Yorkshire Post - Property
A fabulous farmhouse in Brontë country
Owd Ikes Farm, Oldfield, near Haworth Price: £650,000 www.dacres.co.uk
The power of a beautiful view in Brontë country cannot be underestimated, especially when it comes to buying a home, as
Peter and Bernadette Hobson discovered when they first set eyes on Owd Ikes Farm.
The property is set above
Scar Top Road, in Oldfield, near Haworth, and it has long-range views over Ponden Reservoir and the surrounding fields and moorland beyond.
“We loved the beautiful rustic features in the house but it needed a lot of work and so we were a little unsure about it. But when we viewed it and saw the amazing views we decided to put in an offer,” says Peter.
The couple bought the property five-and-a-half years ago and have spared no expense in turning it into a home that retains all its original character while boasting mod cons and a host of energy efficient features.
The four-bedroom, semidetached farmhouse, which dates to the 17th century, now has new plumbing, heating and electrics and a new roof.
Double glazed heritage windows from Keighley-based Marlin have been installed, along with bifolding doors, wall insulation, a new kitchen and bathrooms.
Keighley-based Rombalds builders were key in extending the property up to the roof line and relaid some of the stone flags inside the house after levelling the floor, which now has underfloor heating.
The farmhouse was set to be the Hobsons long-term home until they spotted a For Sale sign on a property in need of renovation on the other side of the valley.
“We learned so much doing this house we decided that it would be a waste if we didn’t use it. I think we’ve got one more project left in us,” says Peter.
“Buying it also means we can stay in this area, which we love. We lived in a town before but we could never go back. Here, we have Ponden Reservoir on the doorstep and the Bronte Waterfalls, the Bronte Way, Pennine Way and
Top Withens close by,” says Bernadette.
Owd Ikes Farmhouse is half an hour’s drive from Skipton and Airedale Hospital. The house has a hall, sitting room, lounge, farmhouse kitchen with dining area, a utility room, four bedrooms and two shower rooms.
Outside is a garage with a large workshop, ample parking and gardens front and rear. Nearby Stanbury has a village school and Haworth is 2.7 miles away.
We lived in a town before but we could never go back. Here we have Ponden Reservoir on the doorstep and the Brontë Way.