A GRAND home in the village of West Marton near Skipton has been put up for sale for a cool £2.25 million.

Croft House, described as 'one of the finest homes in Craven' was originally built in 1939 for a prominent mill owner and is on the market for only the second time in its history, says agents Dacre, Son and Hartley.

The substantial period home includes beautiful, landscaped gardens, a paddock and grazing land, together of more than seven acres.

Inside, there are six double bedrooms, three of which have bathrooms and dressing rooms, three reception rooms, a Smallbone kitchen with breakfast room, study, wine cellar, utility room and even a library.

The property also has extensive cellars and a pair of double garages. It was originally built for a descendant of the Utley family, successful cotton weavers from nearby Nelson.

Patrick McCutcheon, head of residential at Dacre, Son and Hartley, said: “Croft House is undoubtedly one of Craven’s finest homes and exudes quality, confidence and grace that is typical of the period.

“It really is a standout home and is now for sale for only the second time since it was built, making this an extremely rare opportunity to acquire this beautifully proportioned home with magnificent gardens. It also has the added advantage of a paddock and additional grazing land, which will appeal to those with equestrian interests or other space consuming hobbies.

“Its highly desirable location, with excellent links to Yorkshire and East Lancashire’s business centres, is another huge selling point. The property also enjoys far reaching views across Southern Dales countryside, but is still less than seven miles from Skipton, which benefits from good rail links, high quality retail and leisure facilities, as well as numerous highly regarded schools.”