Home owner Steven Robertson embarked on a voyage of discovery as he set about renovating one of Golcar’s oldest properties.
Now fully refurbished, the property opposite Colne Valley Museum is on the market, as Steven and partner Tanya Collinson are planning a move to Harrogate.
Together they fancy owning a bit of land so they can keep animals and live the good life in the style of the in the much-loved 1970s BBC sitcom.
Their current home at Cliffe Ash is a typical Golcar stone property, situated on a cobbled hillside just on the edge of the village in the shadow of St John’s Church and with far reaching views over the Colne Valley. As a Grade 11 listed property in a conservation area, it has many period features and is a real gem of a property.
Stepping inside, it is a large family home, the sort of place a visitor could get lost in. Ideally it needs to be used by a large family or even, with its six potential bedrooms, converted into a local guest house.
Steven said: “I understand that the original part of the property was built in 1795 and the rest about 10 years later. It is a Georgian property and was originally two houses which were knocked through into one. The property even includes a very old stained glass window, and at one time had its own chapel for the original family.’’
Downstairs there is the old butler’s bells system, a flashback to the days of ‘upstairs downstairs’.
Since moving in Steven has completely refurbished the house and kept many of the original features including coving, fireplace and picture rails. He has furnished the original drawing room so it remains in keeping with the period style.
“It literally was a voyage of discovery as I worked my way through the building. Many of the old features had been covered up so it was wonderful to bring them back to life,’’ said Steven.
Today the house has several bedrooms, two en-suites and a main bathroom, two dressing rooms, a kitchen diner with useful utility room next door, a drawing room, an original conservatory with views over the valley, a study and family room along with a useful mezzanine level.
One of the bedrooms is currently set up as a guest suite with dressing room and shower room.
Steven, who is a director of an American telecom company, said: “This is a very unique property and I understand the house was originally owned by a mill owner. Our move to Harrogate will give us a totally different lifestyle.’’
This unique property, which is a slice of Golcar history, is close to all village amenities and has easy access to the M62 for anyone who needs to commute. Despite being on a sloping hillside, the house has garden to the rear and a driveway accommodating two or three cars.
Underneath the house are a number of cellars, which can provide additional storage and offer potential for further development.
This is a real gem of a property which offers true family-sized accommodation as well as a slice of Colne Valley history.
The property is being marketed by Ryder & Dutton 01484 411060.