For sale in Yorkshire: Rural bliss in the Pennines

When visitors arrive at Potball for the first time they are awestruck and usually only capable of uttering just one word: 'wow'.

The property sits in five acres of land

The stupendous, south-facing property in Charlestown sits in its own five-acre idyll with views stretching over to the Stoodley Pike monument, high on the Pennine hill.

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While it feels secluded, there are neighbours and it’s a five minute walk to the main road and a short drive to Hebden Bridge town centre - though you can also walk or cycle there on the canal towpath.

The cottage dates from the 1600s and has been lovingly restored by its owner.

The setting was one of the main reasons Debbie Lane bought the house and land in 1994. Back then, the grade II listed cottage was derelict and had lain empty for 70 years.

“It’s such a breathtaking location. I just fell in love with it, which was good because the house had been in the same family for a long time and the lady selling it wanted it to go to someone who loved it and who would do it justice.”

The renovation took years as Debbie was determined not to scrimp. She says: “I wanted to renovate the house to a really good standard so I waited and saved for the best. I didn’t put flooring down for ages because I wanted solid oak and I didn’t want to compromise.”

Potball, which was built in 1684, has an entrance hall and a kitchen with bespoke cabinets by Drew Forsyth, a double gas-fired Aga and a stone fireplace with solid fuel stove. There is also a utility room and cloakroom.

The dining room with solid oak floor

Both the dining room and sitting rooms have a wood-burning stoves in feature fireplaces and the sitting room includes a window seat, which makes the most of the views towards Stoodley Pike. Upstairs, there are four double bedrooms, two bathrooms and a boarded loft space.

The property is on mains gas, electricity and water.

Outside, there is parking and five acres of land, including gardens, grazing land and a bluebell wood. Potball is a registered smallholding and has planning permission for a double garage.

Debbie, who is selling to downsize, says: “I will miss it. It’s such a quiet and beautiful place to live, yet it’s not isolated. The views are amazing and there are great walks, cycles and bridleways nearby.”

The kitchen with bespoke units and a gas-fired Aga

Contact Charnock Bates, tel: 01422 380100,

Potball, Jumble Hall Road, Hebden Bridge. Price £695,000