24 Rectory Lane, Skipton, BD23 1ER£795,000
Sold Subject To Contract
Enjoying a truly enviable central location conveniently situated only a few hundred yards from the High Street and with all other town centre amenities immediately on hand, this unique stone built character home is steeped in local history and benefits from beautiful landscaped gardens enjoying a good degree of privacy whilst also having the great advantage of generous gated driveway parking, a detached double garage and the very attractive additional bonus of a two bedroom self contained annexe/holiday let apartment, currently providing a useful additional annual income and with excellent potential for alternative use by household guests, a dependent relative or perhaps anyone running a business from home.
Playing an interesting role in the town's history, 24 Rectory Lane was originally constructed as a School for girls in 1814 on land gifted by the Skipton Castle Estate and is also understood to have been used as the Estate's Bailiff's quarters during the later Victorian era.
The property is situated in a superb location just off 'The Bailey' close to the town's iconic Medieval Castle and with the very popular Marks and Spencer's Food outlet only circa 200 yards away via the nearby historic Jenny Croft which once served as Skipton's open air Cattle Mart. The name Skipton originates from the term 'Sheep-Town' with the town being famous for its agricultural trading heritage which has taken place for centuries, originally on the High Street itself.
Internally the property benefits from an excellent range of attractive character features such as original folding window shutters, elegant decorative ceiling coving and numerous feature fireplaces with arched alcoves and with two of which including solid fuel stoves. The deceptively spacious accommodation is predominantly planned at ground floor level including a master bedroom with en-suite shower room, a further double bedroom, a stylish house shower room with underfloor heating, a utility room, a front reception hall, a rear entrance porch and hallway, two well planned reception rooms and a spacious open plan living/dining kitchen with impressive range of hand crafted fitted units by local bespoke joinery firm Manor Barn. To the first floor a further double bedroom leads to an adjoining single bedroom/study whilst the first floor also benefits from a further house bathroom. The layout is likely to appeal to a growing family or perhaps those searching for a unique alternative to a bungalow, with the two main bedrooms and bathrooms being at ground floor level. The property is equipped with gas central heating together with UPVC sealed unit double glazing set within complementary light oak coloured frames externally.
Externally, as previously described, there is a generous private block paved driveway with remote controlled gates leading to a double garage/workshop also having light, power and remote controlled up and over doors. Above the garage is a self-contained fully furnished annexe/holiday let apartment equipped with UPVC sealed unit double glazing and a separate gas central heating system. The accommodation is currently let via an Agency with regular bookings and includes one double bedroom, one single bedroom, a four piece bathroom and an open plan living room with kitchen area having open elevated views and patio doors leading onto a small private patio/sitting area. There is a further patio/sitting area adjoining the entrance door, also having views. Further details on the current annual letting income and agency arrangements can be obtained from Harrison Boothman on request.
Despite the property being situated in such a convenient central location, the attractive landscaped gardens enjoy an excellent degree of privacy with views towards the moors and incorporate a range of trees and evergreen hedging together with well stocked colourful borders, two lawned areas, resin bound patios and pathways, beautiful stone built retaining walls, a superb mature copper beech tree and also a delightful timber summerhouse with power.
The increasingly popular market town of Skipton has won many accolades in recent years, being independently judged to be one of the best areas to live in the UK via multiple media sources. Catering to residents of all ages, the town offers the perfect combination of excellent schooling, easy access to countryside and an extensive choice of leisure, shopping and recreational facilities.
The town is intersected by the scenic Leeds/Liverpool canal and is well known for its Medieval Church and Castle together with a bustling High Street featuring an outdoor market on the cobbled 'setts' four days a week. The town offers an excellent mix of independent shops, pubs and cafes in addition to having well known branded stores and a choice of fashionable bars and restaurants. There are excellent public transport links, including a railway station providing regular daily services to Leeds and Bradford. The towns enjoys an annual programme of community events and festivals, attracting an ever increasing degree of tourism. In addition, the beautiful Yorkshire Dales National Park is only a short drive away to the north, offering some of the finest countryside and scenery in the UK.
Certainly representing an extremely rare and exciting opportunity, this truly unique home comprises in further detail: