Blake Lee Lane, Marsden, Huddersfield£850,000
5 bed Detached Residence, Huddersfield
This fabulous residence is one of the area's most fascinating properties. Steeped in history and occupying a fantastic rural moorland location, it has panoramic Pennine views. The property offers 3 reception rooms along with a substantial dining kitchen, utility room, downstairs w.c., walk-in pantry and store rooms. There are 4 double bedrooms along with a mezzanine currently used as a fifth double bedroom, house bathroom along with en suite facilities to bedroom 3. The property sits within over half an acre of gardens and grounds.
Full DetailsABOUT HIGHER GREEN OWLERS This fabulous residence is one of the area's most fascinating properties. Steeped in history and occupying a fantastic rural moorland location it has panoramic Pennine views. The property offers 3 reception rooms along with a substantial dining kitchen, utility room, downstairs w.c., walk-in pantry and store rooms. There are 4 double bedrooms along with a mezzanine currently used as a fifth double bedroom, house bathroom along with en suite facilities to bedroom 3. The property sits within over half an acre of gardens and grounds. These include ample parking and turning area, courtyard with brewing vats leading to the former brewery and vaulted underground cellar. There are extensive mature gardens and terraces with very well stocked fruit and vegetable beds, and access into an orchard complete with hen house.
HISTORY With a datestone of 1610, Higher Green Owlers is believed to be one of Marsden's oldest and most significant buildings. It was built in the 'Jacobean' period as a farmhouse consisting of three weaving cottages with mullioned windows. A barn was added 150 years later. Sitting on the old packhorse route, halfway between Scammonden and Marsden, made it a convenient rest stop for the passing trade. So in the mid-1800s, the enterprising owner opened a brewery. Remarkably, you will still find within the courtyard, the substantial remains of four stone brewing vats thought to be the best remaining examples of such Yorkshire Squares in the County. Alongside there is an impressive barrel-vaulted brewing cellar built into the hillside.
The house, as it stands today has an impressive, almost Manor House frontage behind which you will find ample family sized accommodation with many period features all blending exceptionally well with the more modern interior.
GROUND FLOOR The period style solid oak entrance door with cast iron studwork opens into:-
PORCH Of lean-to construction and having mullioned windows to the front, tiled floor, meter cupboard and locking post-box. A timber and glazed panel door leads through to:-
DINING AREA 14' 5" x 13' 3" (4.39m x 4.04m) The dining area has mullioned windows to the front and a window to the side offering fine views of the rolling moorland hills. The original fireplace and exposed stonework chimney breast create a nice focal point. This spacious area also has a tiled floor, exposed beam, and is open to:-
KITCHEN 15' 9" x 10' 6" (4.8m x 3.2m) This spacious kitchen has been fitted out in a country style with a range of beech, mainly free standing, units with open storage and baskets beneath, some with butcher's block work surfaces and some granite which incorporates the Belfast sink with mixer tap. The central island unit has a power supply and backs on to the 'Lacanche' stainless steel range cooker which has two large electric ovens and a five burner hob with independent propane gas supply, and an extractor canopy over. The kitchen has a tiled floor, plumbing for a dishwasher, and space for both a larder style fridge and freezer.
WALK IN PANTRY 16' 7" x 4' 2" (5.05m x 1.27m) Located at the back of the kitchen with automatic lighting. There are extensive storage shelves, a stone keeping slab, and tiled floor. Built into the hillside, it remains cool all year round.
UTILITY / BOOT ROOM 12 ' 10" x 9' 2" (3.91m x 2.79m) A good-sized utility area with a double bowl Belfast sink on chrome legs, plumbing for a washing machine, windows and views to the front and side, and a sectional oak entrance door to the front with cast iron bracing and door furniture. The utility room also houses the 'Firebird' oil fired central heating boiler with smart heating system, and cupboard.
UTILITY CUPBOARD Another useful storage space which is shelved and has a tiled floor.
CLOAKROOM Fitted with a traditional style white suite comprising a low flush w.c., and pedestal wash basin with tiled splashback. There is a ladder style radiator, extractor fan, and tiled floor.
RECEPTION HALL 21' 4" x 9' 7" (6.5m x 2.92m) A good-sized reception area featuring an original stone fireplace and exposed stone chimney breast. There are beams, stone mullioned windows to the front, ceiling spotlights, and a return staircase rising to the first floor with painted spindles and natural wood handrail and newel posts.
LIVING ROOM 16' 1" x 16' 1" (4.9m x 4.9m) A lovely room with a 'Clearview' wood burning stove resting on a stone hearth set into the original stonework chimney breast. This gorgeous room also has a stone flagged floor, exposed beams, mullioned windows to the front with seat below, offering fabulous views, window to the side overlooking the courtyard and outbuildings, and a glazed panel external door takes you out to the courtyard. There is access to two store rooms; a fuel store and a workshop.
LANDING A split-level landing with door separating the two levels. The initial landing has a continuation of the painted spindles and natural wood handrail overlooking the staircase, broad floorboards, and stone mullioned window to the rear providing ample natural light over the staircase and landing. There is access to a good-sized linen store, two loft hatches, and a glass fronted display cabinet set into a recess.
BEDROOM 1 16' 8" x 11' 3" (5.08m x 3.43m) A delightful double bedroom with two banks of stone mullioned windows to the front which offer stunning views. There is an exposed purlin, and stonework chimney breast.
BEDROOM 2 17' 0" x 10' 9" (5.18m x 3.28m) Another well proportioned double bedroom two banks of stone mullioned windows to the rear, a window to the side, and exposed purlin.
HOUSE BATHROOM 12' 0" x 9' 8" (3.66m x 2.95m) The bathroom has stone mullioned windows providing far reaching views to the front, ceiling spotlights, heated towel rail, dado rail with limestone tiling below, and tiled floor with under-floor heating. Fitted with a traditional style white suite comprising a low flush w.c., wall mounted vanity wash basin, and a cast iron roll top bath on clawed feet with a central mixer tap and hand-held shower head. There is a walk-in shower with tiled walls and antique marble floor with a rainfall shower over, extractor fan and light.
UPPER LANDING The second landing area has a Chinese slate tiled floor, leads to bedrooms 3 and 4 and then opens out to the sitting room at the far end.
BEDROOM 3 11' 9" x 10' 4" (3.58m x 3.15m) This is a lovely bedroom with fitted double wardrobe, stone mullioned windows and views to the front, exposed purlin, and thrid loft access.
EN SUITE SHOWER ROOM 11' 9" x 5' 5" (3.58m x 1.65m) The spacious en suite facilities comprise a white suite including a low flush w.c., and a circular wash basin on a granite vanity top with open storage beneath. There is a walk-in showering area with dual head shower system over, tiled walls and floor with under floor heating, ceiling spotlights, extractor fan, exposed purlin, and stone mullioned windows to the front.
BEDROOM 4 / STUDY 11' 11" x 9' 9" (3.63m x 2.97m) A double bedroom currently used as a home office. There is a mullioned window to the rear with oak lintel over and ceiling spotlights.
SITTING ROOM 19' 3 max" x 17' 5" (5.87m x 5.31m) A substantial reception room enjoying an abundance of natural light courtesy of the glazed former barn opening with stone reveals and a large oak lintel above, two banks of mullioned windows to the side providing moorland views, and another window to the front. There is a corner chimney breast housing an oil-fired stove resting on a stone hearth. The room is finished with an under-floor heated Chinese slate tiled floor, and is open to a high roof pitch with a magnificent sweeping oak staircase rising to the mezzanine level above.
MEZZANINE ROOM 19' 5" x 16' 2" (5.92m x 4.93m) The Oak staircase with matching balustrading, handrail and newel posts continues along, creating a gallery overlooking the sitting room. This substantial mezzanine is currently used as an occasional bedroom but could be utilised for a variety of purposes, possibly a library, music gallery or hobby room. There are exposed roof timbers, and a high-level feature arched window.
TECH The property benefits from a remotely monitored alarm and smoke detection system. A Honeywell Evohome smart heating and water system is also in place and can be controlled remotely. There is widespread Ethernet cabling, and a wired-in, integrated Hi-Fi system.
VIEWING By appointment with Wm. Sykes & Son.
LOCATION From the top of Peel Street in the centre of Marsden, follow the road down to the bottom of the High Street, continue round to the left then up Station Road. The road bends right and crosses over the railway bridge. Turn left onto Reddisher Road. Follow the road for a mile (Reddisher Road becomes Waters Road). Continue straight ahead onto Blake Lea Lane where the road starts to climb. After 3 bends the road levels out. Pass Bank Top Farm on the left, Lower Green Owlers (painted white) on the right and down to where the road forks where you will find our 'For Sale' board. Take the right hand fork, pass over the cattle grid and proceed up the hill to Higher Green Owlers.
OUTSIDE The electric farmhouse entrance gate opens to a sizeable stone setted parking and turning area. Circular steps lead down to a lawned front garden with well-established trees and shrubs, and access to the pond and composting area. At the far side of the house there is a gravelled courtyard where you will find the remains of the 4 brewing vats, a lovely 3 trough water feature, and access at the back of the house to the substantial underground vaulted cellar which has a stone flagged floor and was probably used as part of the brewery. The cellar now houses the UV filtration system for the property's own spring water supply. The former brewery buildings are to be found elevated at the side of the courtyard, parts of which are still standing and on which Listed Building Consent was achieved in 2001 to partly restore.There are expansive gardens surrounding the perimeter of the house which are mainly lawned and where you will also find well stocked, tiered vegetable and soft fruit beds, along with an extensively planted mature flower bed, all within a raised area held back by a curved dry stone wall which incorporates two stone seats. There are two patio areas, the upper one is of gravel and stone sets and flags, and the lower, immediately in front of the glazed barn opening, is stone flagged. You will find access into the enclosed orchard which currently houses the hen hut. At the side of the house there is a base for a summer house, lean-to log store, alongside which the propane gas cylinders (for the cooker) are stored.