There’s no longer a doc­tor in the house but this is a per­fect home

Yorkshire Post - Property - - PROPERTY - Sharon Dale Wood­side House, Bor­ough­bridge Road, Knares­bor­ough. Price: £695,000 Con­tact: Dacre, Son and Hart­ley, tel: 01423 864126, www.dacres.co.uk

THIS fab­u­lous pe­riod prop­erty is on the mar­ket for the first time in al­most 100 years.

Orig­i­nally built as weavers cot­tages and then ex­tended to in­clude an im­pres­sive stone frontage in the Vic­to­rian era, the house ac­com­mo­dated two gen­er­a­tions of doc­tors who op­er­ated a GP surgery from the prop­erty un­til the 1970s.

Owner Richard Robin­son says: “My grand­fa­ther came to Knares­bor­ough from Ire­land in the 1920s and set up a prac­tice. He sub­se­quently bought Wood­side House and built the surgery onto it. My fa­ther took over the prac­tice, which op­er­ated as the town’s main surgery, un­til his re­tire­ment in the 1970s.

“I grew up there and peo­ple would come and sit in the wait­ing room and then be seen by my dad or his part­ner, Dr Lind­say. My mother was the re­cep­tion­ist, at least she took calls and de­cided whether the med­i­cal con­di­tion was se­ri­ous enough to call my fa­ther out.

“The prac­tice was moved to Bond end and since then the surgery has been used as both a bed­room and of­fice.”

Af­ter in­her­it­ing the house 10 years ago Richard has mod­ernised the in­te­rior while main­tain­ing the orig­i­nal char­ac­ter and Vic­to­rian fea­tures.

The house was stripped of its wood­chip wall­pa­per and treated to new bath­rooms. the orig­i­nal fire­places were opened up and re­stored and the sash win­dows were ren­o­vated.

An open plan kitchen and sit­ting room was cre­ated at the back of the house and be­spoke, hand-crafted units in­stalled, with re­claimed bricks adding char­ac­ter to the fire­place.

Es­tate agent Nick Al­cock, Dacre, Son and Hart­ley, Knares­bor­ough, says: “It is rare that so many orig­i­nal fea­tures have been re­tained to­gether with more re­cent, tra­di­tional and lux­ury fit­tings, all com­ple­ment­ing the orig­i­nal lay­out.

“Wood­side House is a truly splen­did fam­ily home that is beau­ti­fully ap­pointed in a se­cluded lo­ca­tion within the heart of Knares­bor­ough.”

The prop­erty has a re­cep­tion hall with orig­i­nal tiled floor, cloak­room, draw­ing room with cor­ner tur­ret and pan­elled walls, din­ing room, fam­ily room, break­fast kitchen, util­ity room and po­ten­tial an­nexe hous­ing a study/bed­room and a store room that could be turned into a bath­room.

Up­stairs, there is a mas­ter bed­room with dress­ing room, guest bed­room, two fur­ther bed­rooms with en-suites and a bath­room. Out­side, there are gar­dens to the front and rear.

Mr Robin­son says: “It’s been a priv­i­lege to have lived in such a spe­cial home that even in­cludes a cor­ner tur­ret, some­thing which fas­ci­nated me as a small child.

“Sell­ing the old place feels a lit­tle odd but both our chil­dren live in Los An­ge­les now and we want to spend more time with them.”

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