The cottage has a stunning location with extensive views.The cottage has a stunning location with extensive views.
The cottage has a stunning location with extensive views.

Inside historic hillside cottage in Halifax, with landscaped gardens and scenic views

This Grade ll listed cottage, built in to a hill, is known to have belonged to the Illingworths at one time, a family who feature strongly in the area's history.

The building, now with landscaped gardens, dates back to the 13th century and began its life as an oak barn.

Its stunning location gives far-reaching views.

Timber for the original barn could have come from reclaimed ships, as it is evident that the timbers had served other purposes.

They form striking beamed and vaulted ceilings in sections of the property.

A large fireplace is central to the semi-detached cottage, with a log burner now installed: a further fireplace with log burner is found in the second reception room.

In the 18th century the property's oak frame was infilled with stone, and once a floor was added, the dwelling became a cottage.

Extended over the years into a sizeable home, the east-facing lounge and three bedrooms appear to be among the oldest parts.

This lounge was originally the kitchen, and would have resembled a kitchen displayed in the Shibden Hall museum.

Stone mason markings can be seen on stonework to the fireplace, with integrated triangles as trademarks.

Adjacent to the first sitting room is a beehive bread oven thought to be one of only two of its type in the country. Still connected to the original chimney, it could be used, by removing the capping on the chimney.

Above are two bedrooms and a landing displaying the exposed stone of the chimney breast.

With five bedrooms, the property has three bathrooms and one en suite facility.

Electric gates open to the driveway, and there's a garage, a courtyard, and ample parking.

This property in Ivy Lane, Halifax, is for sale at £600,000, with Strike Yorkshire, and is advertised at www.rightmove.co.uk

Timber for the original barn could have come from reclaimed ships, as it is evident that the timbers had served other purposes.

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