Film enthusiasts have the opportunity to own Binns Wood, the home of pioneering Holme Valley film maker James Bamforth, of Holmfirth.

Bamforth was one of the country’s most successful film makers when the industry was in its infancy and Holmfirth was England’s equivalent to Hollywood.

His former home on Binns Lane, Holmfirth, was built in 1905 and was featured in a BBC Four TV documentary about Holmfirth’s place in film making history entitled ‘Holmfirth Hollywood’. Today the house, which sits in 10 acres of garden and woodland, is the much-loved home of the Celensu family, who are relocating to the other side of Kirklees.

Suzanne Celensu said: “I understand that in the late 1800s James Bamforth was a real pioneer in the world of film making. When my parents bought the house they uncovered some fabulous Disney-style paintings, shown inset, in what is now the bathroom.

“These animal scenes are very Disney-like and could be mistaken for some of the famous characters. We made them into a feature of the room and they’re a real talking point. We think these could be original Bamforth drawings on the walls which is a real piece of history.’’

Many of the original features remain in this grand property, which sits above Holmfirth and has great views across the Holme Valley.

Features include original coving and ceiling roses, timber panelling, window seats, the servants’ back stairs, decorative fireplaces and even the old servants’ bells.

Access to the house is via a long driveway off Holmfirth’s prestigious Binns Lane, which leads to a large parking area and pillared entrance.

Downstairs the house has an entrance hall leading into a snug, dining room, large drawing room and spacious Miele fitted kitchen, with island and utility room. This leads through into a garage, store room and workshop.

From the ground-floor, a stone staircase and corridor leads underneath the property to a modern leisure complex featuring a large swimming pool, jacuzzi, shower, changing rooms and space for a gymnasium.

Suzanne said: “When my sister and I were younger, we were always in the swimming pool.

“It’s a great space and there is also room to develop the lower ground-floor further.’’

Upstairs the property has five bedrooms including the master suite, with a balcony overlooking the garden and views of Holmfirth.

The house also has the flexibility and potential to be made into separate suites, ideal for a teenager or granny annexe.

All the rooms in this property are spacious and have original features.

The Celensu family bought the distinguished property in 1984 and say they feel very privileged to have lived in the house, which has had an important role in Holmfirth history.

Binns Wood is in a first-class setting and the house is also one of Holmfirth’s most eminent addresses.

With its original features and charm, it is a fine example of an early 20th century home.

The property is being marketed by Yorkshire’s Finest 01484 689880.


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