White House sheds light on art and craft of de­sign­ing a beau­ti­ful home

Yorkshire Post - Property - - PROPERTY - Sharon Dale The White House, Leeds Road, Li­versedge. Price: £500,000. Con­tact: Si­mon Blyth, tel. 01484 651878 www. si­mon­blyth.co.uk

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.

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