Dating back to the 17th Century in Origin the property was owned by the Armytage family of Kirklees Hall. Joseph Ismay, vicar of Mirfield, used the house as his vicarage from 1740 until his death in 1778. Also used by later vicars in the following years.
Occupying a corner spot in one of Midfields Premier locations, steeped in history yet close to transport links and well regarded schools, we expect interest to be high. Viewing strictly by appointment only.
Entrance Hall Solid timber front door opens into a full height entrance with natural light courtesy of the high sash window above the door. From the hallway access is provided to three of the main reception rooms with stairs rising to the spacious first floor upper landing which has an area which would be ideally suited to use as a study/reading area. Just off this hallway is a walk in cupboard with useful hanging rail.
Drawing Room A more formal reception room of large proportions with deep skirts, and encased beams with ceiling rose overhead adding to the grandeur. A window seat sits under a large sash window providing attractive views over the front garden, centrally placed is a solid stone fireplace housing a log burning stove.
Dining Room An elegant room accessed directly from the entrance hall, with ample space to accommodate a table to seat eight or more guests thus making it ideal for dinner parties or large family gatherings, also having a feature log effect fire set within a stone clad surround and another large sash window looking over the front gardens.
Study/Sitting Room A more compact reception room yet still well proportioned, having a characterful feel with exposed beams to the ceiling and a brick fireplace housing a coal effect gas fire. It would lend itself well to use as a teenagers' lounge or perhaps a study attractive to those buyers who wish to work from home. This room has access doors leading to both the entrance hall and to the dining area respectively.
Kitchen and Dining Area Fitted with a range of wooden units topped with cream work surfaces and one and a half stainless steel sink and drainer inset with swan neck mixer tap over and room beneath for both a dishwasher and fridge. The kitchen also has single width freestanding Aga containing a double oven and four ring gas hob above. Adjoining the kitchen is a dining area with built in corner seating area with exposed beams and rafters overhead, a door leads off to the aforementioned sitting room whilst a second door leads through to a small hallway with a separate cloak room fitted with W.C. and hand wash basin. There is scope to combine both the kitchen and dining area to create a larger open plan space if desired, subject to the necessary consents.
Cellar A folding door in the kitchen opens to lead down stone steps to the cellar which retains two original stone flag keeping tables.
Playroom/Cinema Room Steps lead up from the kitchen to a pantry and cloak area also housing the boiler, which in turn leads to a large room which would be ideally suited to use as perhaps a cinema room or play room, having exposed wooden floorboards and built in storage cupboard. An external door leads out to the side patio. The room is equipped with both power and light supply yet is left as a blank canvas for a buyer to decorate and finish to their own tastes. At one time in the property's history this was also used as a bedroom and has potential to revert back if required.
Bedrooms Located to the first floor are four large double bedrooms all of which display traditional features such as open grate fireplaces and period style sash windows. The first bedroom is located to the far side of the property next to the house bathroom - which offers great potential to combine to create ensuite facilities if required.
House Bathroom A quirky bathroom set across two levels, the first level accommodates the W.C. whilst the second is fitted with bath and overhead shower and a vanity unit with hand wash basin inset. An overhead exposed beam makes a delightful feature and the bathroom is finished with partially tiled walls. The bathroom would benefit from modernisation but is perfectly functionable as it stands.
Garage Externally a single garage is attached to the main house, fitted with an inspection pit thus ideal for a workshop or similar.
The Coach House Included in the sale is a substantial outbuilding, thought to be the original coach house however currently used as a second garage with up and over door. The possibilities and potential of this are not to be overlooked, internally the first area has a full height ceiling with a stunning display of beams and rafters above, ladders then lead up to a loft area which spans across approximately half of the footprint of the building. Also on ground floor level are two rooms, the first of which has two windows to the front and retains the original stable partitions. Accessed from the rear of the building via a thumb and latch door is the old tack room where an old fireplace remains. The coach house would be of great interest to those buyers needing to accommodate two generations of family within their next move, with exciting annexe potential subject to the relevant consents. Alternatively one may wish to look further into the prospects of conversion to a holiday let or simply as a separate guest house the possibilities are endless!
Gardens Much of the appeal of Ivy Lodge lies within the extensive gardens, accessed via wooden gates leading to a private driveway with parking for six or more cars. Once the gates are shut the gardens are totally enclosed and benefit from a high level of privacy. The total plot is thought to amount to over half an acre and is split into three individual gardens, the front garden is well presented with raised planted areas and a lawn split by the pathway leading to the front entrance door of Ivy Lodge. To the side of the property is a charming cottage garden with a variety of plants and herbs spilling over a stone flagged patio, leading through to an expansive flat lawn bordered by gravelled pathways. The entire garden is a true delight and enclosed by both hedging and a tall brick wall, with several mature trees dotted in and amongst the planted borders enhancing the privacy further it must be viewed to fully appreciate.