During the long, lazy days of an English heat-wave, there’s only one place to be, and that’s messing about on the water.
If you live by the sea, that’s easy – there’s a lot of it to share – but if you live inland, as we do, then it be a little more difficult.
Thankfully, we make up for our sea-lessness with our rivers and becks – we’ve got loads of them – but the only sure-fire, long-term way of bagging your place on the riverbank is to buy a piece of it.
The following four properties all have a river running through them and are all currently for sale.
Halfway up the winding Pot Bank, near Beckwithshaw west of Harrogate, the aptly-named Pot Bank Cottage (middle pic) is a large, stone-built farmhouse, sheltered by the towering pines of Cardale Woods.
It has four bedrooms, four reception rooms, beautiful views and a wealth of period features, including exposed beams and stone fireplaces.
Outside, there is some 1,300 sq ft of garaging and storage which could be well suited to a home business.
One of its main attractions is its gardens and grounds, which include a cottage garden and hidden oriental garden on the eastern side, a further sloping lawned garden to the south and a paddock that borders Oak Beck – a tributary of the River Nidd – to the north.
Skarthi (bottom pic) in Darley lies on a site formerly used for drying jute, within the Nidderdale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
It was designed by the present owners and built in 1968/9 by local master builder John A Simpson from stone acquired from demolition of a local malt kiln.
It has four large bedrooms, one with an en suite wetroom, and a large roof void for storage.
Outside, there is an attached double garage, plenty of parking space, and nearly an acre of gardens bordered by Scot Beck – a tributary of Darley Beck – and woodland area with green fields beyond.
In Collingham, 1 Millbeck Green (main pic, above) is a detached, extended family home on a corner plot.
It has four bedrooms and potential for a fifth, and the layout could lend itself to the creation of a self-contained annexe, with both internal and external access, which could be ideal for older children, guests or dependent relatives.
Outside, there’s an integral garage with access to study area, and a summerhouse and garden shed. The south-west-facing back garden has steps down to Collingham Beck, as well as a wooden bridge over to the far side where there is another piece of natural garden.
Finally, 7 Flaxton Terrace (top pic) is a three-storey, stone-built terraced house off Mill Lane in Pannal, to the south of Harrogate.
Surprisingly spacious, it has three bedrooms, off-street parking for one vehicle and several period features, such as sash windows and original fireplaces.
To the front of the property, there is a beautiful long garden which culminates in a raised decking area overlooking Crimple Beck – the perfect place to unwind.