Modern makeover for 1970s house and a new life for its historic folly
Wood Grove, Linton Lane, Linton, near Wetherby. Price: £1.395m. Contact: Beadnall Copley, tel: 01947 580850, www.beadnallcopley. co.uk THEY say the 1970s were the decade that style forgot and Wood Grove, which was built in that era, certainly looked outmoded when Andy and Lisa Mee first saw it.
“It wasn’t the prettiest of houses and it was very much of its time, but it was in a fantastic spot and I’d always wanted to live on Linton Lane,” says Lisa.
The couple bought the property ten years ago and have since turned it into a 21st century-style home with contemporary interiors.
“We have always bought properties we could develop and it was obvious that we could extend this and change the look of it. The interior also needed updating so we took it right back to a shell,” says Lisa.
They extended the house over the garage to make a large master bedroom with an en-suite and a dressing room. At the back of the house they built out to make a utility/cloakroom, which doubles as a “messy” playroom where the children can paint. It also features a large raft of cupboards for coats and shoes.
At the front of the property, a foot was added onto the dining room and a new feature door and porch installed.
The interior space was reconfigured to make a large living kitchen, while upstairs, all the bedrooms have en-suites. Lisa also planned in a laundry room on the first floor.
The house now has a reception hall, drawing room, dining room, study, 37ft living kitchen, a utility room and two cloakrooms. Upstairs, there is a master bedroom with dressing room and bathroom, plus four further double bedrooms with en-suites.
Outside, the garden has been landscaped and an 18th century folly in the grounds has been given new life as a garden room/ gym complete with underfloor heating.
Originally a summer house for a country pile in North Ferriby, the
It wasn’t the prettiest of houses and it was very much of its time, but it was in a fantastic spot.
folly was dismantled and re-built on its current site in 1932, when the land belonged to the Manor House in Linton. The building is grade two listed, but could be turned into a home office.
The property also has a double garage and parking.
Andy and Lisa are selling to buy a house with more land for horses.
“It’s a lovely family house and I love living on Linton Lane, but we really want more land so we can have horses,” says Lisa.
Linton is one of the most sought-after villages in the golden triangle. It is 1.5 miles from the market town of Wetherby and two miles from the A1M. It was popular with Leeds United players when the club was in the Premier League. Many of them spent vast sums buying and revamping homes there. The village has a pub/restaurant and is home to Wetherby Golf Club. Wood Hall Hotel and Spa sits on the outskirts.