By John Grainger, Property editor
There are a lot of beautiful parts of Harrogate, but few are more tucked away than the tiny hamlet of Knox.
Oak Beck, which flows through it, used to be crossed by a ford, but the road was closed off in the 1980s, so Knox is now effectively split in two, accessed via no-through roads from Ripon Road on one side and Bilton from the other.
The only crossing now is the grade II-listed 17th-century Spruisty Bridge, which was used by packhorse traffic on the Ripley-to-Knaresborough route.
As a result, traffic nowadays is largely confined to dog-walkers, attracted by the water and the countryside views.
The hamlet grew up around the mill, which is now a private home with waterwheel still visible, and the beck remains an essential feature of the place, attracting deer, kingfishers and even otter.
Living on the very edge of Harrogate provides the best of both worlds. Walk one way and the countryside appears endless; walk the other way, and there’s the convivial Knox Arms pub, with the amenties of Bilton and Skipton Road beyond.
The hamlet is separated from the bulk of Harrogate by Knox Hill, which is dominated and owned by a working farm. Yet it acts more as a shield than a barrier, and the amenities of Ripon Road, such as the Hydro, are only a short walk (and five stiles) away.
The following four properties – two on each side of the beck – are all currently for sale in Knox.
Number 140 Knox Lane (main pic) is a stone-built former farmhouse which has been extended to create a spacious family home.
It has two large reception rooms, five bedrooms and two en suite shower rooms, as well as a family bathroom.
The back garden extends to around 0.7 of an acre and includes a pond and an unusual stone wall feature by a local artist.
It also has two double garages, one currently used as a studio, and the other easily convertible to living accommodation.
Four doors down, 150 Knox Lane (top) is the middle cottage of a stone-built row, which, like 140, faces fields and backs onto woods.
Set over four floors, it has a converted cellar with sitting room, boot-room and utility room, and upstairs there are three bedrooms.
To the rear, it has a long, extended garden, complete with concrete air-raid shelter, on the other side of a shared access track.
Just over the bridge, 7 Knox Mill Lane (middle) is another mid-terrace cottage of a similar vintage.
It’s smaller, with just two floors and two bedrooms, but its views are just as pretty.
It has an enclosed rear courtyard and forecourt garden overlooking the beck and the bridge.
Finally, Bryn Hyfryd (bottom) on Knox Mill Lane is a post-war dormer bungalow in a more elevated position, just up the hill.
It has five bedrooms, ample attic storage space and an attached double garage.
Outside, there are large lawns to the front, a drive for parking and private gardens to the rear which back onto open fields.