A picture-perfect property awaits in Darrington.
This five-bedroom detached family home spanning across three floors has managed not only to achieve a stylish and contemporary aesthetic but also offers traditional touches throughout. Built lovingly almost 30 years ago by the current owners, it offers intrigue and an idealistic modern lifestyle for a family seeking plenty of space and luxury in equal measure.
Fantastic First Impressions
Located off from Darrington’s thriving village high street, you’re peacefully central with this property.
In fact, the village church is within view of your home, yet you’ll have outdoor space and views as well as convenience.
Featuring many quirks and unique reclaimed local pieces with a story to tell, it’s testament to the current owners’ style and the lengths they have gone to creating their dream family home over the years.
The first of those greets you immediately as you arrive and glance up the quaint, cobbled driveway to a magnificent double door which originally belonged to a church.
This combined with a traditional Yorkshire stone exterior sets the tone for a property punctuated with traditional charm.
Step through the antique door and into the porch. Practical in size, perfect to store the coats and shoes when returning home without encroaching into the main hall. The Yorkshire stone floor you’re greeted with continues into the hallway which is the perfect entrance.
Grand in size and incredibly light and airy with the gallery staircase ahead, it’s an ideal place for a piece of statement furniture or art on the walls to complete a breathtaking first impression.
Home Within A Home
Before you climb the stunning bespoke staircase, you must appreciate the practical set up on offer across the rest of the lower ground floor.
In addition to the integrated double garage which has been partially converted into a home workshop, this space is also used for additional accommodation, accessed from the hallway.
It’s designed to be like having a studio flat or an annexe within the perimeter of the main house, which is ideal for private guest quarters or for the wider family to relax and live independently. Comprising a large double bedroom with a beautiful en-suite and a separate open plan kitchen family room, it’s a brilliant blank canvas to move straight into.
Head upstairs to the upper ground floor and you’re now on the same level as the rear garden.
Accessed from the gallery landing is the stylish kitchen fitted less than three years ago. Chic, bright and spacious much like the rest of the house, it’s modern and elegant but punctuated with characterful additions such as the reclaimed beams above the stove. A large, Corian-topped island is perfect for dining and the fresh grey, shaker-style cupboards combined with white metro tiles result in a timeless look. Cleverly designed with no wasted space, you’ll find a built-in microwave, ample wine storage and a full-length, pull-out larder cupboard. Size matters in terms of appliances, and the oversized American fridge-freezer plus a double oven and stove won’t disappoint. You’re blessed with plenty of space in here but you also have the large pantry and utility room which is designed to the same high specification as the kitchen itself.
The same design continues throughout, featuring a Belfast sink, space for a washing machine as well as a downstairs WC and door leading out to the rear garden.
Reclaimed And Relaxed
Just next door is an equally stylish, dual-aspect lounge and dining room spanning more than 10 metres in total length.
The stunning features in this room were sourced from a reclamation yard over in Guiseley including the slim wooden flooring from a school stamped as 1896 Canadian maple, the oak ceiling beams and stone fireplace which holds an impressive multi-fuel log burner.
The white column radiators add depth and class to this beautiful space, not forgetting the most recent addition of the crittall-style doors which allow the natural light from the conservatory to flood in, with a view of the garden beyond.
Bring the outside in
With a south-facing garden, the position of the conservatory is pure perfection. Powerful heating in here makes this a great space to relax and host all-year round, not just in the summer. The crackle effect travertine floor tiles complete the modernity of the living space. This room really is a highlight and once you’re in here, you’ll understand why the current owners worked so hard to achieve special planning permission to build this as an extension to the home on green-belt land.
Along the hallway is the home office, entered via the door surrounded by the library wall on the landing. With ample built-in desk space and an extra bookshelf, this room boasts great practicality for working at home and has the same pleasant view to the front as the lounge, including views over the village church.
To complete the main central floor you’ll find the boutique-style master bedroom. The bedroom is warm, yet minimalistic with a calm aesthetic.
Fuss-free sliding fitted wardrobes sit along one wall to conceal any clutter and the en-suite could be straight out of an interiors magazine. Neutral and classy with marbled tiles from floor to ceiling, concealed cistern toilet, basin with vanity unit, free-standing, roll-top bath and a double shower enclosure complete this tranquil haven.
Into The Eaves
Take the stairs up another level and before continuing, you must admire the view back down to the front door from the top.
This floor has three large bedrooms built into the apex of the roof and a modern family bathroom which is finished to a similar spec as the master en-suite.
As you’d expect and in keeping with the rest of the home, it’s fully tiled with a contemporary finish, featuring both a double shower enclosure and a floating bath tub to sink into at the end of a long day.
The largest bedroom on this floor is dual aspect and offers great potential for the next owners.
It is currently used as a storage room and therefore is a blank canvas to create a bedroom to rival the master below, a playroom or even another vast social space. This really does offer endless options for additional practicality.
The two similarly sized double bedrooms with a rear aspect boast the same wooden flooring as the lounge and will both hold a king-sized bed if you wish as well as decent wardrobes for the children as they grow up and need the space.
Fun For All The Family
You’ve seen what the inside of this brilliant family home has to offer, but what about outside?
Size is again not in short supply with the garden stretching more than half an acre in total. Directly out of the back of the house are two distinct areas.
The first is a beautiful and stylish Indian stone patio which comes to life every summer for al fresco dining and BBQs. The second is the well-maintained area of the garden directly out from the conservatory.
Rustic railway sleepers are used to great effect to create planters and a surrounding Yorkshire stone wall creates a border around the raised plant beds. It’s a perfect space for green-fingered folk, yet easily maintainable.
The stone steps up from here lead onto the vast lawn which stretches to the end of the plot and has been the place where the friends have socialised and grandkids have played football all through the years. A marvellous addition to an already impressive house – it’s the perfect place to lay roots and settle into a forever family home.
Area To Explore
The residents of Darrington really do benefit from the best of both worlds. On a day-to-day basis you’ll enjoy a quiet and peaceful village lifestyle with all the key amenities within walking distance. There are two renowned pubs, a handy village store and the newly opened Gallimore’s Restaurant all nearby. To round it off, how about 18 holes at the championship-standard Darrington Golf Club in its parkland surroundings?
The nearest town is Pontefract which offers a choice of supermarkets and high street shops as well as restaurants, pubs and excellent public transport links. Also here is New College, regarded as one of the best locations for higher education in the country.
Wider education options include the village primary school and the well-regarded private Queen Elizabeth grammar and Ackworth School.
For families who need to travel, whether it be for work or pleasure, the motorway links from Darrington are outstanding with the A1, M1 and M62 all within close range. This makes travelling to places such as Leeds, York, Wakefield, Sheffield and Manchester a breeze.
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Five Bedroom Expansive Home
Approx 0.6 Acre Garden with Panoramic Views
Self-Contained Ground Floor Annexe
Expansive Lounge through Dining Room and Contemporary Conservatory
Fully Furnished Office with Views to Local Church
Modern Breakfast Kitchen with Separate Pantry and Utility Room