Dream properties - Cally Hall Farm
PUBLISHED: 00:00 11 July 2016
Find out how the good life just got better
Cally Hall Farm is more than a home, it’s a way of life.
This 19th century, grade two listed laithe house – a dual purpose working-living vernacular style that began cropping up in West Yorkshire in the 18th century – sits amid 12.5 acres of land on a south-facing plot at Whirlaw Common in Todmorden, commanding superb panoramic views across the Calder Valley.
But this is not just a property that looks good, it does good too, providing the perfect natural home for wildflowers and rare migrant birds. In fact, its upland hay meadows actually attract a grant from Natural England as part of its conservation programme.
It goes without saying then that the exterior of Cally Hall is stunning, but it’s the innovations and style choices made by the current owners inside that make this a property in a million.
It begins as soon as you pop your head round the front door and find yourself in a wonderful galleried living room that extends along the full width of the building, offering magnificent rural views through two huge arched windows.
Further down the corridor is the former shippon (stable), where the old cattle stalls have been transformed into a unique and useful feature, and the garden room, which has a flagged floor cut from local stone, a glass wall, an overhanging shade canopy and a living roof of sedum (evergreen perennials).
A frameless glass door leads from the garden room to an impressive guest suite with its own luxury wet room.
And, also on the ground floor, you’ll find an ergonomic kitchen, a dining room and the original farmhouse sunken pantry, which has a vaulted ceiling and stone shelving (a wine cellar in-the-making perhaps?).
The remainder of the accommodation, on the first and second floors, comprises a family bathroom, master bedroom suite and three further bedrooms.
But let’s pause for a moment to fully appreciate that master bedroom. Extending across the full width of the building, with dual aspect windows to take in the rural views, this former hayloft has been transformed into a haven of luxury.
It offers every modern convenience but, rather cleverly, the owners have also preserved several of its most striking original features, including an owl hole above the bed.
What a hoot!
Cally Hall Farm is on the books at Yorkshire’s Finest at a guide price of £1,395,000. For details, visit yorkshiresfinest.org