Carleton Park Avenue, Pontefract
- Expansive Five Bedroom Detached
- Highly Sought After Cul-De-Sac Location
- Outline Planning for Residential Property to Side Garden (Expired)
- Impressive Reception Hallway with Original Parquet Flooring
- Five Reception Rooms to Ground Floor
- Family Bathroom and Separate Shower Room
- Billiard Room to Attic Space
- Expansive Garden with Patio, Vegetable Plot and Fruit Trees
- Multiple Off-Street Parking and Detached Carport
- Close to Schools and Transport Links
Property Description**CARLETON PARK AVENUE**
A Place To Call Home
Everything you need to know about the calibre of this home is answered when you realise the current owner has lived here nearly half a century, and since its 100 years of construction is just the second owner to have made this house their home.
This robustly built, grand five bedroom detached family home is a place to be cherished, located on the sought after Carleton Park area of Pontefract.
Punctuated with many of its original features and fittings, the property offers an abundance of character and endless scope to create your dream home with the bonus of amenities on your doorstep owing to its handy location on the edge of the town centre.
“I love the location. The kids always enjoyed walking into town at the weekends as they were growing up.“
The 1920’s charm of this property is evident as soon as you step through into the porch with the detail of the original Victorian tiles underfoot.
The theme of characterful flooring continues as you move into the hallway onto the warm oak wooden parquet – a real treat for those seeking authenticity from a period home.
The high ceilings and picture rails in here will become a running theme throughout, along with the wooden doors of which some still remain complete with their original locks and bolts.
“The house is quite unique and very solidly made with high-quality engineering bricks.”
Looking out to the landscape of the rear garden, the kitchen serves as a fantastic sociable space for breakfast and casual dining.
With space in the centre for a table and an abundance of units and worktop space around the perimeter, it’s both practical and cosy.
If you’re looking for additional storage then the separate pantry room definitely comes in handy.
Light oak finish units are sympathetic to the rest of the traditional home décor and keen cooks will be pleased to find the double AGA and separate dual Smeg hob.
In addition there is a built-in fridge, microwave and recently replaced dishwasher.
The remaining appliances including the washing machine and freezer are housed within the separate utility space off the kitchen.
This room leads out to the garden and there’s space here aplenty to be used as a coat and boot room as well the laundry room next to the downstairs WC.
“The pantry is super useful. I make my own sloe gin as well as chutneys and jams so this space has always come in really handy.”
Host In Style
An attractive and spacious dining room can be found directly off the hallway to your right.
This room is usually reserved for high days and holidays according to the current owner; a place for formal dining when the extended family get together.
Think Christmas lunch and dinner parties in the perfect area to host.
Spacious Family Living
This home provides optimum reception space for all the family, benefitting from the sitting room off the hallway and a renovated study next to this.
Both come with a satisfying view out to the rear lawn. Either would make a fantastic office to work and manage your business from, or a separate children’s play space depending on the family dynamics.
Morning Has Broken
When the current owner purchased this house back in 1974, the lounge was listed on the particulars as the ‘morning room’ – a name which has remained to this day.
It’s no real surprise once you’ve experienced the sun pouring through the striking bay window in the early hours, that this will be the room of choice for your daily morning coffee.
There’s no need to compromise on furniture in here; there’s plenty of floorspace to work with.
The marble-based, wood-panelled fireplace creates a homely atmosphere and above your natural eyeline the ceiling roses, traditional architraves and cornicing add great intricate detailing.
“We spend so much of our time here; it’s a beautiful room.”
Admire The Garden
No property this size is complete without a conservatory and this peaceful space off the morning room allows you to admire your garden and outdoor space from a different perspective.
Neutrally decorated and finished with wood laminate flooring, it’s a bonus in summer to fling open the patio doors and enjoy the view.
The staircase to the first floor oozes character and grandeur with it’s wide sweeping steps up to an impressive landing, with a stained glass window featured on the mid-landing.
Leading to the bathroom areas and bedroom five, you’re met with a spacious walkway under the decorative original arch with useful fitted wardrobes.
Sitting pretty above the morning room and mirroring this with dual-aspect windows, the master bedroom offers a beautiful bay and high ceilings with picture rails.
The second bedroom is not far behind in terms of size and style, both incredibly generous doubles that you won’t need to argue over.
Room With A View
Each with their own quirky style and character, the three remaining bedrooms are all at the rear of the property.
The largest of these three is a comfortable double size and has a wonderful view of the garden, therefore perfect for guests.
The fourth room above the study features built-in panelled wardrobes and a beautiful, tall bay window.
The fifth bedroom is currently used as a dressing room, but would also make a perfect nursery or could accommodate a single bed. Overall, there’s plenty of scope and options for the demands of a growing family.
In Keeping With Tradition
Not unusually for a property of this era, the upstairs WC, bathroom and shower room are all separate.
Some would find this practical for a large family, but as the toilet and shower are adjoining on one side, there’s potential to knock through to create one larger bathroom.
“We’ve always found the separation really convenient; it also means we could have a larger bathroom rather than trying to squeeze a shower into the same space.”
Time For Games
There’s one more surprise waiting for you beyond a concealed door on the landing.
Take the secret staircase up to another floor and you’ll find the property’s charming and traditional billiards room with classy, dark wooden panelling throughout.
In the centre of the room is a three-quarter sized snooker table which will remain in situ once the property is sold.
This is surrounded by stacks of storage including fitted bookcases and cupboards.
This floor also houses a storage room where the previous water tank lived – now perfect for larger items such as the Christmas decorations which you’ll want to be out of sight and out of mind for most of the year.
Perfect For All Seasons
Arguably saving the best until last is this home’s magnificent garden –
currently maintained by the owner’s grandson.
The outdoor space almost encircles the entire property and you could be forgiven for spending hours on end out here enjoying the outdoors among the mature plants and levels of shrubbery.
Running the full width of the house at the rear is an immaculate grass lawn which was formerly the tennis court.
Directly out from the conservatory is a block paved patio for outside dining and a large, gravelled area which has lapsed planning permission for an additional property if you’re looking to further expand in the coming years.
Among the other highlights are two apple trees planted several decades ago by the current owners, a pond full of fish and two vegetable patches ready for any green-fingered new residents to harvest right away.
The whole garden is surrounded with tall conifers and red brick walls around the perimeter, making it a peaceful haven for sacred family time.
“We also held my daughter’s wedding reception here for 130 people. There were canapés and bellinis in the garden with a marquee on the lawn; it was such a memorable day.”
Area To Explore
Pontefract town centre is undergoing something of a regeneration with new bars, cafes and independent shops opening up for business.
The town centre is less than a 10-minute walk away with all the amenities within extremely easy reach. You also have both a primary school and secondary school accessible by foot.
Also nearby are the villages of Darrington and Ackworth which are both definitely worth a visit.
Darrington is home to the highly-rated Spread Eagle pub while Ackworth offers a busier night-time vibe as well as the private Quaker school and plenty of rural field walks to enjoy.
A move to Carleton Park Avenue will give you an excellent spot with lots of choices for leisure activities over the weekend while during the week you’ll benefit from its well-placed location nearby the UK’s motorway network with the A1 and M62 each within a couple of miles for easy access to Leeds, Manchester, York, Hull and further afield to the North, South, East and West.
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