Grey Gables embodies many of the principles of the Arts and Crafts movement built circa 1901 and now a fully restored Grade II listed family home the character of which has been preserved throughout. The quality of the materials both internally and externally is clear to see including a number of unique features such as Art Nouveau style stained glass, 17th Century oak panelling, fine oak floors, fitted oak furniture and lovely fireplaces.
The current owners have commissioned architect's drawings for the addition of a kitchen extension/orangery and the colour artists impression is available to view within the selection of photographs on this portal entry. Initial enquiries with the local authority were positive and very well received but will still require the necessary planning approval.
Set alongside Grey Gables is West Wood, the former Coach House converted to an independent dwelling in the 1970's and refurbished in 2013/14. This could be purchased alongside Grey Gables by separate negotiation and which would be ideal for dependant relatives as an excellent home office suite or investment opportunity if preferred with proven potential for rental income.
Calverley together with nearby Rawdon and Horsforth each offer a wide range of local amenities together with a good primary and secondary schools. The principal Yorkshire centres of Leeds, Harrogate, Bradford and Ilkley are readily accessible as is the regions motorway infrastructure for those wishing to travel further afield. Leeds/Bradford International Airport is also within approximately 6 miles.
Grey Gables is deceptive in its external appearance offering accommodation over four levels which in total extends to in excess of 5,000 square feet. A stone entrance porch with carved stone seat facing a stained glass window featuring the Leeds owl and a large panelled oak front door opens into the entrance vestibule with Art Nouveau style stained glass panel. The impressive reception hall is panelled in oak with the 17th Century panels themselves originating from Calverley Old Hall. The floor of the vestibule and hall is in herringbone terracotta tiles which continue into the cloakroom with intricately patterned stained glass windows. The drawing room is a lovely elegant room panelled to dado height with fitted window seats, an oak dresser and oak framed sgraffito frieze. It also has a fine patterned oak flooring, exposed oak ceiling and Inglenook style fireplace with twin stained glass windows. The spacious formal dining room currently also used as a sitting room has a similar oak floor and ceiling and an original Minster stone fireplace. The modernised living and dining kitchen provides generous space for modern living with full height restored oak cupboards and additional bespoke units and worktops built to match. The polished Yorkshire stone floor has been retained and the original cast iron fireplace now houses a black Aga. An adjacent laundry/utility room also provides a generous pantry and garden store.
The lower ground floor has been significantly enhanced comprising a heated work room, heated workshop, coal store, fuel store and wine cellar.
A low rise oak staircase with pierced splat balusters rises to the first floor where there is an impressive 40ft galleried landing with full height stained glass window. There are then four large double bedrooms, three with original fireplaces and the master bedroom benefits from a modern en suite shower room. There is a large fully tiled house bathroom with 1950's retro suite completing the first floor accommodation.
The second floor is accessed by two independent staircases leading to a suite of rooms formerly a library and servants quarters. The floor provides up to three additional bedrooms and a central room with full width balcony and oak decking overlooking the rear garden and adjoining green belt. The majority of this floor could readily form a superb master bedroom suite with dressing room and bathroom if preferred.
Grey Gables stands in extensively stocked yet easily maintained parkland grounds including a waterfall garden being a scale model of Ingletons Thornton Force in North Yorkshire. The original stone rockeries remain intact and there are gravelled pathways winding through the well tended borders. A sweeping private driveway leads into two walled courtyard areas and in turn to a detached double garage with twin up and over doors.
West Wood stands in its own grounds of almost ¼ of an acre with a single garage and a separate private vehicular access from Carr Road. The house offers approximately 1,200 square feet of accommodation over two floors including a large reception room, conservatory, modern kitchen, three bedrooms and a house bathroom. This is available by separate negotiation if required.