By John Grainger, Property editor
Most of us are happy with our normal homes.
Which is just as well, because almost by definition, they’re the most abundant kind.
But some people want something more. They want opulence, or history, or... just something different.
There are all sorts of ways to make your home different, but some properties don’t require any modification to make them unique.
The four that follow all have features quirky enough to satisfy a buyer’s taste for the extraordinary, and all are for sale in our area.
Number 11 Castle Ings is a detached house at the head of a quiet cul-de-sac on the edge of Spofforth. The four-bedroom property has recently replaced roof soffits and gutters, and has enviable views across the village towards the 14th-century castle, as well as the cricket club and golf course.
One of its main attractions, though is its 0.321 acres of landscaped gardens, with a range of private lawns, terraces and sun decks.
Standing proudly as a unique centrepiece is also one of the last remaining architectural features of the former Wetherby to Harrogate railway line: a superb Victorian railway viaduct.
Just as imposing in its own way is Millennium House in Knaresborough.
This stunning, architect-designed house is in itself highly unusual, with its rock-face setting, galleried landing and light-filled interior. It has two bedrooms, study area and a large balcony over the double garage, as well as gorgeous views towards the River Nidd. It’s most unusual feature, though, is its fairytale turret, which houses the master bedroom’s en suite shower room.
Like the Spofforth property, Graylings at Darley has beautiful grounds – 1.25 acres of them – as well as two acres of paddock. There’s also a detached double garage, two greenhouses and a garden shed. The detached property, which has five bedrooms, has fantastic views across the sloping lawns down to the River Nidd, and, as the house’s fishy name might suggest, even has fishing rights.
Graylings occupies the site of the former railway stationmaster’s house, which is probably why it still has an original 19th-century working well in the front garden.
Sharow End is a fine detached house on the edge of the village of Sharow, near Ripon. Dating from 1864, it has retained many of its original features, including high ceilings, sash windows, period fireplaces and a magnificent Victorian tiled floor in the reception hall.
As well as its six bedrooms, it has three reception rooms – all south-facing – as well as a study and even a flower room.
It also has stunning grounds, with a Victorian circular pond, rose gardens, paved walkways, an orchard and woodland.
To the north of the house, across a cobbled courtyard, are a wide range of outbuildings which include a large garage/workshop, potting shed, garden stores; to the east there is also an extensive range of greenhouses, together with a vine house. Uniquely, though, there’s also a sunken garden, which – intriguingly – can be accessed via a tunnel from the billiards room!