Favourite son’s gift keeps on giv­ing to new own­ers

Yorkshire Post - Property - - PROPERTY -

Ar­den Croft, Queens Drive, Ilk­ley Price: £895,000 Con­tact: Dacre, Son and Hart­ley, Ilk­ley. Tel: 01943 600655, www.dacres.co.uk A FA­THER’S favouritism is re­flected in the ar­chi­tec­ture at Ar­den Croft.

The Brad­ford mill owner had the prop­erty built in 1897 for his beloved son and no ex­pense was spared in the de­sign, de­tail and dé­cor.

It was, and still is, el­e­gant and packed with beau­ti­ful fea­tures from the gal­leried re­cep­tion hall and or­nate fire­places to the glass atrium that floods the cen­tre of the house with light.

The prop­erty next door, which he cre­ated for his daugh­ter, is smaller, less grand and a de­lib­er­ate snub to his son-in-law.

Ar­den Croft’s present owner, Peter Paneli, says: “Ap­par­ently, he loathed his son-in-law and so while his son’s house faced his own home, Thorpe Hall, his daugh­ter’s faced away from it and was smaller.”

Mr Paneli bought the house 14 years ago to ac­com­mo­date his young fam­ily.

“We lived close by but needed some­where big­ger.

“As soon as I saw this house I fell in love with it.

“What struck me im­me­di­ately were the view down the val­ley, the door and hall and it turned out to be a great house for chil­dren.”

With six bed­rooms, a se­cret door and a beau­ti­ful stair­case that the Panelis nick­named “the Von Trapp stair­case”, to­gether with a lo­ca­tion close to the moor, it served his fam­ily well.

“I’m only sell­ing be­cause the chil­dren have grown up. It’s a fam­ily home and it needs a fam­ily.”

Al­though Mr Paneli has up­dated and mod­ernised the stun­ning prop­erty, much of it looks as it did when it was first built.

“No-one has messed about with it. There have been no ex­ten­sions and ad­di­tions and none of the fea­tures has been taken away.

“I think that’s re­ally im­por­tant and it means that the house re­tains its in­tegrity,” he says.

The house has a re­cep­tion hall, cloak­room, liv­ing room, din­ing room, fam­ily room, break­fast room, kitchen, util­ity room, two store rooms and a wine cel­lar.

On the first floor there is a gal­leried land­ing, mas­ter bed­room with en-suite, three fur­ther bed­rooms and a house bath­room.

On the sec­ond floor there are two more bed­rooms and an at­tic room.

Out­side there is a dou­ble garage and gar­den.

“I adore this house,” says Mr Paneli. “I shall be heart­bro­ken to leave.”

El­e­gant Ar­den Croft in Ilk­ley re­tains its orig­i­nal fea­tures.


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