For sale: Art deco home in Knaresborough

Scotton Orchards, lands Lane, KnaresboroughPrice: £1.5m

This Art Deco villa is in a quiet, south-facing spot with a huge garden and breathtaking rural views yet it's within walking distance of Knaresborough's town centre and its train station.

Its position is one of the reasons Wayne Underwood bought the house five years ago.

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“Properties with gardens and views like this are usually quite remote but while this house has a rural feel, it is close to town and there are other houses on the lane, which makes it great for a family as the children aren't isolated. They are able to make friends in what is a very pleasant small community.

“It's also a short drive into Harrogate and it's only half an hour from York.”

The garden and grounds stretch to 3.5 acres and lead down to the River Nidd, where the property has fishing rights.

“The garden is a sun trap. It's like being on the Riviera in summer and there are some lovely walks along the river to Ripley Castle,” says Mr Underwood, who adds that the property also holds plenty of potential.

The loft could be converted into a cinema room and there is also space for a swimming pool in the grounds.

Planning permission was previously given to convert stables into a triple garage with office space above and there is consent to replace an existing garage with a large kitchen and dining area that would make the most of the views.

The 4,500 sq ft house has a main reception hall with an Art Deco curved staircase, a fireplace with a solid fuel burning stove and a feature bay window.

This leads to an inner hall with cloakroom and guest wc. The main drawing room has an open fireplace, window seat and double doors leading out onto the rear sun terrace.

There is also a large dining room, a snug with characterful domed ceilings and arched windows, a study and a large breakfast kitchen.

The ground floor also has a utility room and a rear hall with access to the garage and workshop. On the first floor, there is a master bedroom with wardrobes and en-suite bathroom, a guest bedroom with en-suite shower room, three further bedrooms and a house bathroom.

Outside, there are grounds with mature trees, shrubs and lawns leading to the river. There are two garages, a workshop and timber stables.

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