The Home, Saltaire: Brother of Salts Mill founder and owner of interiors store selling Knaresborough home

Those who love great design in general and carefully conceived and beautifully made homeware in particular may well be familiar with The Home store at Salts Mill in Saltaire.

Founded by Robin and Patricia Silver, it was well ahead of its time in Yorkshire. Everything available to buy had to earn its place in The Home and was carefully sourced and scrutinised before being allowed on the shelf or in one of Patricia’s remarkable displays, which were flagrantly copied by visitors, especially at Christmas. The result is that people from far and wide came and still come to shop there.

While the Silvers have passed the baton on, their ethos is still going strong and The Home continues to be a go-to place to find the beautiful and the useful.

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Robin’s late brother, Jonathan, was the businessman who saved Salts Mill and turned it into a major cultural venue in the 1980s.

The sitting room with bespoke, built-in furniture and some of the the Silvers design classicsThe sitting room with bespoke, built-in furniture and some of the the Silvers design classics
The sitting room with bespoke, built-in furniture and some of the the Silvers design classics

The couple’s own home is, as you might imagine, very special and it has all the hallmarks of great design and of their exacting approach to it. Their four bedroom, end townhouse in Knaresborough was a new-build and is now on the market and, needless to say, there is keen interest in it. They bought the large 1,500sq ft property on a small development in 2019 from the house builder.

It was a stop-gap for the Silvers who always intended to move on, but that didn’t prevent them from reconfiguring the interiors and making their mark. They completely redesigned the utility and the dining kitchen and added extra glazed cabinets to house Patricia’s collection of pottery and glass. The bathrooms were also redesigned and the boiler, which was near a bedroom, was relocated to the garage.

Joiners were commissioned to make bespoke wardrobes and oak cabinetry, along with a very stylish oak bar. Outside, the south-west facing garden was thoughtfully landscaped. The couple are moving to be closer to family but says Robin: “We have very much enjoyed living here in Knaresborough. It has everything you could wish for from good road links and a railway station to shops, good schools, a swimming pool and easy access to countryside.”

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The end townhouse, which is still well within its 10-year new-build warranty, has an energy efficient B rating and is in walking distance of the town centre. Inside, there is a reception hall with a staircase to the first floor, an understairs storage cupboard and a cloakroom, along with a dining kitchen with Silestone work surfaces and integrated Neff appliances and French doors onto the rear courtyard garden. There is also a separate utility room.

One of the bedrooms with built-in wardrobesOne of the bedrooms with built-in wardrobes
One of the bedrooms with built-in wardrobes

On the first floor, there is a sitting room with built-in cabinets and a bar. The main bedroom is also on this level and has a walk-in cupboard and built-in wardrobes plus an en-suite. On the second floor is a linen cupboard and a guest bedroom with built-in wardrobes and an ensuite. There are two further bedrooms with bespoke furniture plus a house bathroom.

Outside, is a drive with parking, a garage with electric car charging point and the courtyard garden. The property is on the market for £450,000. Contact Dacre, Son & Hartley, Knaresborough office for details.