Nestled in a conservation area, yet easily accessible from Wakefield, head out along the Doncaster road, turn off onto Heath Common and sense the tranquility settle upon your shoulders.
A village brimming with historical buildings and impressive imposing homes, Heath is often afforded the title ‘Village of Mansions’, giving it an exclusive, aspirational appeal.
OWNER QUOTE: “It feels like you’re in the middle of the Dales, Heath is a real hidden gem; a lot of people don’t realise it exists!”
Pull along the driveway at Woodside, a home built in the 1950s and retained in the same family ever since. Originally designed as a bungalow, the home has been lovingly extended to serve modern family needs and is enveloped in swathes of lawn and gardens totalling around three quarters of an acre.
Let the light flow
With ample space for cars, park up and make your way to the front entrance, where large, glazed doors arch up, setting the scene for the broad, bright entrance hall beyond.
Tiling is practical and low maintenance underfoot, running through to the kitchen-diner and orangery beyond.
Peep through the first door on the left, into the light-filled lounge, where morning sunshine streams in through the bay window overlooking the front garden. Cosily carpeted in cream, ornate stained-glass to the side window catches the eye. Cool in summer time, snuggle up in front of the warmth of the open coal fire in the winter months and settle down to a Christmas movie with the family.
OWNER QUOTE: “There is so much space for children and families both indoors and outside.”
Deceptively large, sneak a peek through the second door on the left, where the large kitchen-diner awaits. Brimming with storage, a large larder cupboard provides plentiful storage alongside an abundance of cupboards and drawers. Feel the warmth from the cream Aga infuse the room, creating a homely hospitality and transforming the kitchen into the hub of the home.
Black granite worktops provide plenty of preparation space for slicing and dicing, whilst the sunken Belfast sink and exposed beam above add a country feel to this spot-lit kitchen. Soak up views all the way along the garden, perfect for watching the kids play as you prepare dinner.
Continue through to the handy side porch leading to an ‘every day entrance’ and utility room, where cupboard units provide further storage alongside an additional sunken Belfast sink. Plumbing is available here for a washer dryer. Formerly the garage, this spacious room is a versatile space which could easily serve as a tucked away study for those wishing to work from home.
Refresh and unwind
Returning to the entrance hall, refresh and revive in the family bathroom, centrally located at the end of the hall. Spacious and bright the bathroom is tastefully fitted with brass fittings and contains a wash basin, WC and bath with overhead shower, dressed in white tiling to the walls and tiled underfoot to mirror the entrance hallway and kitchen.
Next door to the bathroom, and opposite the kitchen, flow through to the dining room, a wow factor room, where the scope of the stunning orangery beyond immediately reveals itself.
Dine at the table, or flow out through the French doors to dine alfresco on the patio, soaking up the summer sunshine. The feature fireplace adds ambience, filled with pinecones for festive cheer in the winter months.
Soak up the views
Embodying the aristocratic feel of the Victorian era, step through into the classical, bespoke Amdiga orangery, resplendent in its ornate wrought ironwork, where sumptuous views of the garden serenade you from every angle.
Step outside and soak up the birdsong and serenity of this sublime spot.
And so to bed…
When slumber calls, make your way to the master bedroom, tucked off the entrance hall. Bathed in light and views courtesy of the bay window to the front and large patio doors to the side, this cream carpeted bedroom is a real retreat for the senses. Wake up to the dawn chorus and slip outside for the first cuppa of the day. What could be better? Fitted wardrobes provide plenty of storage space.
Taking the staircase up to the first floor, discover two identical double bedrooms, both served by a bathroom containing shower, wash basin and WC.
On the left, a light, bright bedroom overlooks the fields to the front, brimming with storage in the eaves.
Turning right at the top of the stairs, a second bedroom frames views out over the garden, retaining a cosy, cottagey feel.
Returning downstairs step outside into the three quarters of an acre of lush lawns and mature borders surrounding Woodside.
Discover hidden spaces, sit beneath the pretty pagoda and explore the many different elements to the garden.
At the bottom of the garden, discover an enormous shed, perched on the perfect site for a summer house, garage or office.
Brimming with planting, this garden is every green fingered gardener’s dream. Mature conifers provide plenty of privacy and screening whilst retaining the sunlight.
Snooze beneath the shade of the mature willow tree or have adventures in the surrounding woodland. Perfect for families and pet owners alike.
Out and about
Nestled in a conservation area, step outside where there are so many walks to be enjoyed close by. Head up Goosehill, returning by Kirkthorpe Hall and Half Moon Lake, stopping off at the King’s Arms for a refreshing pint only thirty seconds walk from home.
OWNER QUOTE: “Lot of people come up here walking to Half Moon Lake, its spectacular when the bluebells are out.”
Wander the common and discover the Whittling Well, a well constructed in the style of a stone archway dating back to the 18th century, a source of water for local livestock, now protected under a listed building status. Other historic sites on the common include the Pinfold, a walled grassy area built into the hillside close to the local carpark and once used to house errant livestock until they were claimed by their owner.
With such verdant country surroundings it is hard to believe Woodside is only three miles from the centre of Wakefield, making it the ultimate country refuge for those commuting to work. Only a stone’s throw from the M62 and its links to the north and south, connect with city life in no time at all.
At weekends treat yourself to breakfast at the local café, a converted cottage with outside seating.
Nostell Priory and surrounding parkland is close by for days out in the holidays, whilst classic car fairs and other events often take place on the common; community feel is at the heart of Heath. Perfect your swing at the nearby golf course in Walton. There is so much to do nearby.
For those looking to build memories in peaceful, tranquil surrounds, Woodside is a spacious family home, brimming with potential.
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Fully double glazed
Gas central heating throughout
Mains water and septic tank
Wakefield City Council
Council Tax Band F
EPC rating E