Yorkshire developers have broken ground in the creation of a £1.6m collection of family homes in a rural hideaway between Harrogate and Ripon, coveted by TV and movie celebrities.
Kyme Homes has breathed new life into the site of the former Hare and Hounds pub in Burton Leonard, a village of just 1,000 residents but one which boasts an interesting heritage.
The idyll was for many years the home of the late David Nobbs, the author of BBC series The Fall and Rise of Reginald Perrin, starring Leonard Rossiter. He also worked with John Cleese, Frankie Howerd, The Two Ronnies, Ken Dodd and Tommy Cooper.
And it hit the front page headlines all over the world when it was rumoured that 007 James Bond himself, actor Daniel Craig, was house-hunting in the village in the search of a home that was licensed to thrill.
Now a bespoke collection of just five stone-fronted homes in the village has been launched to market this week through the Harrogate and Ripon offices of estate agent Linley & Simpson, with asking prices starting at £305,000. One has already been sold, and there has already been significant interest in the other four.
Nestling near the village green in the heart of a conservation area, St Leonard’s Row takes its identity from the same ancient church that also lent the village its name.
Its new-build cottages occupy the site of the former Hare and Hounds, a historic pub dating to the 19th century, which called last orders and closed its doors for the final time in 2017.
Director of Land and New Homes at Linley & Simpson, David Waddington, said: “Burton Leonard is a rural hideaway, set amongst rolling farmland and woodland – a hidden gem in a dell along narrow, winding lanes off the main A61 Harrogate to Ripon road.
“It is the quintessential North Yorkshire country village, yet with the gateway of the A1 motorway on its doorstep.
“While just 1,000 residents or so live there, it is brimming with the very best of a thriving village life which is attracting young families in ever-increasing numbers – thanks to an infants’ school with an ‘outstanding’ rating.
“There is also well-attended local church and a raft of well-organised village activities – including its renowned annual scarecrow festival – which add a true community feel to one of Harrogate’s most sought-after villages.”
St Leonard’s Row is the latest development brought to life by Kyme Homes, an independent housebuilder based in Tadcaster, North Yorkshire, with a track-record of developments in Harrogate, York and North Leeds.
It is a growing success story thanks to the expertise of co-Managing Directors Nick Wright, a qualified chartered surveyor who has specialised in the property industry for over two decades; and Dom Greeves, the former site manager responsible for the Yorkshire’s Xscape development, before switching his construction skills to residential developments. He can also claim an accolade for having one of his houses featured on national TV, receiving a resounding endorsement from Location Location’s Phil Spencer.
Each of the properties has three bedrooms, including a master bedroom with an en-suite bathroom.
All include sealed unit double glazing, gas central heating, and a choice of contemporary kitchen units and worktops.
To the front is a forecourt garden, whilst to the rear is an enclosed lawned garden with paved patio. An archway leads to the rear, where there are two private dedicated car parking spaces to each property.
The properties have the added benefit of a ten year warranty, plus they can be purchased through the Help to Buy scheme, which is supporting an ever-increasing number of homebuyers move on or up the housing ladder.