I was initially excited to hear that there was a modernist gem ‘up north’, but now I’m excited to see that the Peter Aldington-designed 1960s grade II-listed modernist property in Bessacarr, near Doncaster, South Yorkshire has been on the receiving end of a significant price cut – meaning it is now a genuinely affordable proposition. As long as you are looking in this area, obviously.
Renowned architect Peter Aldington built this for a close friend in 1967. Some gift it was too. It’s still an impressive and notable structure today, with the four-bedroom property picking up grade II listing by English Heritage in recognition of its design.
Much of that has been preserved too. Those full-length windows, open space, wood panelled ceilings and fitted furniture are all a joy to behold. It might be a little austere for some outside. But certainly not for us.
Accommodation in this single-storey build includes those four bedrooms, along with an open plan reception room / dining room, kitchen and large conservatory (the latter being designed by Aldington and added at a later date). Two of the bedrooms look out onto an external courtyard, with much of the interior designed to integrate both the inside and outside spaces.
All of that at the end of a a long drive, which leads to a car port. To the side, you’ll also find a paved terrace area and to the rear a wide garden, largely lawn, connects to school playing fields beyond.
This is the first time the house has been offered for sale, with the initial asking price at £325,000. However, it has now had that price cut by around 10 per cent, with the asking price at £295,000. You get the feeling that there’s a deal to be done too, so it might be available even cheaper if you play your cards right.