New looks for old in this Pool-in-Wharfedale home

Georgina Gilks and her husband, Kevin, are a dream team when it comes to renovating property. He is a construction site manager and a joiner by trade and she has a flair for interior design.“I have the vision and Kevin makes it happen,” says Georgina.Between them, they had all the skills needed to turn what was a dated 1970s house into a spacious and contemporary home.

The couple, who have two children, bought Willow Court two years ago and, thanks to extensions and a remodelled interior, it has grown from having three bedrooms to five.“We’ve almost doubled its size and done everything from putting on a new roof to installing new electrics and plumbing. We also created an amazing kitchen, dining, living space and that’s where we spend most of our time,” says Georgina.

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The couple are selling to move onto another property renovation.“I love this house and we had hoped to stay but we can’t help ourselves, we want a new project,” says Georgina, who hopes to stay in or around Pool-in Wharfedale.“It’s a fantastic village with a really great community. It’s very good for young families and there’s a school and a children’s playground.”Willow Court has an entrance hall, cloakroom and a spacious open plan living kitchen diner with bi-folding doors leading to the rear garden. The kitchen has a larder, integral appliances and an instant hot water tap.

The ground floor also has a separate sitting room with wood-burning stove, a dining room, office, underfloor heating and a utility room. On the first floor there is a master bedroom suite with a large bedroom, dressing room and en-suite with underfloor heating. There are four further bedrooms, three with fitted wardrobes and one with an ensuite. There is also a family bathroom with underfloor heating.

The rear garden includes a large seating area, a lawn and a double-width drive leading to a double garage with remote controlled roller door. The property also boasts an office/ garden room which can be accessed from the garden.Pool-in-Wharfedale is a village close to Otley with easy access to Leeds, Ilkley and Harrogate.It has countryside on the doorstep and amenities include parks, riverside walks, two pubs, a church, a post office and shop and a village hall.

*Contact: Manning Stainton, tel: 01943 871777,