So, how was it for you? Was your Christmas joyous and restful, or hectic and cramped?
If the latter, and you emerged from the festive season vowing to move house before you next feed 12 people on Christmas Day, you’re certainly not alone.
Because if there’s one time of year when we all feel we could do with more room(s), it’s Christmas, when family and friends pack themselves into spaces not designed for them. Outstretched legs become trip-hazards, coats mount up on banisters and all meals are preceded by a hunt for spare chairs.
What we could all do with is a house with space for entertaining: a good-sized kitchen with separate lounge and dining room; guest bedrooms with extra bathrooms. And parking!
The following four properties have all that and, in some cases, quite a bit more. Buy one now and you’ll never spend another Christmas squeezing past the back of Auntie Joan’s chair to get to those under-used coasters.
Woodside House is a substantial property on Boroughbridge Road, in the heart of Knaresborough. With corner turret and crenellated porch and bay window, its first impression is quite romantic, but there are more recent additions to the rear, where it has been extended substantially. This has given it plenty of extra space, including a potential guest annexe with store that could be converted to a bathroom.
Of the four existing bedrooms in the main body of the house, two are already en suite and one of the remaining, larger ones could be.
Downstairs, there are three large reception rooms, as well as kitchen, breakfast room and utility room, meaning there is loads of room to spread out. Outside, there’s a lovely garden, complete with patio for entertaining.
Similarly spacious, but more modern, is Greenways, a detached family home a moment’s drive from the centre of Collingham. It has five bedrooms – three of them on the ground floor, two of them en suite – as well as two reception rooms and a sunroom.
Outside, there’s a sweeping driveway with ample parking for visitors, as well as good-sized gardens and fantastic lower Wharfedale views.
The Close in Killinghall is of a similar vintage, but with a very different, more open-plan, layout. Its four upstairs bedrooms share a house bathroom, but there is also a ground-floor guest bedroom with en suite.
Downstairs, it is largely open-plan, with its family room, breakfast kitchen and dining hall all flowing into one another; only the large living room is secluded.
Outside, there are generous gardens, plenty of parking space – and carport – and even an annexe, which would make an excellent games room or gym.
Finally, Snowden Bank Cottage at High Snowden is a beautiful detached property in the Washburn Valley. It has loads of character – beams and stone-flag floors abound – and stunning views to the south.
There are five bedrooms – potentially six – and although only one is en suite, there is also a guest shower-room downstairs, where there are also three reception rooms.
Outside, there are large gardens and decked sitting areas with stone-built barbecue – as well as parking for numerous visitors.