Raikeswood Drive, Skipton BD23


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  • Bedrooms: 4
Located in the ever popular Raikeswood area of Skipton, this extended 1930s home provides substantial sized, family orientated accommodation. Set in a slightly elevated position and backing onto woods, and with some fantastic long distance views down the Aire Valley, Raikeswood Drive is approximately half a mile from the town centre and close to open countryside for dog walking and outdoor activities. The property is predominantly double glazed with gas central heating, and features two reception rooms, a breakfast-kitchen with dining-conservatory off, four double bedrooms, one being an en suite, an entrance vestibule, reception hall, utility room and cloakroom. Having ample parking at the front, a substantial single garage and to the rear, ample sized gardens with decked areas for alfresco dining and relaxing, and enjoying some pleasant views onto the woods and down the Aire Valley. Skipton has some of the best schools in the country and the bustling high street with an array of shops and restaurants and having excellent transport links to London, Leeds and Manchester.

Ground floor

An entrance vestibule with tiled floor provides a boot room and leads into the reception hall with oak flooring and panelled staircase. The sitting room features a Victorian style living flame coal effect fire with timber surround and tiled hearth, cornice to the ceiling and provides ample space for a couple of sofas and furniture, and having a semi-circular bow window with stained and leaded top lights, providing some pleasant long distance views across Skipton onto the moors. A spacious living room is set to the rear of the property and with a panoramic return window offering a pleasant outlook onto the gardens and woods beyond. Featuring a period style fireplace with cast iron and tiled interior encompassing a coal effect gas fire sat on a tiled hearth. With fitted shelves to one side of the chimney breast and extended at the rear, this room has ample space for a couple of sofas and chairs and to the rear, a dining suite. Having oak flooring and cornice to the ceiling. The breakfast-kitchen features a comprehensive range of units finished in a light oak style with traditional handles to the cupboards and drawers, and with some glass fronted display units, wine rack, and having granite effect worktops over. A peninsula breakfast bar area provides seating for two people and there is a Rangemaster cooker with matching canopy hood, and space for a dishwasher and fridge freezer. Attractive views onto the woods and moors beyond from a return double glazed window with twin bowl sink below. A full height door gives access to a walk-in pantry cupboard under the stairs, and a further door leads down into the utility room.

Ground floor continued

The utility room and WC are at a lower level to the kitchen and includes space for washing machines and tumble driers, built in units and sink and having a door and window into the rear garden decked area. A cloakroom has a WC and washbasin. The dining-conservatory is approached from the kitchen and has double glazed units to all elevations offering some tremendous views down the Aire Valley and onto woodland, and also accesses onto the Alfresco dining areas from a pair of double glazed French doors. Providing ample space for an eight person dining suite, and a room that is used daily for family meals.

First floor

The spacious landing is typical of this period and offers ample space for access to the bedrooms as well as a drop down loft hatch giving access to the roof space, providing good storage, and with a separate WC off. The master bedroom is set to the rear of the property with attractive views onto the allotments and woods below, and with feature exposed timber floor, ample space for a double bed, and having a full height door giving access to a walk-in wardrobe. The en suite shower room has an enclosure with thermostatic shower, period pedestal washbasin, WC and timber panelled walls. Bedroom two is set at the front of the property with terrific views across town onto the moors, and again with ample space for a double bed and furniture, also having a range of fitted wardrobes with cupboards above. Bedroom three is of similar proportions to bedroom two with fitted wardrobes and cupboards, and ample space for a double bed and side units and with a pleasant outlook onto the woods. Bedroom four is a single bedroom with views onto the woods at the rear, and bedroom five / home-office is a small single bedroom or perfect home office/study area with double glazed window to the front of the property. The house bathroom featuring a large contemporary style bath with lever taps, thermostatic shower over, washbasin and being fully tiled. A double glazed window looks onto the woods and there is a built-in linen cupboard.


To the front of the property a tarmacadam driveway provides access to the garage and firther parking for a couple of vehicles, and with further on street parking immediately adjacent. To the rear of the property there are two split level raised decked areas provide fantastic barbecue and alfresco dining areas, and a flagged area for sheds and further relaxing space. Steps lead down to a lawned area with raised beds, a timber shed and with all the rear garden space having a pleasant outlook onto allotments and woodland, as well as long distance views down the Aire valley.

A large single garage has ample storage for outdoor gear and also houses the property's Worcester combination boiler. A dual access timber door provides vehicular access and pedestrian access, and a further door at the rear leads directly into the gardens.


The historic market town of Skipton (in Craven) is known as the 'Gateway to the Dales' and provides extensive recreational facilities with stunning open countryside nearby. On the cusp of the Yorkshire Dales National Park with excellent walking, climbing and fishing including the famous Yorkshire 3 Peaks. Craven has its fair share of gourmet pubs, restaurants and excellent sporting facilities including a state of the art swimming pool and gym. Leeds and Manchester are within comfortable daily commuting distance and direct trains to London’s Kings Cross as well as Leeds, Bradford and the Settle to Carlisle line, run regularly. Skipton offers a wide range of shopping with High Street brands including Marks & Spencer’s Food as well as a diverse range of private retailers and regular markets. Another central attraction is the Leeds Liverpool Canal which provides fishing, boat hire and sightseeing trips as well as walks on the level. Skipton Castle is one of the best preserved in the UK. There are very well respected primary and secondary schools within the town including Skipton Girls High & Ermysteds Grammar. Skipton was voted by The Sunday Times as the best place to live in Britain, in particular for its low crime rates, top-class schools and great transport links. In addition to been voted Best Street Market and Best place to Retire, in 2017 the Office of National Statistics revealed that Skipton is officially the happiest place to live in the UK.

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