Hazel’s magnificent makeover creates a gorgeous Georgian home
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.”