Formerly half of Underbank Hall, this large terraced property, with wisteria adding a splash of color to the front, also has a well stocked private garden.
Built in 1788 by mill owner Christopher Rawdon and his wife Sophia, it later became the home of James, one of Christopher’s two sons, who loved to entertain in lavish style.
Anne Lister of Shibden, whose life is chronicled in the current television series Gentleman Jack, referred in her journal entry of January 30, 1823, to “the ball and dinner at Mr. James Rawdon’s in Underbank last Monday”.
She wrote: “Twenty different types of wine, all kinds of fruit, French and Portuguese. None of the visitors have seen anything so splendid. Rooms, a warehouse, as EB called it, ‘your dormitory’, very comfortable, the floor covered with a few mattresses, one for each gentleman, and plenty of blankets or bedding; 45 sat there for breakfast the next morning – great bets and gambling – not a long whist – nothing but shorts and Loo played all night and into ten the next morning.”
So a house with a remarkable history and still with an inviting interior that can be used flexibly.
A gravel path leads up to the unique property, which was carefully expanded in 2007.
Historical elements are combined with modern comfort in the five-bedroom house.
A tiled veranda and traditional pink door lead into an impressive entrance hall with an open staircase.
There is a light and spacious lounge with a fireplace and cast iron stove set and large sash windows, then a formal dining room which in turn is lit by large windows.
A contemporary style open plan kitchen/dining area features multiple built-in units with granite worktops and a door leading to the garden.
Also on the ground floor is a shower room and a large storage room.
Four individually designed bedrooms, including three doubles, are located on the first floor, with en-suite bathrooms.
The fifth, very large, vaulted bedroom is on the top floor, which doubles as a private outbuilding with a bespoke walk-in closet and eaves. There is also a shower room on this level.
Of particular note are the gardens at this property, which feature lawns, flower beds, a wild lawn and a pond, and seating areas. The view from the top of the garden stretches as far as Stoodley Pike.
A double garage with electricity is an additional facility.
You can walk along the canal to Hebden Bridge from this Charlestown property – it’s just over a mile, and there are many scenic walks to explore in the surrounding countryside.
20 Underbank Avenue, Charlestown, HX7 6PP costs £595,000 at EweMove.
There will be an open viewing of the property on May 21st. Call 01274 037919 for more information.