Home with ru­ral views that’s been fully made over to suit fam­ily life

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THIS LARGE de­tached home was built in 1991 but has al­ready had a ma­jor makeover thanks to own­ers Nigel and Chris­tine Cliffe.

The cou­ple bought the house ten years ago and were at­tracted by the semi-ru­ral lo­ca­tion and the square footage, which of­fered plenty of space for their four chil­dren.

One of the first jobs was to com­bine a se­ries of sep­a­rate rooms to cre­ate one large, open­plan liv­ing space, made cosy with a new and con­tem­po­rary wood­burn­ing stove.

To max­imise the amount of nat­u­ral light, they in­stalled bi­fold doors and a strik­ing glazed ex­ten­sion.

The ex­ten­sion, which now houses a din­ing ta­ble, was built by Clearview Doors to the cou­ple’s own de­sign.

“We love nat­u­ral light and wanted that link with the gar­den so we came up with the de­sign and Paul Ox­ley, the owner of Clearview made it and in­stalled it. We chose him be­cause he did an ex­ten­sion to our pre­vi­ous house 13 years ago,” says Nigel.

Chris­tine took the lead when it came to in­te­rior de­sign and ev­ery room has ben­e­fit­ted from new dé­cor.

The house, which is on a gen­er­ous plot over­look­ing the sur­round­ing coun­try­side has a full-height gal­leried en­trance hall. The open-plan liv­ing space with cook­ing, din­ing and seat­ing ar­eas. The kitchen fea­tures a cen­tral is­land and Lux­ore quartz work sur­faces. The ground floor also in­cludes the glazed ex­ten­sion, a util­ity room, sep­a­rate sit­ting room, a games room, study with views over the gar­dens and a cloak­room.

Up­stairs there is a lux­u­ri­ous main bed­room suite with a bed­room, dress­ing room and shower room, five fur­ther dou­ble bed­rooms, one with an en-suite shower room. There is a sep­a­rate house bath­room.

Out­side, the prop­erty has a pri­vate drive­way, which pro­vides park­ing for up to six cars and this leads to a de­tached dou­ble garage. There is a lawned area at the front and a gar­den to the rear with a pa­tio area, a seat­ing area per­fect for sum­mer en­ter­tain­ing. Ma­ture trees and shrubs sur­round the gar­den pro­vid­ing a good de­gree of pri­vacy and a safe chil­dren’s play en­vi­ron­ment.

Nigel and Chris­tine are now sell­ing to down­size.

“We will be sad to leave the house be­cause it’s been such a lovely fam­ily home but our chil­dren are grow­ing up and we don’t need such a big place any­more,” he says. “We are look­ing for a life­style change.”

For de­tails con­tact York­shire’s Finest, tel: 01422 824729, www. york­shires­finest.org

Holy­well Green vil­lage is about three miles from Hal­i­fax. It has a pub, a con­ve­nience store, a large park and a pri­mary school. The school is rated “good” by Of­sted.

We will be sad to leave be­cause it’s been such a lovely fam­ily home.

Nigel Cliffe

BIG AND BEAU­TI­FUL: Oakes Gar­dens has six dou­ble bed­rooms and a con­tem­po­rary, open-plan liv­ing space on the ground floor. A glazed ex­ten­sion houses the din­ing ta­ble and makes the most of the views onto the gar­den, which has a pa­tio area and seat­ing area and of­fers plenty of pri­vacy.

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