Built in the same year as The Titanic, this week’s Our House was once home to Slaithwaite’s village tailor.
The five-bedroom detached house at Crimble Bank sits high above Slaithwaite and has panoramic views across the whole area.
Current owner Heather Croft, who has lived at the property for 21 years with her husband Charles and their family, says: “Someone once told me a story about coming to see the village tailor at our house to be measured up for short trousers for school. We understand the tailor used to have his workshop in what is now our dining room.’’
Built in 1912, during the Art Nouveau period and in the same year as Colne Valley’s Titanic Mills, the house is a fine example of a stone detached property of that era which retains much character including original inner doors and front door, leaded windows, high ceilings, fireplace and coving.
It has been a much loved home to Heather and her family who are now planning to downsize to a smaller property at nearby Bolster Moor.
She said: “I want to stay in the Colne Valley. I’ve lived in this area for 30 years and just love it.’’
At the front the property sits high above Crimble Bank but to the rear has a level approach leading into a spacious rear garden which has a lawned area including a water feature and pond. Just across the road there is also a garage, parking area, allotment and summer house.
To the front there is a very pleasant south facing gravelled sitting area with views towards Meltham, Marsden and Linthwaite, along with a terraced garden.
Heather, who many people will recognise from the Slaithwaite Meals on Wheels service, started with the help of TV Hairy Bikers, said: “Several years ago we knocked through from the kitchen to the dining room to open out this space and also added a conservatory which looks out onto the back garden and towards Bolster Moor and Pole Moor.’’
The dining room has an original fireplace and the kitchen has free-standing units which can be moved around to suit individual tastes.
Downstairs, the property also has a spacious lounge area with large bay window along with a massive dry cellar which would make an ideal workshop and which is currently used as a utility area.
Upstairs on the first floor there are three good sized bedrooms with storage and a large bathroom with double shower and a storage cupboard.
More recently Charles and Heather opened up the loft area to create a further two double bedrooms and a bathroom with storage under the eaves. This is reached by a second full sized staircase which came from Pudsey Town Hall.
Heather said: “I wanted an older staircase that was in keeping with the age of the house. While Charles was out and about, he saw this staircase for sale in Pudsey so we snapped it up and fitted it in our house.’’
The house is close to Slaithwaite Railway Station so ideal for anyone commuting to Leeds or Manchester and is just a few minutes walk from the village centre.
This is a spacious family home which has much to commend it along with one of the best views in the Colne Valley.
The property is being marketed by Jane Stocks estate agents 01484 847700 for £299,950.