Re­gency splen­dour in a prop­erty that pro­vides the per­fect es­cape

Yorkshire Post - Property - - PROPERTY - Sharon Dale North­gate House, Hon­ley, near Hud­der­s­field. Price: £2.1m. Contact: DHP Croft, tel: 0113 245 1229, www.dh­pcroft.

WHEN a 15-year-old Richard Mar­shall moved to a crum­bling coun­try house with his par­ents in the 1970s, he never dreamt that one day he’d buy the prop­erty from them.

“I moved there in the early 1970s when it needed a ma­jor re­fur­bish­ment. My par­ents did a huge amount of work and made it struc­turally sound and it was their home for 20 years,” says Richard, who is manag­ing part­ner at law firm Lup­ton Fawcett.

“They de­cided to sell be­cause they wanted to build their own home. I’d al­ways loved the house and I had a grow­ing fam­ily so I bought it.”

He and wife Al­li­son have put their own stamp on the grade two listed Re­gency prop­erty, up­dat­ing the bath­rooms and re­dec­o­rat­ing throughout.

The cou­ple, who have three chil­dren, have also spent a small for­tune on land­scap­ing the grounds.

“It was swamped with rhod­e­den­dron bushes and lau­rels and so we have spent a mas­sive amount of money re­plac­ing them with beau­ti­ful spec­i­men trees.

“We wanted to im­prove the look and make the gar­dens eas­ier to main­tain,” says Richard.

Sweep­ing lawns and wood­land sur­round North­gate House, which was built in the neo­clas­si­cal style of the Re­gency pe­riod. It was con­structed in 1812 for Wil­liam Brook, a phil­an­thropic wool mag­nate.

A mar­ble tablet de­pict­ing the source of his wealth can still be found over the draw­ing room fire­place. It is just one of a host of pe­riod fea­tures, in­clud­ing a columned por­tico, cur­va­ceous arches, moulded al­coves and a glass dome that al­lows nat­u­ral to cas­cade down the stair­case and into the hall.

The hall leads to a morn­ing room, draw­ing room, din­ing room, study, break­fast kitchen, play­room, util­ity room, pantry, cloak­room and ex­ten­sive cel­lars.

Up­stairs, there is a gal­leried land­ing, mas­ter bed­room suite, a guest bed­room suite, six more bed­rooms, three bath­rooms and a large sec­ond floor li­brary. Out­side, there is park­ing, garag­ing, for­mer sta­bles and stores.

The grounds in­clude lawns, a walled gar­den, a ter­race and spec­i­men trees, in­clud­ing a mag­nif­i­cent cop­per beech and holly.

Richard and Al­li­son are sell­ing af­ter buy­ing a home in the south west of Ire­land.

“We bought a prop­erty in Kerry five years ago and the fam­ily is spend­ing much more time there. When the chil­dren come home from school in the hol­i­days that’s where we go and they re­gard that as their main home. I live here as it’s close to work and I am fully com­mit­ted to Lup­ton Fawcett but it’s far too big for me. It re­ally needs a fam­ily to fill it, which is why I am sell­ing to down­size.

“Sell­ing is a wrench. When you drive through the gates it’s like an­other world. It’s a won­der­fully pri­vate place.”

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