It’s one of the most amazing homes in the country ... and it’s here in Huddersfield.
Underhill at Holme is a unique house built by well-known retired architect Arthur Quarmby where the family his lived for 41 years.
It has the most spectacular views over the Holme Valley – but most of it is underground and is designed around a spectacular swimming pool.
It’s now for sale for £700,000 – but to put that in context two-bedroom flats in London sell for more than £600,000.
Arthur, 82, said: “We moved into the house in 1975 and have lived in it with great delight ever since.”
He and wife Jean are now looking to downsize and want a two-bedroomed home ‘with character’ in the Holme Valley but can’t find anything suitable.
“It needs to have a fair-sized dining room, big enough for our grand piano,” said Arthur who sings with both Huddersfield Choral Society and Colne Valley Male Voice Choir. “But no-one seems to be building two-bedroomed houses any more.”
Arthur always had an eye for unusual architecture and was president of the British Earth Sheltering Association which was interested in the concept of building into the earth. He has given talks worldwide on the subject.
He admits her and Jean don’t use the swimming pool these days but quickly heats it up when the family are coming to visit.
They have two children, Jonathan and Rachel, and four grandchildren.
Although underground, light floods into the house from a roof light above and 20ft sliding windows at the front.
The four-bedroomed house has a suite of rooms for two children and a suite of rooms for the owners together with additional dining area, breakfast kitchen, utility, music room, guest bedroom and shower room.
Oh, and there’s a stone vaulted cave with peat fire.
The main family recreation area is 50ft by 40ft and features a swimming pool along with various lounge and seating areas. The main seating area has 20 wide sliding patio doors leading to the terrace which has brilliant views of the rolling hills of the Upper Holme Valley and Peak District. The room features exposed natural stone arches spanning the swimming pool.
Just off it is a music room which overlooks the family recreation area and has 12 sliding doors to create a separate room or lounge.
The grounds cover just under one acre featuring large beautifully landscaped gardens including an enclosed paddock together with detached double garage that includes a workshop/boiler room and extensive parking area.
The views look across the moors to Riding Wood Reservoir near Holme.
Whoever buys the house will have rights to dig peat locally.
Arthur holds the ancient title Constable of the Graveship of Holme.
The role, which dates back to before the Norman Conquest, allows him to allocate peat digging rights in the seven townships of the Graveship; Austonley, Upperthong, Holme, Cartworth, Hepworth, Wooldale and Fulstone.