Hazel’s mag­nif­i­cent makeover cre­ates a gor­geous Ge­or­gian home

Yorkshire Post - Property - - PROPERTY - Sharon Dale Wim­ple House, Lit­tle Gom­er­sal. Price: Of­fers over £450,000. Con­tact: Si­mon Blyth, tel: 01484 689689, www.si­mon­blyth.co.uk

IM­PULSE buys are usu­ally con­fined to fash­ion and home­ware but Hazel Kenyon bought an his­toric house on the spur of the mo­ment.

Af­ter ar­riv­ing early for a church ser­vice in Lit­tle Gom­er­sal she drove round the area and spot­ted a “For Sale” sign on a pretty Ge­or­gian prop­erty.

“The house was so ap­peal­ing, I booked to see it at 3pm and by 4.30pm I was in the es­tate agent’s of­fice ar­rang­ing to buy it. I just fell in with it,” says Hazel, who lived in Denby Dale at the time.

“I loved the lo­ca­tion. Lit­tle Gom­er­sal is re­ally at­trac­tive and very handy for get­ting into Leeds and Brad­ford. it has its own vil­lage green and a lovely com­mu­nity. “

Wim­ple House was built by the Mo­ra­vians in 1751. It is one of three townhouses, known as the “Three Sis­ters”, that were built for the sis­ters of the re­li­gious com­mu­nity, which has its roots in Mo­ravia, a his­tor­i­cal re­gion in what is now the east of the Czech Repub­lic.

Al­though the prop­erty has been mod­ernised over the years, it re­tains its orig­i­nal range, bread oven, stone flagged floors and a well and trough in the util­ity room.

Since buy­ing the prop­erty seven years ago, Hazel has spent a small for­tune on en­hanc­ing, restor­ing and re­in­stat­ing pe­riod fea­tures while adding con­tem­po­rary ameni­ties.

The grade two listed, fourbed­room house has been re-roofed, re-plumbed and wired and, us­ing her ex­pe­ri­ence of self-build and ren­o­va­tion, she has cre­ated a stun­ning loft con­ver­sion with its own bath­room and as large hobby space/work room.

“It was a to­tal re­fur­bish­ment, which was fine ex­cept that I had never ren­o­vated an old prop­erty be­fore so I didn’t re­alise how much it would cost. I wanted ev­ery­thing to be re­stored prop­erly and so I didn’t spare the ex­pense and I’m pleased be­cause the house has a lot more char­ac­ter now,” she says.

The prop­erty now has an en­trance hall, two large re­cep­tion rooms, a liv­ing kitchen with bespoke units, stone flagged floors and a cast iron, solid fuel stove, a study/util­ity room boast­ing the orig­i­nal range and a cloak­room.

On the first floor, there are three bed­rooms an en-suite bath­room and a wet room.

The con­verted loft has a large hobby room and a sep­a­rate bed­room with bath­room. The house also has a vaulted cel­lar.

Out­side, there is a pri­vate court­yard, park­ing area, gar­dens and a garage.

Hazel, who thought the prop­erty would be her for­ever home, has since mar­ried and she and her hus­band have de­cided to down­size.

“I am get­ting older and I was sup­posed to be buy­ing a smaller house last time but I didn’t and I don’t re­gret it.,” she says. “I have loved liv­ing here and I have been very happy but now it re­ally is time to down­size.”

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