Potterton Hall West, Potterton
Robert Carr was a celebrated Yorkshire architect and this handsome grade II* listed home epitomises his work. Built in 1740, the property has finely carved architraves, cornices and exquisite friezes and the rooms have the elegant proportions that typify the era’s best houses.
Owner Jane Gilbert has added to Carr’s legacy after buying Potterton Hall West 14 years ago.
“I spotted it for sale in the Yorkshire Post and fell in love with it. I had no idea it existed even though I lived and worked in the area. It is in a very private position,” says Jane. “The building had been well looked after when I bought it. It just needed modernising.”
Over the years, she and her husband have replaced the roof and the windows and combined the separate kitchen and dining room to create one large living kitchen.
The seven bedrooms were previously served by just one bathroom, so the space has been repurposed to make five bedrooms and three bathrooms.
The most ambitious project was to convert the basement into extra living space. In the renowned Pevsner architectural guide, the cellars are described as “having more wine bins than Castle Howard”.
“They are extensive and so the opportunity to make them useful was there. We had them sandblasted and made a series of rooms that are really cosy and very different to the rest of the house,” says Jane.
Potterton Hall West now has an imposing 29ft hall, drawing room and separate dining room, a 26ft conservatory, a utility room and a large living/dining kitchen with bespoke cabinetry by Clarity Arts and a four oven gas AGA. The former wine cellars, which now have underfloor heating, were converted by Retreat Rooms and now include a media room, two studies and extensive store rooms. The upper floors include a master bedroom with en-suite shower room, four further bedrooms, an office, two house bathrooms, a dressing room and a play room. Outside, there is a driveway with parking and grounds of three quarters of an acre with woodland, lawn, many specimen trees and a stone terrace overlooking the gardens.
The Gilberts are selling to downsize now their two daughters are grown-up.
Jane says: “We are looking for something smaller but leaving this place is going to be a horrible wrench. It has been a very happy house.”
*Potterton is in a semi-rural location on the edge of Barwick in Elmet, which has a primary school, shop, Post Office, pubs and a church. It is seven miles from Leeds and 2.5 miles from the A1/M1.
*For details contact Beadnall Copley.tel.01937 580850 www.beadnallcopley.co.uk