Remember this one? It was up for sale around a year back. I’m not sure if it sold then, was withdrawn from the market or has just had a change of agent. What I do know is that the 1960s Elsworth Sykes-designed Garth House midcentury modern property in North Ferriby, East Yorkshire is up for sale once more with a lower asking price.
Has anything changed? Not really. In fact, not much has changed with this place since 1963, when local industrialist Harold Needler commissioned Elsworth Sykes to build a substantial and distinctive property. Job done on that front.
It isn’t quite a ‘time capsule’ though, despite first impressions. The agent points out that the present owners have ‘enlarged, re-arranged and significantly upgraded’ the property, which now offers over 8000 sq. ft. of living and leisure space.
But the heart of this place is still very much rooted in the 1960s. Yes, those updates are there, a number of which look to date from the 1980s. But when you see the exterior, the hallway and the main reception space, you know this can only come from one decade.
Period features are plentiful, including the extensive glazing, stone walls, original wood detailing and ceilings, old school fixtures and fittings (including some of the lighting), authentic stairways and of course, the vast, bright and open space living areas.
You do look around and think that updates are necessary to give it more of a 21st century feel. But there is so much to work with and preserve here, which is the key selling point for us.
In terms of the house itself, that looks out towards the River Humber and the Humber Bridge and sits in 1.25 acres of land. The main accommodation is over a single floor, with some ‘self-contained staff accommodation’ on the lower ground floor. If you can fend for yourself, there’s always the option to convert or use as guest space for the latter.
The entrance hall is the first thing you will encounter, completely with an ornamental pond for the koi carp. Off there is a cloakroom, then the ballroom / drawing room (a dream party space) with a polished oak floor and some stunning views beyond.
From there, you can access the L-shaped sun room with external terrace and open fire and a sitting room with full-height glazing. Beyond that is a study, the dining room and the large kitchen with utility room.
The east wing of the property contains the master bedroom with fitted wardrobes, dressing rooms and an ensuite bathroom, as well as four further bedrooms and two additional bathrooms. An inner lobby takes you to the laundry room too.
Leisure facilities as well, most notably the swimming pool room with terrace, which can be accessed via most of the main reception space. There is also a gym / sauna with changing cubicles plus an enclosed plant room. The latter not really ‘leisure’, but it is there.
As we mentioned above, there is ‘staff’ space, which is made up of a bedsit / living room, a bathroom and garden store.
Outside you will find a garaging area that’s good for at least four cars and considerable gardens and grounds, complete with a private walled garden and ‘sweeping’ lawns definitely catching the eye.
Got all that? good. If you think you could take it on, you will need to make an offer in the region of £1,000,000. Ok, it’s not cheap, but that is well down on the previous asking price.
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