About cliffe house When visiting Cliffe House, you can still see some of the original features including some beautifully intricate cornicing, impressive fireplaces, coloured and leaded glass feature window over the main staircase, and much more. The property offers a huge amount of potential on how you use it, but why not continue with the successful B&B business, which runs well alongside the main family residence and provides a good income.
The main reception rooms and kitchen are accessed from the central parlour, and staircases rise at three points to the bedrooms and bathrooms of the first floor, and then on up to the attic level rooms and apartment. Although a large property, it still manages to feel homely and comfortable, and almost every window provides delightful views over the gardens and woodland. Cliffe House has a gas fired central heating system supplied by two boilers, and most of the windows are double glazed with the remaining still having the wonderful original glass panes.
Externally, the property is approached through a pair of stone pillars bearing the name 'Cliffe House' through which you will find a large parking area. The house fronts onto and looks out over beautiful gardens bordered by trees, shrubs and stone walls, and the adjoining woodland is home to an array of birds and wildlife. Our clients have also been making an interesting garden trail in the grounds beyond the parking area at the rear, along with various sitting areas and patios providing space for outside entertaining and al fresco dining.
The original part of the house was built at the very end of the Georgian period in 1810 for local mill owner George Wm. Farrar. It was then extended only a few years later to accommodate his daughter, and until the current owners purchased the property in 1996, it has always been occupied by descendants of the Farrar family.
entrance hal A long hallway stretches from the front to the rear of the building and has doors at either end. The rear stable door provides the "day to day" entrance to the property and opens into a small lobby and in turn the main hallway. There is a further front entrance door, exposed wooden floorboards, column radiator and staircase to the first floor.
Cloaks / WC With two piece suite in white comprising low flush wc and pedestal washbasin, window to the front with etched glass, heated towel rail and tiled floor.
Living / dining room 16' 7" x 14' 11" (5.05m x 4.55m) One of two interconnecting rooms which offer flexible possibilities subject to the buyer's tastes and needs. This room is currently used as the family dining room and occasional sitting room. It features a tall window overlooking the front gardens, exposed beams and inset spotlights to the ceiling, chimney breast with log burning stove, exposed wooden floorboards and central heating radiator.
Sitting room 15' 4" x 14' 1" (4.67m x 4.29m) This is open plan to the above living / dining room and provides a cosy sitting room. It features a chimney breast with stone fireplace, hearth and log burning stove, exposed wooden floorboards and a window to the rear.
Office 14' x 13' 9" (4.27m x 4.19m) Accessible from the rear entrance lobby and also the reception hall. A particularly useful space which could meet a variety of needs, currently used by our clients as the space from which they run their businesses. It features a window to the rear, wood flooring, built in cupboard housing the hot water cylinder and central heating radiator.
Reception hall 16' 5" x 9' 4" (5m x 2.84m) This impressive hall provides an impressive central hub to the property with doors into the remaining downstairs rooms and an impressive secondary staircase to the first floor bedrooms which are currently used for B & B guests. There is a further door and window to the front garden, recessed arch with display shelving, chimney breast with log burning stove, exposed wooden floorboards and 2 column radiators.
Lobby With doors to the dining kitchen and drawing room, exposed floorboards and exposed cornicing to the ceiling.
Drawing room 17' 9" x 11 (15'4" into bay)' (5.41m x 3.35m) This magnificent room is currently used as the guest's breakfast room and features a wonderful bay window overlooking the gardens, high coved ceilings, deep skirting boards, exposed wooden floorboards, column radiator, marble fireplace and hearth with living flame effect gas fire.
Dining kitchen 20' x 17' 9 overall" (6.1m x 5.41m) Fitted with an excellent range of oak fronted base units and wall cupboards with granite worksurfaces, inset 1 ½ bowl stainless steel sink unit with mixer tap, integrated fridge freezer, microwave, larder cupboards matching island unit and free standing Aga range cooker with gas hobs and electric ovens. There is a chimney breast with stone fireplace and log burning stove, tiled flooring, recessed pantry, wooden stable door to the rear, windows to the side and rear, wooden stable entrance door to the rear, central heating radiator and former servant's staircases leading to the upper and lower floors.
First floor The first floor can be accessed via any of the three staircases. The guest rooms are accessible from the reception hall staircase.
Landing Stairs from the hall lead to the two level central landing area which features a coved ceiling and central heating radiator.
Bedroom 1 17' 8" x 11' 9 (16'2") into bay" (5.38m x 3.58m) The master bedroom is above the drawing room and features a superb bay window to the front enjoying the views, chimney breast with marble fireplace surround, tiled interior and marble hearth, column central heating radiator.
Ensuite 9' 1" x 6' 7" (2.77m x 2.01m) With three piece suite in white comprising walk in shower cubicle, wc and circular washbasin set upon a granite topped wash stand, obscure glazed window to the side and heated towel rail.
Walk in wardrobe 6' 10" x 4' 3" (2.08m x 1.3m) Located off the en-suite, providing generous storage with shelving, rails and cupboards.
Bedroom 2 12' 4" x 11' 11" (3.76m x 3.63m) A double bedroom with window overlooking the front garden, built in wardrobes to either side of the chimney breast and column central heating radiator.
Ensuite 9' 6" x 2' 8" (2.9m x 0.81m) With three piece suite in white comprising low flush wc, pedestal washbasin and shower cubicle, partly tiled walls.
The landing extends to the rear section of the property where it meets the servant's staircase. Here, there is a window to the side and a door to the laundry room.
Laundry room 11' 2" x 7' 11" (3.4m x 2.41m) Formerly a bedroom but currently used as a laundry room, featuring a good range of fitted cupboards (housing the Baxi central heating boiler and hot water tank) and 2 windows to the rear (1 having coloured glass).
Second landing The secondary landing area is accessed via the stairs from the entrance hall on the left hand side of the house. This gives access to the rooms which are used as the family bedrooms.
Bedroom 3 16' 10" x 14' 10" (5.13m x 4.52m) A large double bedroom with window overlooking the garden, central heating radiator and corner shower cabinet.
Bedroom 4 14' 7" x 14' 2" (4.44m x 4.32m) Another good sized double bedroom with window to the rear and 2 central heating radiators.
Bedroom 5 11' 7" x 8' 9" (3.53m x 2.67m) A double bedroom with window to the rear and central heating radiator.
Bathroom 13' 6" x 6' 3" (4.11m x 1.91m) Featuring a contemporary three piece suite comprising shower cubicle, vanity washbasin and freestanding bath mounted upon a raised pedestal with rinse shower attachment, window to the rear, tiled floor and partly tiled walls. A second door from the central landing can be used if required.
Separate WC With low flush and washbasin in a tiled vanity unit, obscure glazed window to the front and combination column radiator and towel rail.
Second floor The attic space can be accessed via stairs from the right hand landing and the servant's staircase.
Landing Accessed via the servants staircase giving access to further rooms which are utilised for the bed and breakfast as a 1 or 2 bedroom suite. With window to the side and vanity washbasin.
Bedroom 6 17' 7" x 7' 8 (11'2" into eaves)" (5.36m x 2.34m) A double bedroom with velux rooflight to the angled ceiling and central heating radiator.
Sitting area 11' 1" x 11' 4" (3.38m x 3.45m) With exposed beams and velux to the angled ceiling, exposed stone chimey and a short set of steps leading down to the lobby area where the next bedroom and shower room can be accessed.
Shower room 8' 4" x 4' 7 (8'8" into eaves)" (2.54m x 1.4m) With low flush wc, shower cubicle, washbasin and mixer tap mounted upon a stand, exposed stone chimney breast, tiled floor, partly tiled walls and velux rooflight to the angled ceiling.
Bedroom 7 10' x 13' 6 overall" (3.05m x 4.11m) A further bedroom which is used as a twin room, having a further area off measuring 8'4" x 9'11". It features velux rooflights to the angled ceiling and a central heating radiator. This room can also be accessed from the family accommodation staircase.
Second landing A further small second floor landing can be accessed from the family accommodation. It has doors into bedrooms 7 & 8.
Bedroom 8 9' 6" x 12' 9 (20'9" into eaves)" (2.9m x 3.89m) A double bedroom with velux rooflight and exposed beams to the angled ceiling, central heating radiator.
Store room 8' 3" x 12' 9 (20'9" into eaves)" (2.51m x 3.89m) A further room accessed via an interconnecting door from bedroom 8. With window to the side and exposed beams to the angled ceiling.
Lower ground floor Beneath the property there is a particularly large basement area which is accessed by a staircase from the kitchen, opening into a lobby area with exposed stone walls and a central heating radiator.
Workshop / studio 17' 10" x 19' 2 (23'5" min)" (5.44m x 5.84m) A large and flexible space which could be suitable for a variety of uses. Our clients currently use it to operate a small manufacturing business from but it has in the past been an entertainment room and has a small bar area at one end. There are exposed stone walls, a stone fireplace, inset spotlights to the ceiling, window and door to the side elevation.
Utility room 11' 5" x 4' 11" (3.48m x 1.5m) With pot sink and plumbing for automatic washing machine. A door leads to the cellars.
Cellars There are 2 vaulted cellars one having a stone slab table and the other having a wooden staircase up to the ground floor office.
WC With 2 piece suite comprising low flush wc, vanity washbasin and window to the side.
Workshop / store 17' 10" x 27 (33'8" max)' (5.44m x 8.23m) This vast space could again be suitable for a variety of uses but is currently used for storage. It has exposed blockwork walls, windows and a door to the side. This is located beyond the original building and beneath the extended parking area at the rear of the house.
Outside To the rear of the property there is a generous parking area with space for a number of vehicles accessed via electric gates. Beyond this is an attractive woodland garden area with chicken enclosure. A path leads winds down to various seating areas. To the side of the building there is a path giving access to the lower ground floor spaces.
Gardens The formal gardens are located at the front of the house where there is a raised seating area, extensive lawn with stone paved paths, mature trees, shrubs and bushes. Beyond the main garden there is a further area of woodland beyond.
Additional information The property is Freehold.
Viewing By appointment with Wm Sykes & Son.
Plan Plan is for identification purposes only.
Location Head into Honley on Westgate, then turn right onto the cobbles of Church Street. Follow this road along, it turns to tarmac and becomes Green Cliff. Follow the road down the hill to the junction with Thirstin Road and the property will be found straight in front of you.