Sycamore House Farm, Balkram Edge
Sycamore Farm House
Escape the rat race and experience a change of pace…at Sycamore Farm House.
Seclusion and accessibility come hand in hand at Sycamore Farm House, a robustly built rural refuge tucked off Balkram Edge Road, not far from Halifax.
Far reaching vistas
Sweep along a gated driveway to arrive at Sycamore Farm, rebuilt in 1979 in traditional style sympathetic to its origins. Nestled amidst a patchwork of fields with far reaching views out to the fells, hunker down in this private pastoral paradise.
Set amidst raised lawns and privately fenced to the side, picturesque views of the surrounding countryside reveal themselves immediately, as you drop down to the home.
OWNER QUOTE: “The home is set low down, which makes it feel fairly private. The early morning sunrises are unbeatable.”
Country charm, contemporary comfort
Make your way into the warmth of Sycamore Farm House, entering into a handy utility room, the perfect place to kick off muddy boots, with practical luxury vinyl flooring underfoot. An array of grey cupboard units provides plenty of storage for cleaning essentials, while a sink is handy for washing down small dogs when returning from a walk with the pooch. There is also plumbing for a washer-dryer.
Sneak a peek through the door on the left, into a deep and broad storage cupboard, fitted with cabinets and ideal for stashing the Christmas decorations, clothes horse, hoover, mop and more.
Work, rest and play
Continue through the next door on the right, into a quiet office, painted in sea foam tones, with cream carpet underfoot. Note the thickness of the windowsill, looking out through the window to the surrounding garden and country views. Despite the robust walls, recently upgraded internet with fibre ensures great connections, all over the home. Formerly used as an accessible downstairs bedroom, and with the potential to serve as a playroom, this versatile room reflects Sycamore Farm House’s flexibility: it is a home ready to shape itself to the owners’ needs. Next door, the cloakroom with WC is conveniently close by, decorated in colourful, whimsical style.
Feast your eyes
Flow through to the kitchen, nestled to the left of the utility room. The heart of the home, emanating warmth through the kitchen and beyond, is the rustic yet contemporary Aga, counterbalancing the modern grey flooring and cabinetry. Exposed ceiling beams evoke a traditional feel, softened by the modern and practical central island. Integrated appliances include a dishwasher and wine fridge, with space for an American-style fridge freezer. There is also a stainless-steel sink. The standout feature of this open-plan family kitchen, with ample space for a dining table, is the breathtaking view over the fields and out to the fells. Watch the cows and sheep grazing in the field, a subtle soothing backdrop as you entertain family and friends. Feel totally private and at peace, the view from the dining table is entirely yours, you are not overlooked.
OWNER QUOTE: “As a family we tend to spend a lot of time in the kitchen, it’s the heart of the home.”
Light filled living
Exit the kitchen into an inner hallway, where light flows in through double doors to the right which open to a porch and the rear entrance where further storage awaits to either side – handy for stashing the lawn mower. Beneath the staircase to the left, discover a secret door leading to yet another storage room, ideal for all your cleaning essentials or suitcases.
OWNER QUOTE: “Storage is a big theme in this home – it’s essential for modern life. There is storage hidden throughout the home.”
Arrive at the sumptuous sitting room, a haven for entertaining. Capaciously sized, with soft carpet flowing underfoot, have fun furnishing this space with all your sofas, armchairs, coffee tables and sideboards.
Bask in the blissful views, resplendent all year round, from multiple windows to three sides. Snuggle up on the sofa in the warmth of the gas fire nestled within its stone surround. Watch for the weather patterns sweeping in, coating the fields and hillsides in a thick blanket of snow in the wintertime. Hunker down safe and warm within the robust walls of Sycamore Farm House.
OWNER QUOTE: “You don’t see many homes in this price range with the space, storage and views like this.”
Up the stairs
Returning to the hallway, take the carpeted stairs up to the first floor, pausing to admire the countryside views (which are never far from sight) at the turn.
Overlooking the front, discover bedroom three, with varnished wooden flooring underfoot and a plethora of storage in the built-in white wardrobes. With plenty of space for a double bed, there is also space for a desk, ideal for those with teenage children.
Turning left out of this bedroom, arrive at bedroom four, where a wall of louvred wooden wardrobes provide plenty of storage and views over the fields and hills extend through the window to the rear. Duck egg blue tones to the walls are soothing.
Soak and sleep
Serving both these bedrooms is the family bathroom, with claw footed roll top bath, centrally filling with shower head attachment for total comfort and relaxation. There Is also a wash basin, WC, and large walk-in shower. Tiled flooring continues part way up the walls. Warm your towel on the traditional-style heated radiator.
Continue along to where the landing turns and extends like a Tardis, a happy surprise and offering seclusion and privacy between the children’s bedrooms and the grownups’ part of the home.
Along this hallway, arrive at the master bedroom, carpeted, fitted with masses of wardrobes and neutrally decorated in feature wallpaper and soothing tones. Wake up to rural bliss, as views of fields and fellside extend out of the wide windows. So spacious is this bedroom, why not consider adding in your own ensuite?
At the culmination of this hallway, arrive at a double bedroom currently serving as a games room, with an array of built-in wardrobes and sumptuous views of the countryside beyond from windows to both sides. Consider creating your own private dressing room here, or perhaps a second upstairs office. The potential for use is vast.
Tucked down behind Yorkshire dry stone walls, the gardens surrounding Sycamore Farm House are an extension of the countryside beyond. Steps lead down to the garden from the front providing gated access out to the road. Outside, block paving provides space to sit out in the sunshine, or could be used as parking, with access beyond a gate to the shared driveway.
Protected by the dry stone walls surrounding the home, the garden is set on two levels. To the front, the upper lawn features two mature trees, providing greenery and shade and serving as a haven for wildlife. Watch as ducks waddle by, squirrels scamper amidst the high branches and chickens stroll past.
Bathed in sunshine, there is so much space for children to play, with an area to the side connecting front and back providing space for a firepit. Private and not overlooked, this garden is a true oasis. Soak up the splendour of the far-reaching views.
In the rear garden, a newly fitted fence provides privacy, sloping down to ensure the views are unencumbered. A large swathe of lawn here is ideal for barbecues with space to entertain all your family and friends.
A home for all seasons, spring sees the gardens coated in a haze of daffodils, with autumn’s mists a spectacle to behold from September onwards. In winter, experience the magic of snow days, cosy in front of the warm Aga and soaking up the rolling views beyond the window.
On your doorstep
Enjoy the best of both worlds in your fortress of solitude at Sycamore Farm House, sequestered in your own little bubble yet only a stone’s throw from all the shops, pubs and hustle and bustle of the neighbouring villages and towns.
OWNER QUOTE: “It’s a great family home, perfect for pet owners, dogs are spoiled for space here.”
Within a short walk (or wobble) of your local pub The Crossroads Inn, there are also a number of other hostelries nearby including Cat I’th Well on Wainstalls Lane and gastropub the Maypole Inn in nearby Warley Town.
For families, there are a number of nearby schools to select from including Trinity Academy, less than ten minutes’ drive away and a 5 minute country stroll to Wainstalls Primary School.
Shops, amenities and essentials can be conveniently collected within five minutes’ drive, with a Morrisons close by (featuring petrol station) and a wider range of shops available in nearby Halifax, a 10-15 minutes’ drive from the door.
For commuters, there are a number of stations nearby including Sowerby Bridge, Hebden Bridge or Halifax with good rail links to Leeds and Manchester.
Perfectly poised for avid walkers and dog owners, there are numerous walks on the doorstep in every direction. Surrounded by beauty, explore the fields, hills and parks.
For a peaceful, versatile home, where classic and contemporary combine seamlessly to provide easy, flexible family living, Sycamore Farm House is a legacy home with room to make your own mark and to enjoy for generations to come.
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Useful to know
Fully double glazed
Gas central heating throughout
Mains water and drainage
Council tax band E
EPC rating F