Offers in excess of £550,000
Rochdale Road, Todmorden, West Yorkshire, OL14
Located in the popular Calder Valley town on Todmorden, recently named by the Sunday Times as one of the Best Places to Live, Dawson Weir House substantial period property presenting versatile accommodation boasting an impressive Georgian frontage with origins dating back to the early 1700's. The house is ideal for a large or extended family, and it offers a great business opportunity as either a holiday let or bed and breakfast accommodation. Todmorden is a vibrant town with a very active local community, excellent social scene and idyllic countryside.
A substantial period property presenting versatile accommodation boasting an impressive Georgian frontage with origins dating back to the early 1700's. The house is ideal for a large or extended family, and it offers a great business opportunity as either a holiday let or bed and breakfast accommodation.
The property offers spacious accommodation which is presented to the highest of standards throughout offering the potential to create a self-contained annexe, leisure or business suite without compromising character or orientation of the main living areas. Dawson Weir House stands proudly within this popular village offering immediate access to glorious open countryside whilst at the same time being highly commutable located central to major commercial centres and only a 5-minute walk from a railway station. Local services and amenities are in abundance and include highly regarded schools.
This magnificent home retains original features; examples of which are displayed from the outset. The property has been sympathetically refurbished throughout with great care and attention to detail being focussed on the charm and character of the period. Dawson Weir House has been restored to an exemplary standard with emphasis encompassed around the atmosphere of this historically important home.
A stone cobbled path leads to a beautiful arched portico and surround to a grand front entrance door which opens to the formal reception vestibule. Features displayed immediately include deep skirting boards, tiling to the floor and an original glass panelled door with ornate stained glass and leaded inserts. The inner reception hall presents an impressive welcoming introduction to the property; the main staircase leading to the first floor landing. Formal reception rooms on either side of the ground reception, present grand living accommodation in the form of spacious light filled rooms, once again showcasing exquisite retained original features, ranging from ornate cornices, high ceiling heights, deep skirting boards and period fireplaces.
A bespoke kitchen is situated to the rear aspect of the house accessed via a versatile vaulted room and has a useful walk-in pantry and a utility which opens to the rear of the property. A further staircase leads to a second landing which gives access to what could be a self-contained first floor suite. The first and second floor accommodation is both generous and versatile in orientation with 4/5 bedrooms accessed from the main landing whilst also providing office / study accommodation. Each of the bedrooms are spacious and full of natural light delightful character features; a theme which continues throughout the property. From the second landing access is gained to a leisure floor and additional bedrooms resulting in the potential to create Guest and family accommodation; allowing high levels of privacy whilst at the same time lending itself to varying uses including a self-contained, teenage / granny suite or comfortable home office.
Externally the property enjoys well maintained grounds with parking being in abundance whilst also offering enclosed seating areas to the south and west aspects of the property. A private gate to the rear opens directly onto the canal towpath immediately accessing delightful walks and an idyllic external lifestyle.
The area around Todmorden offers a host of excellent amenities: a leisure centre, supermarkets, cafes and restaurants, along with both open and covered markets, together with many attractive, individual shops, especially in the popular nearby town of Hebden Bridge.
The pubs and bars locally attract a number of high profile acts and performers including the likes of Jarvis Cocker and Leftfield in recent years.
The local roads and trails also offer some challenging cycling routes for both road cyclists and mountain-bikers. The property is within comfortable commuting distance, by road or rail, of most parts of West Yorkshire, Lancashire and Greater Manchester, and Manchester, Leeds/Bradford and Liverpool Airports can all be reached in little over an hour. There are several good primary schools within easy reach, and a number of both state and private secondary schools, including two state Grammar Schools in Halifax.
Morning Room / Snug
Ensuite Shower Room
Bedroom / Gym
Originally the "Coach and Horses" Inn (built in the 17th century), the house was bought by "Honest" John Fielden, and the current Georgian front added in the late 18th/early 19th century. He married Ann Grindrod in 1811 and they moved into the house, which he renamed as "Dawson Weir" – the name originating from the weir at the back of the property. At the time there was little else around the property, apart from fields, a few cottages, a stretch of canal and the Fielden's small spinning factory across the road. The factory grew to become the largest in the area, if not the country, and was known as "Waterside Mill". The house was inhabited by John Fielden and his family – they had eight children (one of whom died in infancy) – until around 1843 when it was felt to have outlived its purpose for them, and they moved to Centre Vale House in Todmorden (this no longer stands, but some ruins and a plan of the house can be seen in Centre Vale Park, along with a statue of "Honest" John himself). The house then was lived in by the General Manager of the Waterside Mill for some time, and was regularly used for meetings related to the Fielden's business. Following this, the house was used as both offices for the mill's administrative staff and as an offshoot of the mill itself. A crane was sited in the attic (no longer there) to bring goods in from the canal running behind the house – the doorway can still be seen, as can the large entrance (now a large picture window) below into which the goods were brought. The house is part of the "Todmorden Trail" (a walk around Todmorden, visiting buildings of great significance to the town's history), and was given Grade II Listed status in 1984. A blue plaque commemorating John Fielden's history with the house was erected in 2013 by the Fielden Society (a group who aim to keep the history of the Todmorden part of the Fielden family intact) and Todmorden Town Council.
"When I first viewed Dawson Weir House I was taken aback by the grandeur of the property with its Georgian façade, beautiful front door, entrance hallway and imposing position by the weir. We were awe inspired by the magnificent history and famous prior occupant, along with the space and the creative possibilities of what we could do with it," recalls the current owner.
"I was keen to bring the house up to modern standards and started by investing in two new high efficiency boilers which form the basis of a modern, internet-enabled set of home comforts. The roof insulation was also improved to help heat up the property more quickly and for home working the house now has the best inbound internet connections possible."
"Todmorden is a fantastic place with a real sense of community amongst the town's inhabitants. Where else do you know that has large, white 'Kindness' words written into its hillsides along with numerous vegetable patches dotted around offering free food. There's a good choice of outstanding pubs and The Golden Lion has regularly hosted some incredible live acts that are known worldwide. It feels completely rural with the most amazing walks and mountain bike rides accessible straight from my back door, but on an evening, I can be Manchester within a 25-minute train ride for a night out. It's definitely not my intention to leave this area!"
"It's a complete joy to watch new life appearing throughout the seasons in the amazingly rich front garden. The real star of the outside space though is the wonderful, peaceful rear terrace that adjoins the canal. Aside from the occasional walker or cyclist going by, it feels secluded and is lovely in the mid-late afternoon when the westerly light illuminates it. We've enjoyed many a G&T out here, amongst the greenery of the large trees that sit on the opposite side of the canal."
"Summer and spring mornings are best spent listening to the radio with a coffee in the Drawing Room or Sitting Room as they are flooded with beautiful light. The kitchen is a dream for those who love to cook and the rear lounge with its solid fuel burner, stone mullion windows and view of the surrounding hills is a wonderful place to get cosy in the evening. Finally, who could forget the Games Room with its terrace and lovely view overlooking the canal? This is a perennial socialising room for when friends visit where we've enjoyed many a game of pool, snooker and darts," concludes the current owner.
- STUNNING GRADE II LISTED HOME
- BEAUTIFULLY RESTORED
- ORIGINAL PERIOD FEATURES
- SPACIOUS ACCOMMODATION
- GARAGE AND DRIVEWAY
- LOCAL SERVICES & AMENITIES
- COMMUTABLE POSITION
- HIGHLY REGARDED SCHOOLS
- OPEN COUNTRYSIDE