Set­tle house with hid­den charms also of­fers the chance to self-build

Yorkshire Post - Property - - PROPERTY - Sharon Dale 1 Con­sti­tu­tion Hill, Set­tle. Price: House, £315,000 and build­ing plot £115,000. Contact: JR Hop­per, tel: 01729 825311.

MANY of those who live in Set­tle have failed to spot this prop­erty’s hid­den charms, though they were quite ap­par­ent to Sarah and Giles Spencer, who bought the house in 1930.

It was half of the town’s for­mer vicarage and its spa­cious in­te­rior ap­pealed to the cou­ple who were trad­ing up af­ter liv­ing above their fa­mous cafe and bak­ery Ye Olde Naked Man.

But what re­ally sold it to them was the se­cluded yard, out­build­ings and land at the rear, which is barely vis­i­ble to passers-by.

The cou­ple con­verted one of the build­ings into a bake­house, where Mr Spencer made pies, cakes and bread be­fore car­ry­ing them to the nearby cafe in wooden crates. Dur­ing the war he even made ice-cream “out back”, brand­ing his side­line as Spencer’s North­ern Dairies.

Their daugh­ter Joan and her hus­band Jack Hem­ing­way later took over the busi­ness and the house and, af­ter shift­ing the bak­ing op­er­a­tion, they con­verted the bake­house into a sta­ble.

Jack adored horses and livestock and at one point even had a race­horse on the land, which is tucked away just off the mar­ket square.

“He was quite a char­ac­ter and he loved horses and go­ing to the races. He also kept sheep, goats and hens over the years,” says his daugh­ter, Sue Jar­rom, who grew up at 1 Con­sti­tu­tion Hill.

“It’s a sur­pris­ingly big plot at the back and it’s very peace­ful and pri­vate con­sid­er­ing it is bang in the cen­tre of Set­tle.”

The land is now for sale as a build­ing plot with plan­ning per­mis­sion for a three-bed­room home to be built with stone from the out­build­ings, and the grade two listed house is on the mar­ket for £315,000

“My par­ents have passed away and that’s why we are sell­ing but it is a wrench as it has been in the fam­ily for all those years and I have very happy mem­o­ries of it.”

The house is grade two listed with pe­riod fea­tures in­clud­ing mul­lion win­dows, orig­i­nal fire­places and ex­posed beams.

On the ground floor, there are two bright, front re­cep­tion room, a kitchen to the rear and two large cel­lar rooms. The cel­lar rooms have been used for stor­age in the past but could be con­verted into fur­ther liv­ing ac­com­mo­da­tion if re­quired. Up­stairs, there are three large dou­ble bed­rooms and a house bath­room. The prop­erty needs some mod­erni­sa­tion, in­clud­ing up­grades to the kitchen and bath­room, cen­tral heat­ing and re-decoration through out.

Out­side to the front, there is a small cottage-style pa­tio gar­den en­closed by iron rail­ings. The rear gar­den is yet to be land­scaped but of­fers a large walled gar­den and pa­tio area with a fea­ture well that was re­cently un­cov­ered. There is am­ple park­ing to the rear with ve­hi­cle ac­cess from the side.

“Ide­ally who­ever buys the house might want the plot, which they could build on or keep as a large gar­den,” says Sue.

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