Location is, famously, one of the most important factors to affect a property’s value and guide a buyer’s decisions.
Some house-hunters want to live near the best school, many prefer to move closer to the shops, and others need easy access to transport links.
For a few, though, there’s no greater draw than sports and leisure facilities, and top of these attractions is the golf course.
Golf is thought to be the UK’s sixth most popular participation sport, and one MORI poll found that six per cent of the adult population played the game, making it a more popular pursuit than tennis, cricket, athletics or even less active pastimes such as snooker and darts.
There are more than 7,500 golf courses in England alone; about a dozen of those are in our district – including Pannal, Oakdale, Harrogate, Ripon, Masham, Scarthingwell, Scarcroft and Linton –and there are literally scores more within easy driving range.
The following three properties are all within chipping distance of the green, and would suit golf-lovers to a tee.
The unusually-named Green Noah is a spacious detached family home, with four bedrooms and large gardens, in the Duchy area of northern Harrogate.
There are currently extensive cellars beneath the main accommodation, which could be developed into additional living accommodation and would link with the back garden. Because it stands in spacious gardens, there is also scope for further extension to the side of the property, subject to obtaining the necessary consents.
But for many, it will be the location that sets this house apart from others, as it backs onto Oakdale woods and golf course.
The town centre is just a mile distant, and the A61 heading north is a minute’s drive away.
Across town, on the south side of Harrogate, Glenholme is another detached family home, in an elevated position with long-range views over the Crimple Valley.
It’s generously proportioned, with five bedrooms, two reception rooms and a 30-foot-long dining kitchen. It too has large gardens, and just across the road is Pannal golf course. It also has the added benefit of being close to Pannal railway station, which is on the Leeds-Harrogate line, and to the A61, giving it easy access to Leeds.
Finally, Burndell is a large detached house set in gently sloping south-facing gardens on Linton’s most exclusive road. Stone-built beneath a pantile roof, it has around 3,000 square feet of accommodation, including four reception rooms, four bedrooms and a large galleried landing.
The kitchen, reception hall, landing, master bedroom and further bedroom have all been fitted with air-conditioning.
Outside, there is a detached double garage, and, at just over half an acre, the gardens are spacious enough to allow extension of the house, subject to planning permission. There is a paved Yorkshire stone patio area to the front and another large entertaining area to the rear.
Wetherby town itself is only a mile away, but Wetherby Golf Club – the actual clubhouse, not the ninth hole – is just a stroll across the road.