It is  easy to feel a bit like Mary Poppins on the drive to this week’s Our House, located in one of Holmfirth’s traditional narrow winding lanes.

Just like Mary Poppins looked over the rooftops of London, this house, Hey Mount in Back Lane, looks over the rooftops of Holmfirth and far beyond. It initially feels quite strange to be level with the clock face of Holmfirth parish church, easily visible through the trees.

Situated in Back Lane, it is also quite close to where the famous Bamforth postcard producers had their premises in Station Road. In fact this week’s Our House is the former home of one of the Bamforth family and can be clearly seen in the background to some of the Bamforth postcards of 1909.

On foot the house can be accessed in minutes from Holmfirth centre via steps and Bunkers Hill at the side of the church.

This Edwardian home sits high on the hillside overlooking the town centre and today belongs to Duncan and Clare Druce, who want to relocate to a smaller home in nearby Honley. Many local people will know Clare for her campaign over many years to highlight the appalling way hens were treated in UK battery farms. She has recently launched a new book, Chickens’ Lib, which tells how four women changed the law on battery farmed chickens in the UK, beginning in 1973.

Duncan said: “As far as we know this house belonged to Jane Sandford, one of the daughters of the Bamforth family. Apparently she was connected with the film side of the Bamforth operation.’’

The house can be seen in the background of one of Bamforth’s postcards.

 

Duncan said the stone detached property was built in the early 1900s and still retains much charm, character and elegant period features. To the rear is an acre of woodland  and an enclosed formal low-maintenance garden.

Inside, there are many original features including picture rails, coving, ceiling rose, an original front door with stained glass and even some Lincrustra wallpaper which gives the house a timeless elegance, and a grand staircase. There is also a small period fireplace in the master bedroom and the original butler’s bells on the approach to the kitchen.

On the ground-floor there is an entrance porch, a generous hall with oak balustrade staircase and decorative plasterwork on the walls and ceiling. It also benefits from  a large sitting room, dining room, utility/lavatory, recently fitted new kitchen and a conservatory with views over the garden.

Upstairs there are four bedrooms including the master with a dressing room and en-suite bathroom. One of the bedrooms has the feel of a look-out tower and has stunning views across the Holme Valley.

The family bathroom also has an electric shower and built-in cupboards.

Outside there is a well-stocked garden with hedged and fenced boundaries, a detached double garage and parking for two cars.

This is an elegant house with an Edwardian feel and with a Tudor-

inspired exterior, which is a great family home, close to the amenities of Holmfirth yet away from the town centre on the hillside with views over the area.

Clare said: “This house is really convenient for the town centre and you can be in Holmfirth in just a few minutes. It is really close to the local shops, facilities and schools.’’

The property is being marketed by W H Brown 01484 687818.

PRICE: £339,950