Property of the week: See the views that Eric did!
Many centuries ago the site of this week’s property formed part of the Normandy hunting ground of ‘Eric’s Den’, now known as Erringden Moors.
Almost a thousand years ago the Eric in question would have ridden across the moorland, no doubt hunting deer and surveying his magnificent territory.
The sweeping rural landscape that inspired him has seen the addition of telegraph poles, tarmac and townships since that time but the views from the property are no less breath-taking than in the year 1100.
Back then an original property called ‘Haven’ was built to take advantage of the spectacular outlook.
It was replaced in the 1500s by a stone farmhouse and barn, which has now been painstakingly renovated by the current owner to offer outstanding four-bedroomed accommodation.
Traditional reclaimed materials have been used to preserve the character of the farmhouse to create an individual hand-crafted home which has many character features.
These include leaded light windows set in mullioned stone sets, with each set having a cast iron frame opener.
Beamed ceilings, Tudor oak panelling and original stone fireplaces hark back to the days when Henry VIII would have spent his days in a similar fashion to Eric - hunting on horseback and spending evenings recounting tales in front of blazing log fires.
In their wildest dreams neither would have been able to imagine, several centuries on, how we live today, with instant communication, electricity and a host of labour-saving gadgets.
The Haven combines all these benefits with a strong sense of history, having been stylishly yet sensitively modernised to seamlessly link the past with the present.
A grand entrance hall is an excellent starting point from which to drink in the incredible views from this atmospheric property, being sold with no chain. Turning to look out through the oak arched doorway, you can stand on the stone flagged floor and drink in the inspiring landscape of the upper Calder Valley.
The sitting room has substantial oak beams and cross beams, bespoke oak shutters and a stone flagged floor. Originally, this room was the kitchen to the household.
The farmhouse dining kitchen benefits from a south-facing arched window. It houses a temporary kitchen but the choice of location will be down to the buyers of this splendid home.
The characterful drawing room has mullioned windows to the front and rear. Original Tudor oak panelling runs across the back wall and is incorporated into the window seat. A private stone staircase leads to the master bedroom, which has wide oak plank flooring.
The magnificent house bathroom adjoins the master bedroom in a Jack and Jill fashion. This sumptuous room has polished oak floorboards, a cast iron slipper claw-foot bath and even a chandelier.
Bedroom two has en-suite facilities and, like bedroom three, has a polished wood floor. Bedroom four is on the lower level and has stone flag flooring, as does the ground-floor bathroom.
The property sits in eight acres which wrap themselves around the farmhouse and barn, which both have new roofs and timbers.
The Haven is for sale with Ryburne & Co, West End, Hebden Bridge, for offers in the region of £695,000.