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Northgate Mount, Honley, Holmfirth

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Added on 08/10/2020
Simon Blyth, Holmfirth

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A TRULY MAJESTIC SUBSTANTIAL PERIOD HOME SET IN APPROXIMATELY 6 ACRES APPROACHED OVER A LONG DRIVEWAY WITH GATEHOUSE LODGE AND HAVING AN INTERESTING HISTORY WITH ROYAL CONNECTIONS. THERE ARE NOT MANY HOMES WHERE THE KING AND QUEEN COME FOR TEA. IN 1912 WILLIAM AND GERTRUDE BROOKE WERE GRACED WITH VISIT BY HIS MAJESTY KING GEORGE V AND HER MAJESTY QUEEN MARY. NORTHGATE MOUNT HAS ALWAYS BEEN A MUCH LOVED AND CHERISHED FAMILY HOME, ADMIRED FROM A FAR, THIS BEAUTIFUL PERIOD HOME IS NOW OFFERED TO THE MARKET FOR THE FIRST TIME IN MANY YEARS. SET JUST OUT OF HONLEY VILLAGE CENTRE AND WITHIN WALKING DISTANCE OF THE LOCAL TRAIN STATION AND SCHOOLS IT IS A HOME THAT WHILST EVER IS LARGE AND FORMAL IS ALSO VERY MUCH A WELCOMING FAMILY HOME. WITH SUPERB APPOINTMENTS AND FITTINGS THROUGHOUT THE HOME BRIEFLY COMPRISES: entrance hall with beautiful staircase and being approximately 61’1ft in length, magnificent drawing room (26’ x 21’2) with beautiful views over the private gardens, morning room, stunning dining room (29 x 18’9 max) once again with bay window overlooking the gardens, study/library being panelled and beautiful, breakfast kitchen, family/garden room with glazed doors to gardens (34’6 x 18’4), gym/games room, superb swimming pool (32’7 x 23) with shower/changing rooms, two utility rooms, extensive cellars, six bedrooms to the first floor, bed one with ensuite, dressing room and wonderful views over the gardens, two house bathrooms, staircase to top floor, two further double bedrooms and top floor bathroom. Outbuildings include substantial home office, four car garage block, tractor garage, stunning lawned gardens including the upper lawn (former tennis court) overlooking the pavilion, woodland, field and all being in a remarkable private and beautiful location, yet just a short walk away from the village and its bustling centre.

Entrance Hallway - Beautiful carved stone fortocoe gives shelter to the particularly broad entrance door, this with glazed overlight gives access over to the stunning entrance hallway. Being well over 60ft in length, has many superb features including three superb chandelier points, fabulous coving, high skirting boards, door architraves, superb period flooring, a large number of period style central heating radiators, dado rail and magnificent period timber doors with beautiful door furniture with intricate arched doorways, coving and ceiling roses. The entrance hall also has a stunning cantilevered stone yet marbled staircase with wonderful balustrading and polished timber handrail that leads up to the first floor landing. The entrance hall sets the scene in terms of space, taste and quality. Doorway leads through to the cloakroom.

Cloakroom - A beautiful large cloakroom with superb fittings, attractive flooring, large window, period wash hand basin and separate high flush w.c with feature high level window.

Morning Room - 5.49m x 4.27m (18 x 14) - With a beautiful dual aspect out over the property's gardens courtesy of three windows in total. This large and impressive room is tastefully decorated, has a high ceiling height, coving, ceiling rose with chandelier point and a truly beautiful period fireplace with delightful surround, raised hearth and all being home for an open fired grate. The room has a variety of lighting points, concealed central heating radiator and a doorway that connects through to the drawing room.

Drawing Room - 7.92m x 6.45m (26 x 21'2) - The drawing room is also access from the entrance hall and this is a room that is perhaps best described by the photographs and floor layout plan. Being beautifully proportioned and exceptionally elegant this tasteful room has high ceiling height with two chandelier points, beautiful wall coverings, coving to the ceiling, high skirting boards, dado rail, concealed central heating radiators and last but by no means least a magnificent bay with multi windows giving a stunning view out over the property's gardens in a southerly direction. The room also has a number of wall light points. Once again a fireplace of exceptional quality with a raised hearth, beautiful fittings, open fired grate and an intricately carved period style marble surround.

Study/Library - 4.80m x 4.39m (15'9 x 14'5) - Yet again fitted out to the highest of standards, beautifully panelled to a very exquisite design with lovely cupboards, library shelving, further storage cupboards and a fabulous fire surround incorporating period adornments. There is a beautiful fireplace with raised open hearth and the room enjoys a large amount of natural light courtesy of a very large window which gives a super view out over the cobble courtyard and beyond.

Dining Room - 8.84m x 5.72m max (29 x 18'9 max) - Exquisitely decorated this very impressive period room exults elegance and taste with intricate ceiling, chandelier point and wall lights. The room has a stunning timber polished floor and a beautiful fireplace. The room once again has a superb bay which gives delightful views out over the gardens.

Secondary Hallway - This once again is of a good size and has attractive flooring and gives access through to the side entrance hall. This side entrance hall itself gives access through to the breakfast kitchen.

Breakfast Kitchen - 5.05m x 4.45m (16'7 x 14'7) -

Utility Room - 2.57m x 2.36m (8'5 x 7'9) - Once again is of a good size and being fully equipped.

Family/Garden Room - 10.52m x 5.59m (34'6 x 18'4) - This with twin doors leading from the inner hallway is a stunning addition to the home built on a no expense spared basis. It is a room that takes full advantage of the property's mature trees, gardens and long distance views over the property's own grounds. There is a significant amount of glazing, tow sets of glazed doors giving access out to the stone flagged terrace, beautiful flooring with underfloor heating and delightful stone work on display. The glazed roof is particularly pleasing and there is a sophisticated lighting system. Timber and glazed doors leads through to the gym/games room.

Gym/Games Room - 6.10m x 5.13m (20 x 16'10) - Once again best demonstrated by the photographs included in this brochure. It has a partially glazed roof, large bank of windows, a mirrored wall, inset TV, superb lighting, underfloor heating, a full glazed wall giving a fabulous vista into the swimming pool. The games room/gym has a very high level of finish, is also wired for sound and has a doorway which gives access to the shower/changing rooms.

Shower/Changing Rooms - This with two separate high specification showers, has a separate w.c, all is exquisitely finished. Two wash hand basins both with spotlighting over, shelving for towels, heated towel rail, inset spotlighting to the ceiling, extraction system and Bose integrated music system.

Swimming Pool - 9.93m x 7.01m (32'7 x 23) - As demonstrated, this is a spectacular addition to the home built inside and out to the highest level of specification and beautifully proportioned. The pool has a stunning lighting system providing fabulous lighting throughout the day and evening. There are three banks of very high specification glazed doors all that give access out to the courtyard and stone flagged terrace. There is also high specification in terms of heating and extraction and the pool room is served by superbly appointed plant room.

Secondary Utility Room - 9.91m x 1.73m (32'6 x 5'8) - This very long utility room is once again demonstrated by the photographs. It has a glazed roof, a large number of windows to the rear, further entrance door, air conditioning unit, superb lighting, stunning flooring with underfloor heating and is fitted with units at both the high and low level. There is a ceramic sink, plumbing for an automatic washing machine and dryer and additional fridge freezer space.

First Floor Landing - As previously mentioned being the principal staircase which is of a beautiful period design rises courtesy of a three quarter landing up to the first floor landing. There is a stunning chandelier point above the staircase and a large window that gives a superb view out over the property's gardens. The first floor landing once again has an enormous proportion and has the benefit of beautiful period windows at either end, both of which provide natural light and give enchanting views out over the gardens. There are four further chandelier points and at one end of the first floor landing there is a delightful sitting area with integrated seating giving a stunning view out over the property's gardens.

Bedroom One Suite - 5.74m max x 5.31m (18'10 max x 17'5) - Off a private lobby this comprises of a large and beautiful bedroom with delightful fireplace, coving to the ceiling, ceiling rose with chandelier point and three windows giving a stunning view out over the property's gardens.

Ensuite - 3.86m x 2.64m (12'8 x 8'8) - Superbly appointed five piece suite that comprises of double ended bath with period style taps and hand held mixer taps and shower unit over. There is a further good sized shower, bidet, low level w.c, wash hand basin, inset spotlighting and all is superbly appointed.

Dressing Room - 4.65m x 2.54m (15'3 x 8'4) - As one might imagine it is beautifully equipped with period window giving an outlook to the front and a substantial amount of in-built storage cupboards and robes.

Bedroom Two - 5.66m x 4.27m (18'7 x 14) - Once again a large and beautiful bedroom with twin windows giving a super view out over the property's gardens, a beautiful marbled fireplace and in-built robe.

Bedroom Three - 4.27m x 3.71m (14 x 12'2) - Yet again a delightful double room with in-built wardrobe, windows to two directions giving stunning views out over the gardens one of which has a window seat.

Bedroom Four - 5.18m max x 4.88m (17 max x 16) - Yet again a beautiful double bedroom with twin windows giving an outlook to the courtyard, high ceiling height with central ceiling light point and coving.

Bedroom Five - 4.57m x 3.45m max (15 x 11'4 max) - Yet again a double room with a good sized window giving a super view out over the courtyard.

Bedroom Six - 3.96m x 2.62m (13 x 8'7) - With a large window giving a pleasant view out over the property's upper grounds, high ceiling height with central ceiling light rose.

House Bathroom One - 4.88m x 1.78m (16 x 5'10) - This large and beautifully equipped bathroom is fitted with a five piece suite including very large shower, bidet, low level w.c, pedestal wash hand basin, double ended bath, window, ceramic tiling to the full ceiling height, attractive ceramic tile flooring, coving, inset spotlighting and storage cupboards.

House Bathroom Two - 2.21m x 1.65m (7'3 x 5'5) - This is appointed with a three piece period suite comprising of low level w.c, pedestal wash hand basin, ball on claw foot slipper style bath with Victorian hand held mixer tap/shower unit over, ceramic tiling to the half height, windows giving a pleasant outlook, ceramic tile flooring and storage cupboard.

Secondary Landing - 5.69m x 2.39m (18'8 x 7'10) - The first floor landing also gives access to the secondary landing. This secondary landing is the old servants staircase and the staircase from here leads down to the side entrance hall and up to the top floor level.

Top Floor Landing - The top floor level has a landing area with velux window and beam on display. From here doorway gives access through to bedroom seven.

Bedroom Seven - 5.79m x 4.57m (19 x 15) - This particularly pleasant and very large double bedroom. It has a period style window giving a lovely view out over the property's gardens, velux window, wash hand basin to the corner and a delightful period fireplace.

Bedroom Eight - 6.71m max x 4.75m (22 max x 15'7) - Once again a large room with an attractive fireplace, high angled and beamed ceiling, large velux window, useful storage cupboards off one of which is a particularly large store room/dressing room. There is also a further store cupboard off, being of a very good size and having a timber boarded floor.

House Bathroom Three - 3.45m x 2.62m (11'4 x 8'7) - This bathroom being at the top floor level and serves bedroom six and seven. It is of a very large size and is fitted with a four piece suite that comprises of particularly large bath, pedestal wash hand basin, low level w.c, bidet, ceramic tiling to the full ceiling height and velux window.

Cellars - From the side entrance hall attractive timber door gives access to a staircase in stone which leads down to the comprehensive range of cellars. These are superbly presented and the individual cellars offer a huge amount of storage space with also wine storage and other space if required. The cellar also has an unusual feature of two large access doors which from steps in the courtyard give direct access down to the cellars providing great entertainment/party space at a different level if required.

The Gate Lodge - As the photographs demonstrate the property has at the base of its driveway a very substantial period lodge. This briefly comprises: entrance hall, lounge, breakfast kitchen, two bedrooms (one being a double and one being a single) and house bathroom. The lodge also has its own private garden and its own driveway/parking space. It is currently rented on a short hold tenancy basis.

Gardens And Grounds - Northgate Mount is a truly majestic property in terms of its stature and style and the gardens and grounds are equally as impressive. The extremely long driveway is particularly beautiful with mature shrubbery, trees and lighting and rises gently up from Huddersfield Road where adjoining the road there is a particularly broad semi-circle entrance where standing proudly to one side is the gate lodge. The driveway provides glimpses of the house and outbuildings and arrives at the front reception driveway. This with turning area is a superb area to receive one’s guests. The driveway also continues through stone gate posts to the stone cobbled courtyard. This being particularly large provides a huge amount of parking and turning and gives immediate access to the side/rear of the home.

Field/Paddock - Above the house adjoining the woodland is a very large paddock/field. This area of ground is predominantly down to grass and is highly suitable for those who require space for horses, ponies, and the like.

Garage Block - The property has a large garage block which has four automatically operated up and over garage doors giving access to two double garages both of which are showroom garages and presented superbly with heating and the like. Adjoining this garage block is the home office/studio.

Home Office/Studio - This once again is of a high quality and has an adjoining w.c/shower room. The block also includes an externally accessed garden w.c.

Dog Kennel - Across the cobbled courtyard there is a beautifully built dog kennel in stone with period style roof and also a further garage currently used for the lawnmower, lawn tractor and the like.

Gardens - As the many photographs detect Northgate Mount enjoys beautiful visitors from all its principal rooms overlooking the gardens, paddock land, woodland and beyond. Mature shrubbery and trees are a pure delightful as are the well tendered flowering beds, beautiful hedging and superb sitting out areas. The upper lawn, a former tennis court has a pavilion overlooking and is a tranquil place to be on clement within the days in the garden.

Historic Notes - Built in 1817 by local mill owner and popular businessman William Brooke, Northgate Mount was fortunate enough to be visited by his majesty King George V and her majesty Queen Mary in July 1912. We enclose some wording from the Honley civic society booklet.

The king and queen were making this personal stop in Honley on their tour of Yorkshire to recognise 60 years’ service which William Brooke of Northgate Mount had given to his family business and the generosity which he had displayed to the people in Honley in that time.

The villages of Honley turned out in force, men in Sunday best and straw boaters, women in their finest attire and their best hats lined the road with flags and handkerchiefs ready to greet their guests. The royal Daimler turned into the driveway at Northgate Mount and the events are recorded by Gertrude Brooke, William Brooke’s wife from her diary.

She described the visit as a fairy-tale, but given that she had only two weeks to prepare, looked forward to the King and Queen coming with some trepidation.

She had written to the Queen’s Lady-In-Waiting asking if there were any special arrangements needed, but the reply was that the Royal party wished everything to be quite informal and that the Queen was both kind and natural.

On the King and Queen’s arrival, William and Gertrude Brooke met their Majesties at the door and all went inside to have tea in the drawing room. The King immediately apologies for their lateness. William Brooke’s family was also introduced to the royals, his son Tom and wife Dreda and their children, Joan, Bill and Susan, their daughter Gertrude and her husband Harold. William spent most of the time with the King and Gertrude with the Queen. She invited Mrs Brooke to sit beside her on the sofa and enquired if the family had connections with India. (The King and Queen had visited India in December 1911). She noticed many of the objects in the drawing room and commented on an Indian shawl which was draped over a sofa. Gertrude replied that their son had brought it back when he visited India at the time of Durbar and that their daughter, Gertrude, had married and gone to India. The Queen enquired where her husband was stationed.

Continuing to show an interest in the people, the Queen went on to ask about the workforce and their lives and the homes they lived in. She enquired how many were employed by William and was he “much beloved”, to which Gertrude answered “yes”.

In response to Queen Mary’s question if John Brooke and Sons was an old firm, Gertrude gave her a short history of the company. She added that William felt that the workpeople “should aim at co-operation and she said with great emphasis ‘Ah! Yes indeed’ evidently deeply interested in questions of this kind.” Gertrude added that one of the great difficulties was the dislike of workpeople to the idea of anyone being superior to the others.

The Queen rose to sign a book which has been sent by the Mayor of Huddersfield for the Royal party to sign and noticed the garden, commenting favourably on it and the roses, which were all in bloom. When the King signed the book, he too looked out and remarked on the garden. It was then the turn of the Lady-in-Waiting, Lady Eva Dugdale, who also admired the garden.

The Queen evidently enjoyed the rest in day’s schedule which the visit offered and took two cups of tea. When Tom Brooke offered some cake, she said that she preferred the smaller ones and took two of them. Gertrude noticed noted this and said that it would give great satisfaction to the family cook-housekeeper, Waterfield, as she had made them.

Looking round the room once more, the Queen asked the name of the roses and particularly admired one named Madame Abel Chatenay.

As the Royal party left the Brooke household someone who was standing outside the house remarked that the King and Queen looked serious when they came, but that when they went away they were smiling and looking very happy and they must certainly have enjoyed their visit.


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Northgate Mount, Honley, Holmfirth


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  • Honley Station0.4 miles
  • Brockholes Station0.9 miles
  • Berry Brow Station1.1 miles
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