A Victorian renovation
A true hidden gem in the renowned village of Ackworth awaits – yet even the locals would be forgiven for having never caught a glimpse of this beautiful, double-fronted cottage. Set back from the main road and shrouded in privacy by a mature hedge, you’ll have the best of both worlds being located close to the heart of the community.
This unique, four-bedroom detached home dates back to the 1840s. It is constructed from the native quarry stone also used at Nostell Priory and was built by the quarry manager himself. With an abundance of character, plus convenience and space including off-street parking in the backyard, this attractive cottage ticks all the boxes for a growing family.
The current owners have been here less than three years and, in that time, have renovated the property throughout, making considered choices to retain the original character and charm of the period such as the design of the new Georgian bar sash windows. As first impressions go, the house doesn’t disappoint from a kerb appeal perspective.
The spacious porch was added as a convenient extension in the early 2000s and is a fine example of the attention to detail throughout. Step through the double, stained-glass doors and into the entrance hallway which is finished with reclaimed oak parquet flooring from a local school gym, and you’ll instantly feel at home.
Original features throughout
With the stairs straight ahead, the reception rooms sit at either side of the entrance. To your left and quite literally at the central heart of the home is the stunning dining kitchen. Walk in with a wow as your eyes are drawn to the exposed stone exterior wall – a result of the extensive damp-proofing project to bring the walls back to their original state.
The Yorkshire stone fireplace and wood burning stove roars at the centre of the dining area, and cosy sympathetic features from the cast-iron radiators to the stone window sills continue to punctuate the room. The downstairs W/C finished with reclaimed quarry tiles is located off the dining room.
A soft sage modern ‘farmhouse style’ kitchen with a grey quartz worktop complements the style of the house perfectly.
With a long central breakfast bar – installed after two interior walls were removed – there is plenty of space to pull up a stool. This is a fantastic social room for connecting with family at mealtimes and hosting guests alike.
To finish the room, a set of French doors that open out to the front garden allow natural light to shine through all day from the patio, as well as the side door offering convenient access to the driveway, and enclosed courtyard.
Heritage at its heart
Once you’ve finished admiring the beautiful kitchen and dining room, make your way through to the sitting room which leads into an impressive utility room. The two together have history steeped in their walls, having been home to Ackworth’s greengrocer store back in the 1940s. To this day, the current owners are occasionally reminded of the property’s rich heritage when post for 108A Wakefield Road drops through the post box.
With bold decor, a tall sash window and fitted storage shelves, this versatile room would make a perfect reading room or library. For those with children, a playroom or study could be on the cards.
Adjoined to the sitting room, drop down three steps to enter the utility room itself which has been completed to a high spec to complement the modernised kitchen.
This was the front of house for the greengrocers where all the action happened. The solid oak worktops, Belfast sink and cream tongue and groove wooden units ooze country cottage chic and the ambience is perfectly finished with more of the rustic parquet flooring.
From a practical standpoint, the fridge freezer, washing machine and dryer are housed here, as well as a built-in work desk and an abundance of storage for the laundry. As part of a recent full rewire of the property, cabling is in place for CCTV to be installed.
Every fine detail has been considered in the careful curation of this space to offer timeless vintage style and to add ease to modern living.
Cosy and charming
Back through the dining room and hallway, the formal lounge at the opposite end of the ground floor is worthy of a Homes & Antiques stately home shoot. The cosy ambience and decor capture the Victorian heritage perfectly, from the warm terracotta walls to the built-in alcove shelving and picture rail detail. The cast-iron fireplace and tiled hearth is of course the centrepiece of the room – perfect for those dark winter evenings.
Even the TV has been carefully mounted into the wall, so it doesn’t detract from the attractive features. This relaxing family space is truly a place to unwind.
The beautifully handcrafted wooden banister leads you up to the first floor where you’ll find the bedrooms and a family bathroom.
Walk along the length of the landing and into the extension built in 2002.
Matching the footprint of the sitting room and utility room combined is a wonderful master suite consisting of a comfortable sleeping area, with space for a kingsize bed, en-suite shower room and a separate room to the rear.
As this space has its own sash window and radiator, it could be utilised as a small child’s room to keep a crib or as a dedicated home office although the current owners have set up a walk-in wardrobe to enhance the master.
The decor is akin to a luxury hotel room, featuring stunning green tongue and groove panelling effect wallpaper below the dado rails and stylish cream woodwork as a nod to the property’s Victorian heritage. The shower room is perfectly fit for purpose with a tiled floor, W/C, wash basin and corner shower cubicle, all surrounded by unique decor.
A sign of its time
As the largest stand-alone bedroom in the house, the cool and calming decor of bedroom two makes this a space to rival the master suite.
The traditional ceiling rose and dado rails have been added to recreate the style of the era and, along with the deep skirtings, decorative coving and a stunning window seat it’s a space that is ready to move right in.
Another double to delight
Bedroom three is a charming and comfortable double.
As one of the three south-facing rooms upstairs, the tall window and high ceiling creates a sense of bright and airy space. The depth of the chimney breast wall also offers an aesthetically pleasing alcove to add furniture or shelving.
Part of the appeal
Currently set up as a nursery, bedroom four is positioned in the eaves of the roof which adds interest and character to the space along with the low-set window. With soft neutral carpet underfoot, this room could comfortably take a single bed with space to spare for additional furniture.
Continuing with tradition
Alongside bedroom four is the three-piece family bathroom. Modest in size yet styled to perfection with a classic hand basin and low-level WC, the highlight is the large corner bath. Featuring a traditional-style telephone tap, the cosy ambience in here is just what you need to relax after a hard day’s work.
South-facing sun trap
Perhaps the most striking design detail from the exterior of the property is the symmetry of the split double lawns that sit either side of the entrance path leading to the attractive doorway.
The stunning, south-facing garden has been fully landscaped in recent years and is incredibly private thanks to the mature blossom trees and hedges surrounding it which come into their own in spring. The jewel in the crown is potentially the damson plum tree which has provided home grown fruit for making gin and jam for many years. A paved patio area which stretches the width of the house is perfect for al fresco dining and BBQ days.
A final raised garden area sits to the far-right side which stretches beyond the house and the rear driveway. This could be transformed into a further seating area, or perhaps partially used to start a home vegetable plot.
Explore the area
Located on Wakefield Road, this house is right amongst the action in this vibrant and friendly village of Ackworth with a choice of pubs and eateries all within walking distance. Ego is probably the pick of the crop with a fine array of beers, wines and cocktails as well as a Mediterranean food menu.
Ackworth has all the calm and beauty of a village but excellent local amenities befitting of a town including a Co-op, post office, a doctor’s surgery and two petrol stations.
The village is well placed for local travel networks and public transport. The A1 and M62 motorways are both approximately 10 minutes away. Leeds city centre can be reached within around 30 minutes and Wakefield in 20 minutes. The property also lies within easy access of Doncaster and Sheffield, both accessible from the local train station in either Pontefract or Fitzwilliam.
Families have a choice of multiple independent schools in the area, including the highly regarded Ackworth School for boys and girls aged 2 to 19 years.
For history and nature lovers, Nostell Priory, an 18th-century country house with parklands, gardens and an adventure play park, is within walking distance of your front door. For dog walkers, there is a natural meadow providing easy countryside access to Fitzwilliam Country Park, and at the end of Bracken Hill, a path to a woodland area which provides the pleasant route to Nostell.
**Freehold and council tax band D** **Part furnished** **Available from September 2023** **Deposit £1730**
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Four Bedroom Period Detached
Semi Rural Location on the Edge of Ackworth
Lounge, Sitting Room and Dining Room
Contemporary Breakfast Kitchen and Utility Room
Family Bathroom and Modern En-Suite
Modern and Original Period Features Throughout
Mature Gardens to Both Front and Side with a Sunny Positioned Patio
Multiple Vehicle Parking
Security Deposit £1730 and Part Furnished
Freehold. Council Tax Band D. 6 Month Minimum Tenancy