Award-winning gorgeous Georgian with a modern twist is now for sale
Westgate, Wetherby Price: 1.15m
This remarkable Georgian property has a spectacular riverside location with long-range rural views yet it’s within easy walking distance of Wetherby town centre.
The dining room
The owners, who call it the “the secret house” as it’s hidden from the road, bought it in 1991 and have treated it to two makeovers.
“It had been a house with an apartment downstairs and it was in poor condition when we bought it so we refurbished it then and nine years later we brought in an architect and did a major re-fit,” says Sheila Thewlis, who describes it as a “tranquil and very happy house”.
Manchester-based OMI architects came up with a scheme to completely remodel the interiors and add an extension. The result is a strikingly contemporary home that still retains its historic architectural features and makes the most of the waterside setting.
The design is so impressive, it won two RIBA, Royal Institute of British Architects, awards and a Manchester Society of Architects prize.
The view over the river and the countryside beyond.
Judges were particularly impressed with the modern extension, which includes a family room with large areas of retractable glazing that makes the most of the outstanding views. They also commended the tiered sequence of terraces and walls that lead to the water’s edge.
Andrew Beadnall of Beadnall Copley estate agents says: “This is a magnificent period home with stunningly refurbished accommodation. It is in a glorious and highly convenient location boasting fabulous unspoiled views overlooking the River Wharfe and countryside beyond.”
The property also has fishing and boating rights on the river. Inside, it has a reception hall with a connecting door to the garage, an inner staircase hall, cloakroom, family room with sliding doors to a timber decked balcony, a sitting room with views of the gardens and river, a dining room and a luxurious breakfast kitchen. On the lower ground floor, there is a study with bookcases and views of the gardens and Ings and a laundry room.
Upstairs, there is a master suite with dressing area and en-suite bathroom, a double bedroom and a house bathroom. There are a further two second floor bedrooms and a shower room.
The sitting room, which retains many of its original features.
The property also has an integral double garage, a wine cellar and garden store. Outside, there are magnificent south-facing gardens with full-width terracing and decking areas. Steps lead to the river’s edge.