar­chi­tec­tural job. I had to have a steel frame built into the wall to hold the can­tilevered stairs,” he says.

An­other big ex­pense were ra­di­a­tors, which cost £600 each. He also ripped the light wooden floors up and re­placed them with wal­nut, changed all the in­ter­nal doors, knocked down walls to open up the down­stairs space and had the whole house wired with the lat­est elec­tronic gad­getry, in­clud­ing a Bose and Sonos sound sys­tem.

Much of the fur­ni­ture is from Ligne Roset, in­clud­ing the white leather so­fas, though one clas­sic coun­try es­sen­tial has pride of place in the kitchen.

“I’ve dis­cov­ered that I love Agas. I’m a com­plete con­vert,” says Gra­ham, who added a swim­ing pool com­plex to the prop­erty, which now has 4,500 sq ft of space.

On the ground floor, there is a hall­way with mu­sic area, a fam­ily room, open plan sit­ting room and a kitchen which opens onto an ex­te­rior din­ing deck. The leisure fa­cil­i­ties in­clude an in­door swim­ming pool with glass walls, a steam room, re­lax­ing area, gym and cin­ema room.

On the first floor, there is a mas­ter bed­room suite with in­ter­nal bal­cony over­look­ing the pool, a dress­ing room and en-suite bath­room, plus an­other bed­room and en-suite, a third bed­room and house bath­room. The sec­ond floor has two bed­rooms and a wet room. The ad­join­ing an­nex has its own ex­ter­nal en­trance but is also ac­cessed from the main house and could be used as a home of­fice, teenage stu­dio or self­con­tained ac­com­mo­da­tion.

Out­side there is a large drive­way with park­ing and a garage along with two acres of gar­den.

Gra­ham is leav­ing to down­size and move closer to his sons’ high schools in Har­ro­gate.

He says: “It has been an ideal place to bring up my two boys. They have loved it. It is an ideal fam­ily home with all the space you could need but it is too big for me now.”

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