New look for old: house in Bardsey that just got bigger and better

The bespoke kitchen
The bespoke kitchen
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The Ferns, Bardsey

Price: offers over £1.3m

What began life as a much smaller property owned by the Bramham Park estate is now a large and luxurious country house thanks to its latest makeover.

The property has been extended and modernised

The property has been extended and modernised

The Ferns, which is in the village of Bardsey, near Leeds, has been skilfully extended and completely updated by Dan and Sharon Walton.

The couple set their hearts on the house after spotting it when out walking their dog.

“We lived in a village nearby and often walked past this house. We often said how we’d love to buy it,” says Dan.

Their chance came six years ago when it came up for sale. The 90-year-old owner had lived there all his life and the house was in need of renovation.

One of the bedrooms featuring a football mural

One of the bedrooms featuring a football mural

The Waltons took the opportunity to add a large extension and tackled everything from roofing, re-plumbing and rewiring to redecorating and installing a new kitchen and bathrooms.

Estate agent Andrew Beadnall says: “This is an exceptionally rare opportunity to purchase one of the area’s finest family homes in a stunning semi-rural location.”
The property now has a reception hall, cloakroom and w.c., sitting room, snug/family room, study, bespoke living kitchen with walnut units and integrated appliances and a utility room and store. Upstairs, there is a a master suite with bedroom, dressing room and en-suite bathroom, a guest bedroom with en-suite shower room, three further double bedrooms and a house bathroom. 
The property is approached by a gravelled driveway leading to extensive parking. There are large lawned gardens set within stone boundary walls and beyond are level paddocks with road access. In total, the grounds extend to 5.5 acres.

Dan and Sharon are selling to take on another project.

“This is the longest we have stayed anywhere but we enjoy having a property project, which is why we are moving.”

One of the reception rooms

One of the reception rooms

The house is in the little known conservation area of old Bardsey village and is adjacent to the duck pond and set in private grounds.

For details contact Beadnall Copley, tel: 01937 580850,

*Bardsey is steeped in history with a church dating back to the 9th Century and a public house that is reputedly one of the oldest inns in England. Additional village amenities include a renowned local junior school, a playgroup, sports club and tennis courts. The village is conveniently placed for Leeds, Harrogate and York. The village of Collingham is nearby and the market town of Wetherby is 10 minutes away. There are also a number of highly-regarded golf clubs in the area.