SETTLE IN QUIET SURROUNDINGS
If your next location requires space to grow and a quiet place to call home, then Armstead House at Cridling Stubbs is just for you.
This pretty and desirable North Yorkshire village – just a few miles outside of Pontefract and Knottingley – is home to only a couple of hundred locals, who enjoy the rural way of life away from the hustle and bustle of the surrounding market towns. Those who have lived here for generations find this a fantastic place to create a private lifestyle and raise the family with little but green fields surrounding your abode. This stylish and expansive four-bedroom detached family home has been renovated from top to toe over the past six years and is sure to spark plenty of imagination.
SPACE AS STANDARD
The route to Cridling Stubbs winds through a rural landscape until you land at the property’s wide spanning driveway, with off-street parking for up to nine cars secured behind the boundary gates.
With a detached double garage, expansive workshop and further space for parking at the front, there’ll be no issue trying to find a convenient spot for multiple family and guest vehicles.
Through the central entrance porch and into the home, a bright and spacious hallway awaits with an open, solid oak staircase ahead. With plenty of floorspace here to keep coats, shoes and even a pram or a bike, there’s no need to worry about practicality and instead you can focus on the warmest of welcomes.
The first of five family reception rooms can be found directly to the left of the hallway – a stunning yet cosy lounge with room for the whole family to gather. Feature wallpaper to bring the spaces to life along with unique wall art.
In here the open-brick fireplace takes centre stage upon a Yorkshire stone hearth, with a high-quality log burner for maintaining an inviting ambience in the winter months. Oak-effect Karndean flooring and the detail of a dado rail along with ceiling covings, finish the space to perfection to complement the rustic charm of the fire.
From here, move seamlessly through to the conservatory which provides an extra space to relax and is a go-to in the summer months to unwind with a view of the garden – accessed by the double-glazed French doors. A ceiling fan provides a welcome breeze when warm and the brick foundations help to insulate in the winter.
On the other side of the hallway, you’ll find the high-spec, dual-aspect dining kitchen.
This super sleek space was adapted to create an open-plan space with the removal of an interior wall just four years ago. Glossy units offering a range of storage and immaculate porcelain floor tiles illuminated under the ceiling spotlights and plinth lights offer a pristine wow factor, yet the family-friendly design is as practical as it is stylish. Integrated appliances include a double electric oven, induction hob, dishwasher, under-counter drinks fridge and built-in American-style fridge proving that no expense has been spared to create this chic and sociable space.
WORK HARD, PLAY HARD
Beyond the kitchen and the separate utility room there’s plenty more versatility of rooms to explore on the ground floor.
First is a dedicated playroom which is sure to be a hit with the younger generation. This was previously part of the office which is positioned next door, before the current owners decided to add in an internal wall to create two rooms from this vast space.
The possibilities are endless here depending on your family dynamics. Already fitted with stylish and practical Karndean Herringbone flooring, this room could be instantly transformed into a home gym or a second office for couples that both have hybrid working opportunities.
Despite this recent reconfiguration, the original office remains a very ample size for home working complete with a hi-tech CCTV system and fibre broadband to ensure a failsafe professional environment. Along with its own side access out to the garden and fitted with oak worktops housing a built-in bar and wine rack, this is a space where you can entertain too after the 9-5 is done. For those with manual or creative interests, adjoined to the double garage at the front with easy access from the office is the professionally fitted workshop, kitted out to support practical business ventures or renovation projects.
MARVEL AT THE MASTER
It’s back to where it all began in the hallway and past the understairs W/C where you’ll head up the bespoke oak staircase, noticing the pretty stained-glass window to find the bedrooms on the first floor.
As you’d expect from a property of this stature, the master doesn’t fall short of expectations. With decorative Karndean flooring underfoot, a dedicated dressing room with floor-to-ceiling wardrobe space – plus fitted cupboards and a dressing table – getting ready on a morning has never felt so stress free. The en-suite in here is luxurious enough to rival even the most impressive of family bathrooms, with the highlight being the stunning sunken tub. Tiled floor to ceiling, including a granite effect contrasting shower cubicle, this is the perfect place to unwind after a long day with the mood lighting on and bubbles flowing.
ANOTHER DOUBLE WITH A DRESSING ROOM
Located at the opposite end of the house, bedroom two is of a size where you’d be forgiven for thinking this could easily be a master in other family homes.
This would make a perfect room for either guests or a teenager, complete with its own walk-in dressing room featuring fitted wardrobes and storage units on both walls.
GENEROUS SPACE FOR ALL
Completing the bedrooms are two further impressive doubles.
All of which have spotlights and quality flooring laid underfoot, immaculately presented and have been decorated tastefully – each with their own colour theme and personality. Ready to move straight in but also minimalist enough to add your own stamp without too much effort required.
WASH AND DRY
The family bathroom at the top of the stairs is the ultimate practical space.
The washer and dryer are conveniently located here in a dedicated utility behind an internal door, meaning the wash baskets from the bedrooms and bathrooms can remain upstairs and laundry is kept out of sight. A modern and simplistic three-piece white suite consisting of a generous square bathtub with overhead shower, hand basin and W/C complement the stylish chrome fittings including a heated towel rail.
EASY TO ENJOY
If you love to spend time outdoors but struggle for time to keep on top of the maintenance, this family garden is absolutely ideal and suitable for entertaining children and adults alike.
Surrounded by pristine wooden fencing to offer privacy, the evergreen artificial lawns are punctuated by a polished Indian stone patio meaning al fresco dining areas and space for the kids to play come in equal measure. A substantial solid oak summerhouse in the corner gives plenty of scope to use the space exactly to your own family needs. The Scandi-style structure is double glazed and with internal electricity and lighting ensuring this is more than just a novelty addition to your living space. In the opposite corner is a pitched roof oak pergola for the option of some undercover seating come rain or shine.
AREA TO EXPLORE
You can be forgiven for living nearby and potentially never having heard of Cridling Stubbs before such is its subtle seclusion and small village feel.
Just three miles outside of the nearest town of Knottingley, there’s a lot to admire about the privacy and peace you are afforded here. This does mean amenities of the nearest large towns are a little further afield than on your doorstep but for families seeking semi-rural living, this is a price worth paying for the surroundings.
Close to home are the sought-after villages of Womersley and Darrington, which between them offer the convenience of a village shop, golf club, tearooms, a choice of pubs and eateries, along with plenty of walking routes to explore.
Throw into the mix that you are also within a five-minute drive of the A1 and M62 for any time you need to commute, and it feels like the best of both worlds.
Cridling Stubbs proudly has a village hall at the centre of the community regularly used for hosting events, renovated only recently during the pandemic. Opposite you’ll see a traditional phone box which in a quirky twist it still has a working telephone giving an honourable nod to days gone by.
Sticking with unusual local facts, we were surprised to hear that a jar of coins dating back 1,600 years were found in a local field and are now on display in a museum in Leeds. These are the kind of anecdotes you’d perhaps expect only to be served up by villages like this. In the spirit of this, we must mention that Cridling Stubbs is home to the Wonky Donkey Sanctuary which opened in 2015 and has rescued and rehabilitated more than 30 donkeys; it’s well worth a visit for animal lovers of all ages.
The nearest primary and secondary schools in Knottingley are within easy reach and considering two have an outstanding Ofsted rating, growing families seem to have all their boxes ticked within this postcode.
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