Three romantic properties inspired by medieval castles and farmhouses
For some, the perfect romantic property is a quiet country house tucked away down a lane, for others it’s an attic apartment in the heart of the city. Some like it clear and timeless, others bohemian and buzzy.
There seems to be a strong contingent, however, who think their home is their castle and like their property to look the part. The following properties are all reminiscent of castles; what they all have in common are two “wings” connected by a recess – what might historically have been called a “curtain wall”.
None of these mansions have moats, drawbridges or dungeons – nor are they that old – but their designs are all more or less reminiscent of the Middle Ages.
Arguably the most romantic of the three properties is Knox Hall, a Grade II listed early Victorian building which the agent compares to a “fairytale princess castle”. Perched on elevated ground near Low Laithe, above the main road serving Nidderdale, the detached house makes a rather impressive imitation of a French chateau, but according to its official listing it was probably built for the owner or manager of Knox Mill, a rope and twine mill on the northern edge of Harrogate.
Now restored and extended, it retains many of its original features, such as beams, stone floors and leaded lancet windows. It has five bedrooms, two bathrooms, a laundry room, an office, a kitchen, two reception rooms and a lovely veranda, and all the last four of these rooms enjoy stunning views over the valley. Outside there are gardens with terraces and a pond, as well as a detached double garage and off-street parking. An extra £35,000 will even buy you four acres of ‘Enchanted Woods’ behind the house.
Westfield in Green Hammerton seems to be inspired by the same sources. Pleasantly symmetrical, its facade features an entrance door flanked by angular “twin turrets” on one level. Inside, beyond the reception hall, there are four bedrooms (including one on the ground floor, in one of these turrets), a living room, a kitchen and a fantastic 25-foot veranda. long. The house also has a detached detached garage and 0.83 acres of gardens to the rear, where there is also a large brick outbuilding which could be converted, subject to the necessary consent.
To finish, Rosedale Mansion is a large house whose half-timbered design owes more to “old-fashioned” farmhouses than to medieval castles, but nevertheless exudes a strong odor of romance. Its front door is also recessed between the wings and opens into a large and wide entrance hall supported by strong vertical beams. At the head of this are the spacious kitchen / dining room (with central island), the laundry room, the office, the library and two large reception rooms, one in each “wing”. Upstairs there are five bedrooms and three bathrooms, all opening onto a large landing. The house stands on an exceptionally large plot and has 0.6 acres of gardens, with patio, gravelled driveway and triple garage.