Property: three homes close to Leeds Bradford Airport
But if you work for one of the region’s growing army of exporters, you might be better off finding somewhere close to our local airport.
Over 4 million passengers pass through Leeds Bradford each year, and that figure may rise if the new chief executive’s plans for a brand-new terminal come to fruition. That could also pave the way for more routes - there are currently over 70 direct and hundreds of further connections.
None of us live all that far away from Leeds Bradford Airport, but frequent fliers may prefer to move even closer, and there are plenty of properties for sale that are close to it.
Those that lie within the Harrogate district – i.e. north of the River Wharfe – tend to be extremely nice. This area, which shelters almost in the shadow of the majestic Almscliffe Crag, includes Huby, Weeton, North Rigton, Stainburn, Leathley and Farnley.
Huby, for example, is just a six-mile drive, or 15 minutes, from the airport, and the commute to Leeds only takes a few minutes more.
If stunning countryside, and close proximity to a well-connected airport sounds like what you’re looking for, you may be interested in one of the following three properties.
Fishpool Farm at Leathley is a detached period farmhouse just outside the Nidderdale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. It has four bedrooms and three bathrooms, and the large roof-space has lapsed planning permission for conversion to two extra bedrooms. Downstairs, there is a breakfast kitchen, utility room, boot room and three reception rooms.
The former stable block has been converted to create an annexe, currently used as a home gym, and a detached stone outbuilding is currently used as a games room but could be linked to the main house to create additional living space, subject to planning permission.
There’s also garaging for four cars with storage above, plus gardens and land extending to 2.647 acres.
Rougemont, near Weeton, is a detached family home with five bedrooms and three bathrooms. On the ground floor it has an enviable collection of rooms, including a hall, kitchen/breakfast room, dining room, sitting room, library, study, garden room and even a large, light-flooded studio.
It is set in around an acre of land, including two driveways, a double garage, extensive gardens with ponds and greenhouse, plus outbuildings, stables, tack room and gated paddock.
Finally, Netherleigh is a detached house on rising ground in the village Huby – which, confusingly, is where Weeton railway station is located. It has three bedrooms – or four, if the dining room is used as one – plus two bathrooms, kitchen, utility room, sitting room and integral garage. Outside, there are good-sized lawns to the rear and side, and beautiful views of lower Wharfedale.
Incidentally, if you want to take a sneaky peek online you might struggle; this is one of the few areas that appears to have been bypassed by Google’s Streetview cameras – so best go take a look in person.