Arkendale Hall, Arkendale
Arkendale Hall is a wonderful example of the Arts and Crafts style and the exterior and interior typify the movement that placed great emphasis on craftsmanship and the decorative and fine arts.
Built in 1904, its has retained many of its original features, including leaded windows, exposed beams, period fireplaces and a carved wood staircase.
Peter Harrison’s family bought it as part of an estate in 1970 and the house was scheduled for demolition. He says: “The land it was on was seen as more valuable as farmland but I recognised it was an Arts and Crafts house and said ‘you can’t knock that down’.”
Instead, he carried out a sensitive renovation and made it his home. “It was a very cold house and the seven radiators were fired by an old ship’s boiler that ran on coke. I had to get up in the middle of the night to stoke it. We spent a lot of time and money on the house and getting a new boiler was one of the first jobs.
The hall, which sits in 27 acres between Boroughbridge and Knaresborough, has a reception hall, drawing room, snug, dining room, kitchen, scullery, utility room, pantry, morning room, wine cellar, six bedrooms and three bathrooms and a two-bedroom flat.
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