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.
The Lake House. Credit: Rightmove / Fine & Country HuddersfieldThe Lake House. Credit: Rightmove / Fine & Country HuddersfieldThe Lake House. Credit: Rightmove / Fine & Country HuddersfieldThe Lake House. Credit: Rightmove / Fine & Country Huddersfield
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.
“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.”
Featured image: Rightmove / Fine & Country Huddersfield
Outdated Manchester building could become new ‘innovation hub’ as part of £1.7bn transformation plans
An outdated Manchester building could be “reactivated” into a brand-new innovation hub as part of ambitious transformation plans.
The Renold Building – which dates back to 1962, and was the first of its kind UK at the time – will take on a new lease of life, and become a home for “forward-thinking entrepreneurs and SMEs” to develop new ideas and solutions that will help tackle some of the world’s biggest challenges.
ID Manchester is an “ambitious” plan to transform the University’s former North Campus into a “welcoming and accessible” new £1.7 billion innovation district.
We’re happy to share plans for ID Manchester's innovation hub, reactivating the Renold Building as a home for science and tech start-ups. With coworking, office & community event spaces, it will be central to the #IDManchester ecosystem.
According to UoM, the new vision for the Renold Building will celebrate its history as an educational hub by hosting the next wave of science and technology innovators, and building an inclusive and purpose-driven community.
The city centre building will provide a range of coworking, office, and meeting facilities to accommodate and support collaboration between researchers, entrepreneurs, businesses, and partner organisations.
On top of this, new events and exhibition spaces – including lecture theatres, and a community cafe – will be accessible to local businesses, community groups, and arts and culture organisations as part of the project, so that they have the chance to host and participate in a wide range of engaging events and activities.
Outdated Manchester building could become new ‘innovation hub’ as part of £1.7bn transformation plans / Credit: Bruntwood
“The Renold Building will be an invaluable place to bring together like-minded organisations and partners to collaborate, develop, and test new ideas,” commented John Holden, who is the Associate Vice-President for Major Special Projects at UoM.
“We’re building our innovation ecosystem from the ground up, and the Renold Building will be a place that not only accelerates the growth of our city’s most promising entrepreneurs, SMEs and university spin-outs, but also provides the spaces and opportunities to allow our local communities to participate, experience and benefit from innovation too.”
An application to convert the building from educational to commercial use has been submitted to Manchester City Council, UoM and Bruntwood SciTech have confirmed.
Pending application approval, the building is set to open in late 2024.
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A look at the plans to turn historic Ancoats mill with rich musical heritage into new apartment complex
Hodder + Partners have just revealed new CGIs and a more detailed look at the plans for their redevelopment of the longstanding Brunswick Mill in Ancoats which is set to become a brand-new apartment complex.
The proposals to turn the once creative space with decades of musical heritage into a new residential site were revealed back in 2021 and approved within just a few months, despite having been met with plenty of resistance given its history and cultural significance.
Nevertheless, Northern company Big Red Construction recently kicked off the £50+ million renovation on behalf of developer Arrowsmith Investments and the apartments are projected to be finished in 2026.
With that in mind, the architectural designers Hodder have just released a new look at what Brunswick Mill is set to look like once completed:
The short trailer gives a glimpse at the history of the Brunswick Mill space and what it’s set to become.
Set to transform the historic industrial mill-turned-creative space and music studios on the edge of New Islington into 153 new apartments, ranging from one, two and three-bedroom residences, the redevelopment will be spread across two phases.
In line with designs by Hodder + Partners, the initial phase involves converting the existing mill building and the construction of new four and seven-storey elements to accommodate the remaining 127 homes on the Bradford Road plot in Ancoats.
Big Red Construction, who are also working on the Peelers Yard building for CERT Property and Myprotein founder Oliver Cookson, are expected to complete phase one by the first quarter of 2026.
Here’s another look at what living space people are already buying up:
The bathroom plans.‘New with the old’ bedroom-designs.A first look inside the Brunswick Mill flats. (Credit: Supplied)
Along with Hodder + Partners as architects, the project team also consists of HW Consultancy who are covering structural aspects, Manchester firm Clancy for mechanical and electrical considerations, as well as AM Pyro as fire engineers.
With property company Orlando Reid serving as estate agents for the project, 42 out of the 153 apartments have already been sold off-plan, with managing director Baljit Arora describing it as “an exciting period for all parties involved and for the city of Manchester”.
This is just the latest chapter in the continued regeneration of the Ancoats and the New Islington areas, which remain two of the most heavily re-developed areas in the city centre and Greater Manchester as a whole. You can see other hot properties in and around the region HERE.