The Most Bizarre Houses In Yorkshire
The UK is full of weird and wonderful properties. Not all of them are habitable, however, there are a few surprises in the region of Yorkshire that are pretty unusual and very much lived in. Speaking on bizarre properties in his home county of Yorkshire, Karl McArdle, of The Property Buying Company said, “Working in property and being a Yorkshire man myself, I’m fascinated by the different types of properties that are out there. It’s always incredible to discover new gems that may have been hidden from public knowledge for a while.” Here are the top 5 bizarre properties that stand out from the crowd in Yorkshire.
North Shire, Saltburn-by-the-Sea
The Shire is actually used as a holiday home now and contains a luxury bathroom, with rolltop bath, fully fitted kitchen and stunning countryside views, close to the seaside. Its grass roof and circular doors and windows look like they’ve come straight out of a Tolkien novel and the quaint wooden outdoor seating area is ideal for hobbits and humans alike. This quirky property is set inside 6 acres of beautiful farmland that has been restored to create a holiday retreat that includes different types of properties throughout. If you’re looking for a bizarre house then this is a good starting place.
Debroyd Castle Lodge, Todmorden
This Grade II-listed castle lodge is set just inside the gates of the imposing historic Dobroyd Castle on the Todmorden Moors. The modest, three-bedroom property features turrets and the outstanding architecture makes it appear to be a mini castle all of its own. Although fully modernised inside, it still maintains its charming heritage feel and as it’s in the heart of the Pennines, the views are incredible. Private, charming and definitely bizarre.
Scott Hall Farm, M62
There has long been a myth surrounding why this house is slap-bang in the middle of the M-62. It was rumoured that former owner, Ken Wild, refused to sell his land when plans were made for the motorway. The truth is that a geological quirk meant that particular part of land was too steep to build on. The farm is now part of Yorkshire Water’s ‘Beyond Nature’ initiative to support the land, water and wildlife surrounding it.
Situated in the Holme Valley, this underground house has been built into the side of a hill and covered with growth. Arthur Quarmby was the architect behind the property and lived there for 41 years with his family before deciding to downsize in retirement a few years ago. As it has a low carbon footprint, it is fairly cheap to run. The beautiful circular swimming pool lies at the heart of the house and is lit by a huge skylight. Set within an acre of grounds, this property is a hobbit mansion, with a sustainable garden and workshop. It’s the perfect family home and the beautiful architecture, that focuses heavily on allowing as much natural light into the property as possible, is delightful.
Hawksbridge Baptist Chapel, Oxenhope
This disused church was fully restored and made into a family home. Throughout the process, owners, Colin and Emma Clewes, were advised by architect, George Clarke, and featured in his TV series, Restoration Man. The 100—year-old church still had its pews and alter when the couple bought it and they have upcycled and re-stored these to incorporate them into the family living space. With stained glass windows, a mezzanine master bedroom and cemetery garden, this home is bizarre, but it’s also wonderful to see that a piece of history has been so lovingly brought back to life.