White House sheds light on art and craft of designing a beautiful home
THE strikingly original entrance to this 1930 home points to a property where the architect has been given free rein.
The curved canopy and the stained glass window above were created by architect William Fairfax Cave, who designed the house for himself. Inspired by the Arts and Crafts movement and the Art Deco era, he spared no expense on giving Liversedge an architectural gem on a prime site.
Lynne Drake, who bought the house in 1998, says: “We moved up here from Southampton and it’s not the sort of house we were looking for. We had a traditional, Yorkshire stone property in mind, but when we walked into this, we were won over by the sense of light and space.
“It has a wonderful array of big windows at the back that bring in light from the south and south west and it is a unique property that mixes Art Deco with Arts and Crafts. The frontage is Deco but the panelling and Delft rack in the sitting room are Arts and Crafts.”
Sat in a third of an acre towards the top of a private road, the house has a vestibule with cloaks cupboard, a main hallway with a return staircase and views of the stained glass window, which has a sunburst design.
The ground floor also has a ventilated pantry, cloakroom, office, study, dining room, large dining kitchen, plus a living room with original oak panelling and doors that lead into a garden room. The latter has folding doors leading onto the garden.
The first floor has a threequarter landing with access to four large bedrooms, a bathroom and separate toilet. One of the bedrooms has loft access with retractable aluminium steps leading to a boarded and panellined attic space.
Outside, there is a driveway which leads across the front of the house and a secure parking area to the side that leads to a detached garage.
Lynne’s late husband, Jonathan, was a keen gardener and the gardens reflect his love of horticulture. It includes an orchard with apple trees, pear trees, damsons, soft fruit bushes and rhubarb and there is a greenhouse with power, light and attached cold frame and a garden shed.
Lynne is selling to downsize and says: “It’s a family-sized house and it would be lovely to find a family to buy it. It’s a great house for children and the gardens make it feel like an oasis. I will miss it when I go because it is a one-off and it is in such a wonderful spot.”
Liversedge is in Kirklees and lies between Cleckheaton and Heckmondwike. It is popular thanks to its transport links and proximity to the M62.
Kirklees is becoming popular with buyers from outside the area thanks to its stunning countryside and wealth of interesting properties, It has easy access to the motorway network and is close to both Leeds and Manchester.