An elegant English mansion with a lodge house, coach house and more outbuildings offering immense potential. Set within spacious grounds in one of the region’s most popular village locations. A true gem.
Warley Town is one of those places, it’s a destination where those in the know gravitate to and for good reason. There is a charming centre which has beautiful architecture and a great pub. There are a range of general facilities within nearby Sowerby Bridge. The centre of Halifax is readily accessible and you can drive out into the wild, rugged moorland countryside beyond Hebden Bridge.
For a rural location this is also a surprisingly convenient place to live. The M62 is within a reasonable striking distance and this allows commuting access to Leeds and Manchester.
If you want to be a discreet Lord of the Manor, spending your time enjoying an exceptional home which has the character of an estate but without the workload of maintaining extensive grounds, Cliff Hill should be the natural choice for you.
Firstly, just look at the exterior. What a beautiful home, it’s sophisticated, impressive and discreet.
The long stone boundary walls which lead you up into Warley provide a very high level of privacy and make an effective boundary for the village cricket club, which sits opposite Cliff Hill. Something very special clearly lies beyond the walls but that is not revealed until you roll up the driveway.
Cliff Hill is arguably the principal house of the area’s most sought after village, even if that doesn’t really matter to you, it’s still nice to know.
This is an authentic Manor House, which is understandably Listed Grade II.
Records of Cliff Hill date back to the late 1500’s and this is the first time it has been available to purchase on the open market. If you have the appetite to take an exceptional old home and bring it into the 21st Century, this is one of the best opportunities available.
As with all old homes, Cliff Hill has evolved over the centuries. The classical architecture is beautiful, and superbly proportioned, we particularly like the long rows of elegant windows on the principal elevations. There are Arts & Crafts influences in the large reception room and study. Some other rooms have a subtle Art Deco twist following a 1930’s refurbishment.
Perhaps it is now your turn to be the next custodian. You can either enjoy this fine home with subtle, updates or take the whole property to the next level. If you have the inclination, this could become an ultimate blend of old and new. The opportunity is there, if you are ready. Subject to consents.
The main house is very comfortable and a great family home. The adjoining barn offers a great deal of potential and the side wing of the main house is just waiting to become an annexe. This area could easily accommodate your parents, a very lucky child or a live-in nanny in great comfort and style.
The Lodge house is a beautiful piece of architecture in it’s own right. It could also make a superb annexe. Alternatively, if you run your empire from home, this could make a superb office, with easy parking on the front forecourt. That would make for a very nice commute.
The space above the garage used to be accessed via an external staircase but an internal one may be possible. We would love to see this space become a party and games room with a bar, ideal for a knees up with your nearest and dearest.
The row of outbuildings which run from the boiler house also has the potential to be converted into superb staff quarters or an annexe or office suite.
There is extraordinary potential here.
The Ground Floor
Upon arriving here, you may use the main drive to relish the architecture, or head straight into the courtyard, to park in the garage and wander across to the side hall.
We will start at the front hall, where you may welcome your guests.
You arrive through the pillared entrance portico and into a vestibule. Leaded glass panelled double doors lead through to the beautiful reception hall. In the daytime, light flows down from the roof-light above the first floor galleried landing, in the evening, the staircase figurine creates a warm and welcoming glow.
Turn left into the oak panelled study. This relaxing space is rich in subtle details. Hopefully the fire is lit, lighting the herringbone tiles and carved wooden surround. Push the panelling above the bookcase to open the bar. A slice of sophisticated golden years glamour. The curved glass shelves hold glasses above the sliding platform which reveals cool lead bottle holders. A door leads to the drive and pool beyond.
Across the hall, you have a light drawing room with delicate mouldings and another open fire within a marble surround, perfect for spring and summer mornings or more formal occasions.
We love the central stairwell. The roof-light is a beautiful feature, sophisticated yet subtle, which just about sums up Cliff Hill. There’s a stylish loo off to the left and a door within the stair panelling leads down to one of the cellars. The keeping cellar can house a serious collection of vintages but it could also be fun to arrange the larger room as an intimate bar, a very nice way to see the night off.
At the end of the hall, you can turn right into a very spacious dining room, or go straight ahead into the largest room in the house, the former billiards room. This has an Arts & Crafts style, with leaded glass windows and a rustic tiled fireplace. With the benefits of consent this room could make an excellent all in one kitchen area. Two windows look out over the drive, to the pool and summerhouse, enabling you to watch the kids play as you prepare lunch. A side window looks into the courtyard so you can see the comings and goings. As it stands, this big room is a great place for a party, there’s plenty of space to dance and it would look great with a Christmas tree.
Double doors, by Liberty of London, lead from the large reception room to the rear hall, which has a boot room and store, perfect for outdoor coats, garden clobber, waders, and guests coats.
The kitchen looks out over the front lawn and has a range of solid cabinets, arranged around a central island with a hob. This kitchen is completely serviceable but we anticipate that you may want to create your own dream kitchen here. The adjoining breakfast room has covered stairs which lead down into a couple of barrel vaulted keeping cellars which aren’t currently used. The first room has a game cabinet and the second room is quite large and could potentially become a very interesting space. With a fair bit of work, we could see a home cinema down here.
A service corridor leads from the kitchen to the dining room, past a laundry and Butler’s pantry which has great original cabinets. This is the perfect place to store, protect and display your finery, right where you need it. The dining room has a fireplace and a large recessed arch. A patio door leads onto a terrace with stone balustrades and steps down to the lawn. Ideal for a summer garden party, with your guests on the lawn, or for wandering out after pudding for a brandy and cigar. However you may choose to use it, this is a great room which deserves to be enjoyed regularly.
The First Floor
Head up the fine staircase, beneath the beautiful panelled skylight and onto the galleried landing, a nice private family space.
The master bedroom has views over the pool and through the trees, to the valley beyond. There is an en suite bathroom and a fitted dressing room. The second suite has a connecting door to the master dressing room. It would be great to combine all these rooms into one superb suite. This could have a spacious bedroom, two en suites and two dressing rooms, one of which could also provide a nice sitting area. An inner sanctuary, a great place to start or end the day.
The second suite and the third bedroom sit off the landing, accessed through a wood panelled arch. There is a spacious fourth bedroom. The landing continues to an inner landing with a shower, an airing cupboard and access to the house bathroom. This is a convenient area for all the kids to get washed at once. The fifth bedroom has an arched recess which would make a great bed surround.
The first floor side wing has a series of rooms and a staircase down to the stables and barn. This area is in basic but solid condition. A great blank canvas. A refurbishment could transform this area and create anything from a library and study area, games rooms, a smart office or a two bedroom apartment. All subject to consents.
The Barn, Courtyard, Coach House and Outbuildings
The barn is currently a large open structure, it has some nice masonry but lacks a roof. Large, arched barn doors lead onto the cobbled forecourt opposite the cricket club. With some subtle landscaping, this could become a beautiful area, a gift to the street scene. The stables and an open barn are under lean-to roofs at the courtyard end of the barn.
The barn has largely been left to look after itself for a while but there is so much potential. It could easily be arranged as a beautiful piazza garden, the perfect bbq and summer garden party venue. There is clear potential for onward development. You could have nice kennels, stables, tack room, work shop, garaging and storage. With offices and a flat above. Perhaps an indoor swimming pool and leisure suite.
You may be able to build a substantial additional home here, for your family, friends or guests. It may have commercial potential, for a small design and manufacturing business, a tea room or boutique B&B. Holiday lets or a gallery.
Whatever your use, the barn is a great asset. It offers the potential to significantly extend a cherished listed building. An exceptional opportunity to put your mark on a historic home and bring it into the 21st Century.
There is something very special about the courtyard. It connects the side entrance hall, the barn, the coach house and outbuildings. From the drive, you arrive under an archway. From the road, you arrive through large gates within very sturdy stone posts. A charming alley runs in between the coach house and outbuildings into a secondary courtyard which also has gates off Cliff Hill Lane.
The coach house and outbuildings can also be enjoyed as they are or developed into more superb and very useable space. There are two sizeable garages and a workshop on the ground floor of the coach house. The first floor is currently an open space with windows into the courtyard and exposed roof timbers. There is a lot of potential here for more accommodation. It could be a great games room, gym, office space or annexe living area.
The boiler house is another interesting external room, a great store which also has potential to be developed. The boiler plant is mainly housed on a lower floor. A series of stores adjoin the boiler house. You can create a potting shed and lots of general storage for hobby equipment here. There’s a gardener’s loo and a former oil tank store, both of which need a new roof. If you were to develop the buildings in this area, you could also create private gardens, patio space, parking and garaging in and around the second courtyard.
The beautiful lodge house sits at the end of the driveway, just beyond the fine wrought iron gates. The interior has been stripped and is now ready to be fitted to suit your needs. It was formerly a two bedroom cottage and it now offers great scope. There are nicely designed windows looking on to the front driveway.
This could make an excellent home for relatives, a superb home office or an outstanding games and leisure area. Potentially the ultimate man cave.
Clearly you could accommodate family or staff in comfort and style here. Allowing independence and privacy, all within a short walk of the house.
The Gardens, Terraces and Swimming Pool
The principal lawn runs between the house and drive, this flat area is fairly sheltered by the mature boundary trees and is a great place for garden parties or a round of French Cricket.
Paths lead down from the far side of the driveway, down towards a Victorian rockery garden which has mature trees, ferns and a series of four ponds which can be united to create a free-flowing water feature, all set within borders of stone. This is a great place for an evening promenade and perfect for hide and seek. Large stone steps lead down from the rockery garden to a lower level which is quite over grown but could easily become a great secure garden, a really good place for all the swings, slides and trampolines, easily accessible but out of sight.
On the far side of the house, adjoining the courtyard, there is a side garden with a summerhouse which leads to the outdoor, heated swimming pool. This is a great place for the family to enjoy on hot summer days. There are places where you can sunbath around the pool and steps lead up to a raised terrace, which is perfect for al-fresco lunches.
The terrace sits within what used to be a glass house, which has a sweet, red-brick former boiler house. It would be lovely to re-instate an orangery here and the boiler house could possibly be converted into a little den. With the right approach it may be possible to create an indoor pool by constructing a sympathetic structure around the entire swimming pool and former glass house area, which backs onto the outbuildings along from the boiler house.
You walk down from the terrace into a large triangular terraced garden, which is surrounded by the high stone walls. This former kitchen garden could be further landscaped to create a beautiful ornate garden or with the right approach it could once again be a very productive area. The walls create a micro-climate which helps to grow more delicate produce. However you would choose to use this superb space, this is a great place to be and a very exciting project.