Orchard House, Castle Grove, Harden
Dacre, Son & Hartley, Bingley
Telephone 01274 560421
THE current owners have lived in this lovely family home since just before the end of the last century.
“We moved in just before the millennium, in October 1999.”
David and Janice Rodney had bought the plot of land and had the house designed and built in 1978 for their growing family.
“Because it was designed for them it is quite unique and seems to have lots of light and space with big windows.
“We have the original document from 1919 detailing the sale of the land which was used as an orchard from Henry Bailey, a retired joiner to John Hill, a spring maker for the princely sum of £27 pounds 6s and 7d.”
“We fell in love with the house as soon as we looked around because of the sense of space with the wide hallways and landing and the great views out into the garden.
“My younger daughter wanted to know if the Rodneys' tortoise Pedro who wandered around the garden came with the house.
“When we moved in the colour scheme was the height of fashion for twenty years earlier with a bright orange kitchen and a bathroom with navy blue tiles, bath, shower and sink.
“When we updated these we took the opportunity to swap the kitchen around and build patio doors into the garden.”
The current owners are quite right when they say this is a very individual home, being detached with five bedrooms, offering superbly presented family living accommodation planned over two floors and enjoying a fine aspect at the rear towards the Aire Valley.
Situated within a prestigious residential location, this is a deceptively spacious and individually designed five bedroom detached home offering good sized family living accommodation planned over two floors.
Tastefully presented throughout, the interior includes modern dining kitchen with a range of quality base and wall units, granite work surfaces, fitted display cabinets, integrated fridge and freezer, built in dishwasher, tiled floor, bathroom and ensuite facilities together with gas heating and uPVC double glazing.
“We think the lounge is our favourite room because it faces South and offers such a great view and access into the garden through the patio doors. In summer we arrange the furniture to look out and in the winter we can swap it around to gather round the open fire.”
The property is complemented by a superb corner plot position enjoying large and beautifully presented landscaped gardens which include lawns, flowerbeds, mature trees and shrubs, paved patio area, summer house, vegetable beds, a large driveway, a double garage and a superb aspect towards the Aire Valley at the rear.
“We have gradually developed the garden to include water features, a pergola and a summer house.
“We have so many happy memories of parties for significant events using the space inside and outside as it was intended. We have had celebrations for our Silver Wedding, the girls' 18th and 21st parties and most recently a 60th birthday.”
Harden is a lovely village and few places can boast all the essentials such as two good pubs for dining, a newsagent and post office with a butcher, corner shop and Indian takeaway as well as a beauty salon and pharmacy.
“There is so much going on each week with classes and events in the village hall and the two church halls.
This is a lovely area if you enjoy walking. “You can walk out of the house and straight up onto Harden Moor, into Bingley St Ives estate or down into Goit Stock Woods.”