COMBINING CHARACTER PROPERTY WITH PICTURE PERFECT VIEWS
Blending a peaceful and quiet lifestyle without the compromise of complete isolation is achieved in abundance at Grosvenor House.
This characterful three-bedroom, semi-detached stone property is tucked away in the rural depths of Ackworth at the bottom of Tan House Lane yet isn’t far away from anything you may need in your day-to-day family life.
You’ll bask in the perks of countryside living with field and farm views from both sides of your home while living a short walk from all the amenities you’d expect of a bustling, sought-after village.
The outdoors has so much to offer including unrivalled green scenery beneath the locally acclaimed Six Arches viaduct, which over the course of the year is paid a handful of special, fleeting visits from the famous Flying Scotsman and the Mallard trains.
You’ll never tire of enjoying the great outdoors and yet inside the property you’re also offered practical living spaces as well as charm and tradition with the property dating back to the early 1800s.
ROOM WITH A VIEW
When we use the term room with a view, we’re not exaggerating when it comes to the sun room here at Grosvenor House.
Offering panoramic field views of the unspoiled Yorkshire countryside, it’s worth pointing out that this is no coincidence – in fact it’s the result of careful design. Back in 2004, the current owners opted to knock down the outbuilding and outdoor toilet which previously occupied this space in favour of this spacious room which, especially during the summer months, becomes the home’s unrivalled main attraction.
Owing to how the house is configured, you have the opportunity to land in this room first from the generous block-paved driveway and if you do enter from here it gives quite the first impression. Its neutral tiled floor gives you plenty of space for soft seating to admire the views.
Neatly tucked away through an internal door is a downstairs WC and utility room – perfect for extra storage and a separate laundry space so you can maximise the practicality in the kitchen next door.
Take a step up from the sun room and you’ll find yourself in the dining kitchen which, as with so many homes of this age, plays its role as the heart of the home so well.
This space epitomises countryside living more than anywhere else in the house with shaker-style farmhouse units throughout as well as a Classic Rangemaster oven set within the original fireplace. A traditional Belfast sink and wooden draining boards complete the authentic rural aesthetic. With windows overlooking your secluded garden, this is a fantastic place to congregate with the family from sunrise to sunset.
YOUR PERFECT WINTER WARMER
To complete the living spaces, next door is the lounge – home to a striking floor to ceiling brick fireplace taking centre stage with a solid fuel fire which makes this the perfect place to reside in the evening during the colder months of the year.
With soft carpet underfoot, you’re now through to the cosy quarters of the home and you can just imagine the scenes at Christmas time as the family gathers round the roaring fire.
Complete with tall ceilings, deep wooden skirting boards and dual-aspect windows making the space light and airy in contrast to the dark features, this room completes the ground floor to perfection.
UP TO THE DOUBLES
Head up the open staircase from the lounge and you’re greeted on the first floor by an open, bright and airy landing with a large window to yet again enjoy the surrounding views from.
Two double bedrooms have retained their quirky character with original features including uniquely shaped alcoves and cast-iron fireplaces. Both rooms are of a size where it means space does not have to be compromised.
Each room is large enough for a double bed as well as free-standing furniture including desks, bookcases and toy chests for the children to give them their own dedicated space for homework or playtime.
Your own private sanctuary awaits as you head upstairs again to the home’s master bedroom, nestled away up in the loft space and exclusively spanning the second floor.
Once you’ve scaled the attractive wooden staircase, your eyes will immediately be drawn to the exposed, weathered beams up to the apex of the roof which add stunning rustic charm and authenticity.
With a generous floor space large enough for a super king bed and built-in wardrobes running either side into the eaves, this is the perfect hideaway to retreat at the end of a busy day of family life.
TIME FOR THE TUB
At the far end of the first floor is the large family bathroom ready and waiting for when it’s time to relax.
Comprising of a large corner tub, toilet and built-in wash basin, the decor is neutral but it would also be easy to keep some characterful features – such as the decorative ceiling cornicing – if you decided to modernise the room to your own personal taste.
THE CHERRY ON TOP
The immediate impact of the field views surrounding this beautiful family home might mean that you overlook your very own private garden when you first arrive at the property. It has so much to offer, it’s definitely worth exploring.
Spanning 50 metres in total, it’s encased by tall mature trees that deliver great privacy for those occasions when you want to host your family and friends outside.
Close to the house, you have an area perfect for outdoor dining and the long lawn stretches down to the bottom where a summer house is waiting.
Among the neatly maintained hedges and trees include those bearing apples, plums, pears and cherries giving you immediate access to homegrown produce without having to get too green-fingered and start from scratch.
At the entrance to the garden of course is the well-maintained, block-paved driveway behind wrought-iron gates and an attractive, cottage-style stone rendered workshop for storing tools and outdoor furniture.
EXPLORE THE AREA
The sought-after West Yorkshire village of Ackworth is appealing to a wide demographic due to its array of amenities and vibrant community feel.
Grosvenor House is literally perfectly positioned for those who enjoy their time outdoors and love nothing more than a good walk with rural footpaths right at the end of your drive.
Within seconds, you’re into the woods with an abundance of trails off into the centre of Ackworth as well as the neighbouring villages of Badsworth, East Hardwick, Wentbridge and Thorpe Audlin. If your perfect weekend consists of escaping the hustle and bustle of busy working life, you’ll be right at home here. But to put you at ease when it comes to enjoying a peaceful lifestyle without being isolated from the village life, you can be assured that everything you need is also within easy reach.
For parents of young children, the school run will be stress free as you’re just a short walk from the junior catchment for Howard School and the renowned Ackworth School for private primary and secondary education.
Also accessible by foot, Ackworth has all the conveniences of a small town including a public library, doctor’s surgery and chemist, supermarket and convenience stores, beauty salons and hairdressers, multiple pubs serving restaurant-standard food and a tea room above the gift shop.
But closest of all to your home is the very popular Hinnits bakery where you can join the short queue on a morning to get your hands on the most delicious bread and cakes baked on site.
Grosvenor House’s location has a wide appeal for those seeking rural countryside surroundings, but also for families that need to be placed closer to larger towns and cities. Pontefract, Wakefield, Leeds, Doncaster, Sheffield and York are all within easy reach in under an hour via the A1 and M62 road networks.
Ackworth village has a wonderful and welcoming community spirit with a variety of sporting clubs including football, cricket and tennis.
The Ackworth social calendar also includes annual Galas and the renowned Pram Race in the summer.
Areas of interest nearby for a day out include National Trust site Nostell Priory, Pontefract racecourse, Wintersett Country Park and Farmer Copley’s family farm.
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