The stunning waterside £1.3m country house in Happy Valley territory

Daisy Jackson Daisy Jackson - 28th January 2023

A house with one of the most beautiful locations in the country is currently on the market near Manchester – for a casual £1.3million.

The incredible five-bedroom home spans a whopping 4000 sq feet, and although it’s set in picturesque countryside it’s actually a bit of a commuter’s dream.

Just a short drive from the M62, placing it within a 40 minute drive of both Greater Manchester and Leeds, this huge manor house sits right beside a peaceful reservoir.

The Lake House has been built practically on the banks of Blackmoorfoot Reservoir, close to the pretty villages of Slaithwaite and Linthwaite.

The area is actually where some of Happy Valley is filmed and set, so the rolling hills and steep streets will be familiar to fans of the hit series.


The property itself dates back toSome visitors to Britain’s smallest house have complained on TripAdvisor that it’s ‘too small’ the 19th century, but has been carefully extended and restored in more recent years.

It means that it now has plenty of period charm and character (like ornate ceilings and carved fireplaces) but also modern comforts like underfloor heating and a state-of-the-art kitchen.


It sprawls across four stories, as well as having a self-contained office in the grounds.

On the ground floor alone, there’s a huge, grand lounge; a cosy snug; a bathroom; a utility room; that enormous kitchen and dining room; a breakfast room; and a plant room.

Then there are three bedrooms on the first floor, two more on the top floor, and a load of space in the cellar.


The Lake House is currently marketed at £1.3m by Fine & Country Huddersfield, who say: “Set within privately enclosed landscaped gardens, a hugely characterful 19th century property which has been sympathetically extended and restored resulting in a magnificent five bedroom family home; the grounds in excess of 1.5 acres including south facing gardens and a separate home office / leisure suite.

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“An awe inspiring property presenting a statement of both character and grandeur; offering welcoming spacious accommodation, as one would expect, presented to the highest of levels, retaining charm and period features throughout; all rooms commanding a delightful outlook over the gardens and surrounding greenbelt countryside.

“This Victorian Home enjoys the most idyllic of settings positioned on the edge of this much admired and highly sought after village, open countryside being immediately accessible whilst an abundance of local services includes highly regarded schools.

“Both the Pennines and the Holme Valley are on the doorstep and the M62 motorway is within a short drive ensuring convenient access to surrounding commercial centres.”

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Featured image: Rightmove / Fine & Country Huddersfield