Situated high above Halifax Old Road, Birkby, overlooking the Grimescar valley, is this detached former textile merchant’s house dating back to 1889.
Full of character and original features, the property is a former guest house but has been owned by Elizabeth Lawrence for the last 13 years.
Now Elizabeth and her family are hopefully on the move to a smaller property, still in the Huddersfield area.
She said: “Because this house is laid out over four floors, it’s not ideal for my elderly mother who also lives here. We need something more suitable for an elderly person so are downsizing but want to stay in the same local area.’’
Elizabeth understands the house was formerly known as The Hollies guest house and offered several rooms of accommodation.
Today it offers six-bedroomed accommodation spread over the first-floor and attic. There is also the potential to create more accommodation and planning permission has been granted to replace the existing single garage with a double garage and off-road parking.
“Because it is a Victorian house, we have tried to keep as much as the style as possible as well as original features including cast iron fireplaces, ceiling cornice, original floorboards, deep skirtingboards, original inner doors etc. We decorated with William Morris wallpaper to keep the Victorian feel and re-did the bathroom in a Victorian style with cast iron roll-top bath,’’ said Elizabeth.
Enter the house on the ground-floor and you’ll find a grand hallway with a period style radiator, dado rail, ceiling cornice and a staircase leading to the first-floor. Also on this floor is the living room, which would originally have been the formal drawing room – today it has an open cast-iron fire with a tiled hearth and timber surround, exposed floorboards, picture rail and a large sash window offering views over the Grimescar valley.
Another large room is the reception room, used for formal dining, which is again full of original features. A third room is versatile and could be used as a snug, study, office, games room or TV room.
Go downstairs to the lower ground-floor and you will find a large dining kitchen fitted with Shaker style units, a range cooker and integrated appliances. This room has a stone flagged floor and an Inglenook stone fireplace. Also on this level is a number of other rooms including a sitting room, which is currently set up as a cinema room, a utility area, cloakroom/lavatory and a more recently added conservatory, which currently houses gym equipment.
On the first-floor of this house are three bedrooms and the house bathroom, which is fitted with a traditional white suite in keeping with the style of the house. The master bedroom at the front of the property is very spacious and offers far-reaching views over the local area. Two of the bedrooms have feature fireplaces.
It is the second-floor of this property which offers the most scope and potential for any further development. At the moment the space has several bedrooms which were originally used when the property was a guest house.
Elizabeth said: “We understand that the house originally belonged to a textile merchant and was called Colwyn but we don’t know any more. It has been a lovely house to live in but our family needs are now different. There are quite a few similar old Victorian houses in Halifax Old Road and ours really has some lovely original features.’’
Outside, the house has gardens to all four sides, which include a lawned area, pebble seating area at the side and an enclosed lower-level courtyard. It is ideally situated for easy access into Huddersfield town centre and local amenities.
This is home is full of character and seemingly endless accommodation, which is ideal for anyone with a large family.
The property is being marketed by Reeds Rains estate agents 01484 517822.