Property of the week: Semi-rural tranquility to set the pulse racing

Lower Laith Cottage, Halifax Road, Todmorden
Lower Laith Cottage, Halifax Road, Todmorden
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Handy for town and all its facilities, yet nestled in a semi-rural location with woodland and a tumbling stream - that’s just part of the package to delight would-be home buyers.

A wooded glade provides a tranquil backdrop to this week’s stunning home, a Grade II listed coach house conversion.

Lower Laith Cottage sits off Halifax Road, about a quarter of a mile from the centre of Todmorden, and is approached through a period stone gateway into a sweeping shared inner drive.

This, coupled with the delightful exterior of the property, should be enough to set your pulse racing.

But if you’re still not in awe of this property, stepping into the incredibly atmospheric lounge will undoubtedly result in a sharp intake of breath as the oak panelled walls and magnificent period decorative fireplace provide a glimpse of centuries gone by.

The spacious lounge, measuring 20ft 9in by 17ft 10in, also has a beamed ceiling and mullioned windows.

Its spaciousness is matched by the outstanding dining kitchen, which measures 25ft by 14ft 9in and is a room in which to cook, chat and generally soak up the ambience of this unique home.

Imagine waking on Christmas morning to a home bedecked with trimmings and a huge fir tree, reminiscent of traditional festive family celebrations.

This is a space in which to gather with drinks while the turkey cooks, to assemble around the table in comfort and enjoy the ambience of a cosy and comfortable home.

The kitchen has a central island unit, an extensive range of beech-faced wall and base units, decorative stained glass panels, solid oak flooring and an Ashlar fireplace with solid fuel burner.

There’s a hall/study with recessed spotlights, recess cupboards and mullioned windows and an inner vaulted utility room. This room has a barrel vaulted ceiling featuring exposed stonework, oak panelled doors, decorative stained glass panels and Yorkshire stone flooring.

A five-tread rise lit by a stained glass skylight leads to a raised lobby, which in turn leads to the dining kitchen.

The property has five bedrooms, the first two of which are accessed from a single turn staircase.

There is a separate washroom, with toilet and handbasin.

A further double turn staircase leads to the main landing which has exposed architectural features, recessed book cases and gives access to the loft.

The master bedroom is one of two on this level. It has double aspect mullion windows, a beamed ceiling, a window seat and spacious en suite (6ft by 8ft 9in) with shower cubicle.

A landing leads to the fifth bedroom -which offers access to a roof terrace with patio area - a storage cupboard which houses the gas central heating boiler and the family bathroom which includes a cast iron bath.

Lower Laith Cottage enjoys private parking and has a detached, heated large garage, a sunhouse and an outside toilet.

At the rear of the property is a 0.8 acre woodland glade garden with tumbling stream to complete the idyllic picture of semi-rural tranquility.

The cottage is for sale with Wrigley Claydon, Water Street, Todmorden, for offers in the region of £575,000.