This 1920s prop­erty is the per­fect fam­ily home

Yorkshire Post - Property - - PROPERTY - Sharon Dale Alms­ford House, Ful­with Mill Lane, Har­ro­gate. Price: £1.8m. Con­tact: Mry­ings, tel: 01423 566400, www. myringses­

ALMS­FORD House is one of the most pres­ti­gious prop­er­ties in Har­ro­gate but for the own­ers its value is mea­sured in happy fam­ily mem­o­ries.

Stu­art and Joan Lit­tle­john bought the house 30 years ago and its size was a big at­trac­tion as the cou­ple have six chil­dren.

“We had re­lo­cated and were look­ing for a large house in an area with good schools and this was per­fect,” says Mrs Lit­tle­john.

“It’s also in a won­der­ful lo­ca­tion with coun­try­side at one end of the lane, where the chil­dren could play safely, and a road with a bus route into town at the other so they could have some in­de­pen­dence when they were older.”

Built in the 1920s, the house still has a host of pe­riod fea­tures, in­clud­ing leaded win­dows set in stone mul­lions, pe­riod fire­places and oak pan­elling.

Over the years, the Lit­tle­johns have mod­ernised the kitchen and bath­rooms and they re­cently cre­ated a new garage with games room above.

The prop­erty has an in­ner vestibule with cloak­room and guest WC, a large for­mal re­cep­tion hall that ex­tends to a spa­cious draw­ing room, which can be sep­a­rated by bi-fold­ing par­ti­tion­ing. Also branch­ing from the re­cep­tion hall is a for­mal din­ing room and kitchen, which leads through to the break­fast room and sep­a­rate util­ity.

There is also an ad­di­tional re­cep­tion room, which could be adapted as a chil­dren’s play­room or study.

On the first floor, there are five dou­ble bed­rooms, two bath­rooms and a walk-in linen cup­board. The master bed­room ex­tends to a large dress­ing room with bank of built-in wardrobes.

The sec­ond floor has a large open land­ing space, two dou­ble bed­rooms, a shower room, box room and at­tic stor­age. Out­side, there is a de­tached garage with work­shop, WC, and a games room above. The sweep­ing drive­way pro­vides park­ing and there are large gar­dens and a sun ter­race.

Al­though their chil­dren are now grown-up, the Lit­tle­johns have seven grand­chil­dren who love to visit their grand­par­ents’ home.

“They love it here, es­pe­cially the gar­den where they can climb trees and make dens,” says Mrs Lit­tle­john, who is sell­ing to down­size.

She adds: “We have been very happy here and it’s been a very happy home, which is why we have stayed so long, but it is time for us to move on.”

Alms­ford House in Har­ro­gate is a pres­tige prop­erty, but it’s also the per­fect fam­ily home, with large gar­dens to play in.


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