Beautiful inside and out
Never has the phrase “off the beaten track” been as relevant as when used to describe The Manse – a property with a vast footprint sat upon an approximate total of 14 acres of land, privately located away from neighbouring eyes in the West Yorkshire village of East Hardwick.
Dating back to the 1800s, this fabulous four-bedroom detached combines a secluded position, traditional exterior appeal, modernised interiors and views far and wide across rolling fields.
This is a dream in waiting for a large family who love outdoor space and could take advantage of the dedicated 10.5 acres of fields and paddocks with an equestrian or livery lifestyle. To appreciate all that is on offer, you really have to come and take a look inside.
Situated down a private track off the A639 connecting Pontefract town centre and through the villages of East Hardwick and Thorpe Audlin towards the A1, you’ll be in a prime position for travel and yet left to enjoy a calm and peaceful lifestyle.
There’s a feeling of grandeur on arrival at The Manse. Secured behind sets of wooden and wrought iron electric gates is a very large drive sat in front of the beautiful property. Over the last decade, the current owners have redesigned the interior of the house to perfectly suit the demands of a modern family life. The layout of the ground floor has been reconfigured to offer fantastic flow and flexibility, with multiple entrance points from the grounds with an L-shaped hallway running between all the living spaces. Within the bright and airy reception hall you’ll find a WC and a separate utility/laundry room, ensuring the daily chores are kept out of the main spaces of the home.
Cook, entertain and relax
You’ll instantly feel the impact of the panoramic windows and bi-fold doors in the family room, maximising on the unspoilt rural views. This huge space combines the kitchen and an open-plan area for dining, socialising and relaxing. The kitchen is only segregated by a slate-tiled floor and central island, housing the hob and storage underneath but still with enough space to perch with a drink or enjoy a quick snack.
The classic, dual coloured shaker-style units topped with Corian worktops, further tall larder cupboards for practical storage and a range of integrated appliances by Neff will appeal to most. Solid oak wooden flooring marks the social space currently set up for casual dining and comfortable seating, with in-built storage and steps leading through to the formal dining room. When it’s summer and you’re hosting, this room becomes the ultimate party space. Fling open the bi-fold doors and you’re straight onto the Indian Stone patio and lawn for those perfect BBQ days.
Across the reception hall, you’ll find the lounge which is equally impressive in design and a real showstopper at first glance. The timber beams in the vaulted ceiling add depth and character to this otherwise contemporary room which is oozing with natural light from the bi-fold doors and skylights.
Finished with impeccable attention to detail from the marble tiled floor for practicality to the cosy log burner and mood enhancing uplighting, this is a room to be enjoyed all-year round.
More space to relax
Larger families will be delighted to find the beautiful and cosy garden room to offer some flexibility and privacy at the rear of the property. Packed with traditional features including a large fireplace and wood burning stove, arched alcoves and ceiling cornicing to add to the charm.
The deep bay window houses patio doors that lead out to the lawn, similarly to the other ground floor living spaces. Next door to complete the ground floor is a well-sized study that could equally be utilised as a playroom or further bedroom, depending on the family dynamics.
For a dinner party soirée or family gatherings, what could be more perfect than your own formal dining room. With enough space to comfortably hold an eight-seater table and more, special occasions can be hosted here in style. The stone fireplace and feature arched windows punctuate this blank canvas to perfection.
Three generous double bedrooms are situated on the first floor, each almost equal in size. All of the rooms have plenty of floor space for furniture, stunning views over the gardens and present a blank canvas ready to move straight into. However, the guest bedroom includes the added feature of an en-suite bathroom.
The beautiful bespoke oak-spiral staircase is a work of art in itself – found on first floor landing and leading up to the pair of attic rooms above.
Along the landing you will find the stunning master bedroom, accessed through the bespoke gallery walk-in wardrobe, which adds to the effect of feeling like your own personal suite. Vast in size, but equally impactful in style featuring double-aspect windows with Juliet balconies at either side, a vaulted ceiling and contemporary wall panelling. The stylish en-suite bathroom is a treat in itself with a freestanding tub, separate shower enclosure, ‘his and hers’ wall-mounted basins and a concealed toilet. For ultimate relaxation, there’s an integrated sound system and TV for those nights when you really want to unwind.
Without compromising on style or space, the family bathroom is ample to be shared between bedrooms three and four. Step down into a Victorian inspired haven complete with a roll-top bath, traditional low-level cistern toilet, exquisite vanity unit sink, spacious shower enclosure and two heated towel rails.
Embracing outdoor living
Arguably the main highlight of this purchase is the land and the potential that comes with that, including the scope to run a small livery yard.
Already the property boasts an impressive equestrian facility that could be used for business as well as a personal hobby, complete with purpose-built stables and professional tack room, floodlit arenas and approximately 10.5 acres of field and paddock space. Beyond this, there is ample space for cars and tractor parking should you have visitors or staff on site.
After having moved the original barn to make room for the unspoilt view from the house across the land, the current owners were keen not to build further but there is further planning permission granted for an expansive self-contained annex with open plan lounge/dining kitchen, utility, double bedroom with en-suite bathroom and office to first floor. This would be ideally suited to a teenager, older family members or someone looking for home working space. The gardens and grounds that surround the house span around 3.5 acres. Immaculately kept and boasting a little bit of everything including vast lawns, a large patio, mature allotment patch, a rose-adorned pagoda and courtyard-style entrance to the front door.
Explore the area
Located in the sleepy, yet community-focused village of East Hardwick you really are in for a picturesque way of life with a dreamy countryside style of living surrounding you. Your grounds border sweeping fields to give you so much peace and quiet you’ll be able to float away into your own little world.
Despite this idyllic setup, you are still situated within a few miles of links to major motorways such as the A1 and M62. As a result, this private home gives you all the perks that come from remote living while still boasting great transport links for an easy commute or school run.
Within East Hardwick itself, you have a village hall and St Stephens Church as well as a number of easy trails to pick up and walk into the neighboring villages of Darrington, Ackworth, Thorpe Audlin and Wentbridge. Each of these offers a local pub to pick up a well-earned glass of wine after you’ve enjoyed some fresh air and got in your steps for the day.
The nearby town of Pontefract is within close distance. Here you will be greeted with an eclectic mix of shops, restaurants, supermarkets and attractions. If you’re looking for family days out, the 18th century manor house Nostell Priory is close by and the scenic area of Brockadale Nature Reserve is right on your doorstep too, offering a wealth of beautiful walks and wildlife habitats.
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Expansive Four Bedroom Detached
Approximately 14 Acres of Land, Arena's and Garden
Converted and Extended Period Property with Modern Updates
Five Separate Reception Rooms
Modern Open Plan Kitchen/Family Room with Bi-Folding Doors
En-Suite Bathrooms to Master and Guest Bedrooms
Granted Planning For Contemporary Self-Contained Annexe
3300 sq/ft Barn with Six Stables, Workshop, Tack Room and Storage
10.5 Acres of Grassed Fields and Paddock Space
Private and Rural Position with Easy Access to Motorways