Ben Rhydding Drive, Ben Rhydding, Ilkley, LS29
A beautifully proportioned five-bedroom Victorian villa, sympathetically extended and offering exquisite period details blending with contemporary style. Centrally positioned amidst delightful parkland style grounds of around 1.3 Ha (3.22 acres), yet only ½ a mile from the local amenities and railway station within Ben Rhydding.
Wheatley Chase is one of Ilkley's elusive hidden gems - a beautiful and substantial family home so typical of the pinnacle of the Ilkley property market - and yet frustratingly rarely available.
In the current ownership since 2005, the property was sympathetically extended in 2008 and has been subject to a comprehensive range of improvements since that time.
Wheatley Chase retains many of the quality internal features from the time of its construction. These have been effortlessly combined to suit the requirements of contemporary luxury living. Stone mullions; epic fireplaces; an original oak staircase and finials; stained glass and impressive cornicing mix with sumptuous bathrooms, a breath taking living kitchen with gallery over - and an overall sense of elegance, space and a unique and special living environment.
Stone Porch; welcoming Reception Hall with elegant staircase off; triple aspect L-shaped Living Room enjoying wonderful garden views; Dining Room; stunning Living Kitchen incorporating preparation, seating, dining and family areas, with French doors to terraces and gardens on two sides; south facing Morning Room; side Entrance Hall with Utility and Cloaks. Lower ground floor - Games/Playroom; Boiler Room/Laundry; Pantry; useful Store.
First floor landing with feature mullioned windows and gallery overlooking the Living Kitchen; Principal Bedroom Suite incorporating a large Double Bedroom with far reaching views, adjacent Dressing Room and luxury En-suite Bathroom; Bedroom two - well-proportioned with a Dressing Room and sumptuous En-suite; Bedroom Three with adjacent Dressing Room and Luxury Bathroom; Gym/Hobbies Room.
Second floor - Two further well-proportioned Double Bedrooms; Study/Dressing Room; contemporary House Bathroom. Extensive storage.
Gardens and Grounds
For a family home so convenient for local amenities, Wheatley Chase enjoys a high degree of privacy and peace thanks to its central position amidst delightful grounds which extend to around 3.22 acres. There are sweeping lawns, colourful and well-stocked borders and an array of mature specimen trees which add to the scale and sense of timelessness of the site.
A walk within the gardens reveals some wonderful amenities including a hard tennis court, charming croquet lawn and a ''secret garden' affording lovely aspects towards the house. Stunning, sun-drenched terraces surround the whole property offering perfect outside entertaining spaces.
For visitors there is comprehensive guest parking, whilst a second driveway leads to an expansive parking court and double garage which has an attractive, stone-built kennel/outbuilding to the rear. This area of the grounds has considerable potential to create a wonderful courtyard environment with further garaging, a guest annexe or leisure suite - taking advantage of the uninterrupted westerly views and stunning summer sunsets - subject of course to formal consents
Originally known as Thorn Garth, this impressive period home was constructed in 1894, a period when Ilkley was going through substantial expansion as a fashionable Spa town. Indeed, the Ben Rhydding Hydropathic Establishment was located just half a mile or so from what is now known as Wheatley Chase.
The property was commissioned by a prominent Bradford industrialist, Joseph Hill, who was a Justice of the Peace for the City of Bradford and held numerous titles and directorships including Chairman of the Shipley Gas Company, President of the Bradford Savings Bank, Director of St. George's Hall and Governor of Bradford Girls' Grammar School. As befitting such an illustrious Victorian, Hill secured his own coat of arms, an example of which remain within the stained glass window in the reception hall of Wheatley Chase.
The architect was Edward J Dodgshun - a nationally renowned figure well known for fusing Victorian with Arts & Crafts architectural references. Dodgshun's most notable work was the first Shakespeare Memorial Theatre (now the Swan Theatre) at Stratford-upon-Avon.
Wheatley Chase is to be found around a mile and a half from the centre of Ilkley, proudly standing at the head of a laurel tree lined drive amidst beautiful, mature, semi parkland grounds which extend to around 1.3 Ha (3.22 acres). The North/South orientation of the house floods the principal rooms with natural light, whilst far reaching views across Wharfedale take in Beamsley Beacon, the adjoining moors and the iconic Cow & Calf rocks.
Local amenities are on offer within Ben Rhydding and include everyday shops, pub/restaurants, a primary school and local Metro station. Central Ilkley is a little further afield and is renowned for it's first-class shopping environment where ''High Street' stores rub shoulders with a colourful mix of independent shops. There are comprehensive dining opportunities, from fine dining to family favourites along with a local cinema and the Winter Gardens which regularly host popular performances. The town is blessed with well regarded schools, although a number of private schools for children of all ages are within easy access.
Ilkley is surrounded by some of the finest countryside in the region - the river Wharfe and rugged moors offering many an opportunity for rural pursuits including stunning walks, challenging mountain biking and road cycling. Local clubs cater for traditional sports such as hockey, rugby, tennis and golf.
Beyond this wonderful setting the town forms an ideal base for the West Yorkshire business traveller, with the local cities of Leeds and Bradford, as well as nearby Harrogate, all being within comfortable daily travelling distance. From Ben Rhydding station there are frequent services throughout the day into both local cities, and from Leeds there are regular onwards connections to London King's Cross. Leeds Bradford International airport is 9 miles away.
No wonder Ilkley was anointed in spring 2022 as the Sunday Times Best Place to Live!
Please contact the sole agent's Ilkley office on 01943 600655. Alternatively Patrick McCutcheon can be reached on 07801 522184 or by email email@example.com
Town and Country Planning
A certificate of lawfulness has been provided by the local Planning Authority confirming existing permitted development rights for construction of a further detached building offering potential to create a courtyard-style parking court.
The property will be subject to an overage agreement.
J Wright Esq. LCF Residential1 St James Business Park, New Augustus Street, Bradford, West Yorkshire, BD1 5LLjwright@lcf.co.uk
All mains services are installed
From our office in the centre of town head eastward towards Ben Rhydding. Proceed past the parade of shops and then turn right on to Wheatley Lane and then immediately left through the substantial stone gate posts on to Ben Rhydding Drive. The property will be found on the right hand side after half a mile or so.