One of the most unusual homes in Huddersfield and the country has been bought.
And there was a queue of other potential buyers keen to get their hands on Underhill at Holme.
This 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 large swimming pool.
It went on the market for £700,000 and there was no shortage of people wanting to see inside.
Arthur, 82, said: “Of the first four people who came to see it three wanted to buy it and the first has got it.”
And he has even had interest from the USA from an architect called Chris Garrett.
Chris contacted the Examiner to say: “You posted a story about an amazing house built into a hill. I’m looking to build something of a similar nature out in Sonoma in California. However, it will be a larger collection of such structures to create a foundation for a sustainable eco-village where people will live and others will come for retreat. Perfect for a place like California!”
We passed his details on to Arthur who sent him lots of information about his home and also a contact for earth-sheltered homes in the UK.
The home has been sold through William Sykes and Son estate agents in Holmfirth and their photographs of the property were taken by www.propertyphotographs.co.uk .
Arthur 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, especially as it needs to have a dining room big enough for a grand piano.
Arthur sings with both Huddersfield Choral Society and Colne Valley Male Voice Choir.
Although underground, light floods into Underhill 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.
There’s also 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.