With a panoramic view, this week’s Our House is a hidden gem, tucked away from the hustle and bustle in the quiet village of Scapegoat Hill.
Owners Neil and Margaret Haigh, who are a planning a move to Warwickshire, say they always feel as if their detached house is on top of the world when they look at the magnificent south-facing view, which takes in all local landmarks and a large section of the Colne Valley.
Having lived at the house, off High Street, for 10 years, the couple are now looking for a new property in Kenilworth to be nearer one of their sons and grandchildren.
They say the view is one of the main things they will miss about their Huddersfield home, which dates back to 1850 and was originally two cottages.
Margaret said: “When we moved in here, there was so much to do to renovate the house and get it as we wanted it. We did quite a lot of major work including re-plastering, a new staircase, opening up fireplaces, fitting a new kitchen, creating a drive outside and we also added a conservatory at the front to take advantage of the view.’’
In all, it took the couple two years to renovate the house to their standard, both inside and out. Now it is a really lovely Colne Valley home and a credit to Neil and Margaret’s hard work.
The house is situated down a quiet lane off High Street and sits high on the hillside above Golcar. At the back there is a long pebbled driveway, which can provide parking for several cars and easily maintained gardens with lawns and flowerbeds on three sides.
Inside, the house has an entrance vestibule leading into the conservatory, which has solid chestnut flooring and French glazed doors, and a lounge and dining/sitting room.
The attractive lounge has coving, a window seat and an Inglenook fireplace. Two windows take full advantage of the view and flood the room with natural light.
Moving into the dining room, which is also used as a sitting room, there is wooden flooring and an Inglenook fireplace with original built-in pine cupboards, which add character to the property.
At the end of the house is a modern kitchen fitted into a quirky shape due to the age of the building. Fitted with a range of units and appliances, it has a window at the end to once again take full advantage of the view.
Upstairs it’s easy to see how this property was once two cottages as there are steps at the top of the staircase leading to each of the two double bedrooms. The guest bedroom has plenty of storage and the master bedroom has three windows, meaning it is a very light and airy room with a fabulous outlook.
A large house bathroom completes the upstairs section of the house and has been fitted with a four-piece contemporary suite and separate shower cubicle.
All the decor throughout the house has been painted with Farrow & Ball shades, which include a green `heritage style’ colour in the conservatory.
Margaret said: “We have loved living here and will really miss the house, especially the view which is just stunning.’’
This property is a charming house, full of character and with one of the best views in the area.
The property is being marketed by Boultons estate agents 01484 515029.