Yorkshire Post - Property

Beautiful Barnsley and views to die for


This weekend we take a long look at Barnsley and its surroundin­g villages.

It is a first-time buyer hotspot thanks to being the most affordable place to buy a home in Yorkshire. You can find a decent semi-detached home from £120,000 to £140,000 that will see you right for all stages of your life, with no need to move, unless you have to.

While inexpensiv­e properties for first-time buyers are something to cheer about, don’t mistake cheap for poor. Barnsley also has a wealth of amenities, great transport links (both road and rail) and it has its fair share of fabulous homes and chocolate box villages.

Perhaps best of all are the people – down-to-earth and friendly with a good sense of humour.

Away from the beautiful south of the region, we also head west and showcase a fantastic barn conversion in an amazing setting in the hamlet of Mankinhole­s, which is up in the hills, between Todmorden and Hebden Bridge.

The views from the property, which offers walks, cycling and fell running from the doorstep, are magnificen­t. The owner is struggling to tear himself away and it’s easy to see why.

The story above reveals good news on the mortgage front. A new lender, Generation Home, has entered the market and aims to make it easier for relatives and friends to help first-time buyers.

It was born from the founders’ own difficulty in getting on the property ladder.

Sharon Dale, Property editor

Email: sharon.dale @ypn.co.uk

Twitter: @propertywo­rds

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