Express your creativity in these amazing homes with artist’s studios

The coronavirus lockdown has meant different things to different people, but for thousands it has provided a fantastic opportunity to get creative.

Sunday, 2nd August 2020, 8:00 am
Rougemont, Brook Lane, Weeton - 1.15m with Strutt & Parker, 01423 561274.

Music, dance, arts and crafts have all seen an explosion in interest, and one couple has even made a full-length feature film from their London home.

But, as we have seen in these pages in previous weeks, confinement has also made many people feel the need for more outdoor space, and gardens and balconies have seen an upturn in interest as a result.

For those seized by the urge to get creative, it is indoor space that has been at a premium – if you’ve ever tried your hand at arts or crafts you’ll know all about the need to spread out.

Little Mill, Smelthouses - 800,000 with Dacre, Son & Hartley, 01423 711010.

In property terms, this means that homes with space to create in rank higher than ever on many people’s wish-list, and it doesn’t get much better than having your own private studio. Of course, in theory any spare bedroom can be used as a studio, but the best workspaces are the ones that let in plenty of light.

The following three properties all have artist’s studios of various kinds and are all currently for sale in our area. Buy one now and you can have your own special space to expend your creative energy – whether you’re in lockdown or not. Rougemont is a large detached family home in around an acre of land, at the end of a tree-lined lane off the main street at Weeton, on the rail line between Harrogate and Leeds.

It has a master bedroom with en suite dressing room and bathroom, plus four other bedrooms and two more bathrooms. On the ground floor, there’s a large dining kitchen and dining room, utility room, two reception rooms, library and sun-room, plus a magnificent light-filled studio with outdoor views.

Outside, there’s a detached double garage with boarded loft space for extra storage, plus extensive gardens – including terraces, ponds, greenhouse and shed – which look onto open countryside. Beyond this lie two open-fronted sheds, four stables, a tack room and a gated paddock with vegetable beds and fruit trees.

21 Market Place, Knaresborough - 325,000 with Bridgfords, 01423 866951.

At Smelthouses in Nidderdale, Little Mill is a historic former rope mill which still has its original mill wheel, intact and preserved behind glass in the heart of the home.

On the ground floor there’s a central reception hall, a dining kitchen, utility room, wood-pellet boiler room and large living room. Upstairs, there are four bedrooms, two bathrooms and a fifth which is currently used as an artist’s studio and also has a balcony.

Outside, there are gardens, a pond, three storage sheds, a greenhouse and south-facing patio which gets the last of the evening sun and looks out towards the beck.

Finally, 21 Market Place is a period townhouse right in the heart of Knaresborough. The ground floor is a shop which is currently being used as a studio and has cloakroom facilities and a cellar. On the three upper floors, there is a kitchen, living room, two bedrooms and a shower room. Included in the price is a self-contained dwelling, accessed from the courtyard garden, which includes one bedroom, a shower room and fully-equipped living and kitchen space. This is currently rented out on Airbnb.