Mod­ern makeover for 1970s house and a new life for its his­toric folly

Yorkshire Post - Property - - PROPERTY - Sharon Dale

Wood Grove, Lin­ton Lane, Lin­ton, near Wetherby. Price: £1.395m. Con­tact: Bead­nall Copley, tel: 01947 580850, www.bead­nall­cop­ley. 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.

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