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Dean Lane, Sowerby Bridge, HX6


A Georgian family home dating back to 1729 and with Grade II listed status as befitting one of the area's leading family homes. The property is divided into two parts. The main residence has four large bedrooms and three good reception rooms plus a family kitchen and a wonderful reception hall, whilst the annex has three further double bedrooms, two reception rooms and another dining kitchen. All this set within idyllic gardens and grounds totalling around 3 acres.

The property has character and charm, and is currently producing an income, the annex being rented by longstanding tenants. The question is, how would you utilise it? Of course it's a good sized family home with an annex at present, but it would easily convert back into what would be a magnificent single dwelling, or perhaps you're looking to build a business here, and the possibilities are endless, subject to planning consent, of course.

There are schools nearby, in Sowerby and at Rishworth, and the house is just a short walk into the village for local shops and the church. For anyone needing access to Leeds or Manchester the property is only 9 miles from the M62 motorway at Ripponden, whilst there's also the train station down the hill in Sowerby Bridge.

So, if you fancy being surrounded by countryside, but still in touch with the city, or if you've plans or a great business idea, then this could be just the place for you.


  • Fabulous Georgian home with annex
  • 3 acres of grounds
  • 4 bedrooms & 3 reception rooms to house
  • 3 bedrooms & 2 reception rooms to annex
  • Courtyard and garaging
  • Retaining period features

Full Details

The Property

Approached from a private, leafy driveway through a stone pillared gateway opposite open fields, Longfield is a little piece of Halifax's rich history. Constructed in 1729, this Grade II listed property retains many of the features of the period and is perhaps the most authentic example of a Georgian home in the local area. From the wide floorboards and the Yorkshire stone floors to the box framed doorways, from the full height shuttered windows to the old lady staircase... we've even retained the servants' bells, though we don't expect anyone will come running if one was to ring today! We fell in love with the style of the property and the size of the rooms, large formal spaces made cozy and comfortable, and around three acres of grounds will make explorers out of the kids and create a tranquil space in which to relax.

What to Expect

Drive through the stone pillared gateway and up the private, leafy driveway through the extensive grounds and you will arrive at the old stone cobbled courtyard at the rear of the house. There is garaging/workshop/stabling off to the left and plenty of parking space besides. The whole house consists of seven bedrooms and five reception rooms, but the rear has been divided off to form a separate three bedroomed cottage, a good size in its own right. It would very easily be converted back, of course, but it does make a rather special guest house for your visitors... The rooms throughout the property are a magnificent size, as one might hope from a property of this calibre and period, and you really do get that sense of grandeur walking round. It's a large family home, with bags of character, set to semi-wooded grounds with nice gardens, too.

The Main Residence


The original main entrance to the house from the pillared Georgian entrance.

REAR RECEPTION HALL :17′ 11″ x 11′ 9″ (5.47m x 3.57m)

A wonderful old reception hall which has a stone floor and a multitude of features, including the arched door frame through to the old entrance hall.

LOUNGE :18′ 2″ x 17′ 12″ (5.53m x 5.48m)

A comfortable and spacious dual aspect living room which really takes full advantage of the high windows with the aspects over the gardens. The windows have full height folding shutters, another wonderful traditional feature. There's a fireplace in here, enclosing a gas fire.

DINING ROOM :17′ 11″ x 17′ 11″ (5.47m x 5.47m)

A truly grand dining room, again with high, shuttered windows looking out over the gardens, and with picture railing and ceiling coving. The main focal point of the room is the rather large fireplace, and there is ample space for a table for eight or more, along with sideboards and other furniture, as required.

STUDY :17′ 7″ x 11′ 9″ (5.35m x 3.58m)

Looking out to the front of the house is this good sized study, den or ground floor bedroom. Lined with bookshelves and fitted with cupboards, it's an ideal workspace.

FAMILY KITCHEN :16′ 8″ x 15′ 6″ (5.09m x 4.72m)

A real family sized dining kitchen which has a large stone fireplace and a stone floor. We imagine this room to be the real heartbeat of the house, and it's fitted with a range of base and wall units to tiled surrounds, and there are windows along opposite walls flooding the room with light. The old servants' bells are situated at the entrance to the kitchen, one of our favourite features.

UTILITY ROOM :11′ 7″ x 6′ 0″ (3.54m x 1.83m)

A useful laundry room with a Belfast sink, a stone floor and a range of fitted linen cupboards.

CLOAKROOM :13′ 1″ x 6′ 0″ (3.99m x 1.83m)

A traditional cloakroom which has a stone floor and plenty of space for coats, shoes and boots. The cloakroom leads through to the WC at the end.


Fitted with a traditional white two piece suite consisting of a high level WC and a wash basin.


A large, ornate door leads down to the vaulted cellar rooms which are ideal for storage or to keep your wine.


The old lady staircase leads to a half landing which then splits into two directions. The front staircase leads to a landing which has a beautiful old circular window, whilst the rear leads up to the first floor study/library.

STUDY :17′ 11″ x 11′ 9″ (5.47m x 3.57m)

Approached via a small staircase from the half landing, this study/library is a lovely place to work from. It's lined with bookshelves and has wide, open floorboards.

BEDROOM ONE :17′ 11″ x 17′ 11″ (5.47m x 5.47m)

A large bedroom which is lined with bookshelves.

BEDROOM TWO :18′ 3″ x 18′ 2″ (5.57m x 5.54m)

The blue room is a large bedroom in the front part of the house and has a deep coving running round the ceiling. The richness of the room is contrasted by the light coming in from the windows overlooking the trees at the front.

BEDROOM THREE :17′ 11″ x 10′ 2″ (5.47m x 3.1m)

To many, this third bedroom would stand as the principle bedroom within the house, as it has a private bathroom. Situated to the front, and with views over the trees and the fields beyond.

EN-SUITE BATHROOM :17′ 11″ x 7′ 3″ (5.47m x 2.21m)

Converted from two bathrooms, this good sized room is fitted with a four piece suite consisting of a low level WC, a wash basin, a bath and a large shower enclosure. Walls and the floor are tiled.


Situated behind the first floor study, this hallway leads to a bedroom and bathroom.

BEDROOM FOUR :12′ 2″ x 11′ 11″ (3.72m x 3.63m)

A fourth double bedroom, this one with a decorative fireplace.

BATHROOM :12′ 2″ x 10′ 6″ (3.72m x 3.21m)

A large family bathroom which is divided in two, the WC set to a small room to one corner. The wash basin, the large shower enclosure and the bath are within the main body of the bathroom, and walls are tiled.

The Annex


A small lobby screening the dining room from the outside.

LOUNGE :24′ 8″ x 11′ 10″ (7.51m x 3.61m)

A large living room which has plenty of room for lounge and dining furniture. There are windows overlooking the gardens.

DINING ROOM :15′ 5″ x 14′ 9″ (4.69m x 4.5m)

A good sized dining room which would also make a nice sitting room. There's a wooden, open tread staircase to the first floor.

KITCHEN :15′ 5″ x 14′ 4″ (4.69m x 4.38m)

A family kitchen which is extensively fitted with base and wall units with matching drawers and work surfaces to tiled surrounds. There's a staircase running behind the kitchen, off a small lobby, up to the first floor.


Fitted with a white two piece suite consisting of a low level WC and a wash basin set to a small vanity unit.


Connected at either end by the main staircase and the stairs behind the kitchen.

BEDROOM ONE :15′ 1″ x 11′ 10″ (4.6m x 3.61m)

A great double bedroom in keeping with the main house, occupying the rear corner of the property.

BEDROOM TWO :15′ 1″ x 12′ 0″ (4.59m x 3.67m)

Another good double room.

BEDROOM THREE :12′ 0″ x 11′ 5″ (3.67m x 3.48m)

A third double bedroom within the annex, this one off a small corridor.

BATHROOM :9′ 7″ x 8′ 7″ (2.91m x 2.62m)

A large bathroom which is fitted with a wash basin, a bath and a large shower enclosure. Walls and the floor are tiled and there is a chrome heated towel rail.


A separate WC, beside the bathroom, with a low level WC.

A Little Piece of History

The former home of the much loved MP and television celebrity Austin Mitchell and his family, Longfield awaits you and your family for the next chapter in its illustrious history. Constructed in 1729 as one of the area's most prestigious homes, the property has retained much of the Georgian grandeur and character, and has seen more than we can imagine during its time. It's Grade II listed status illustrates its importance in the local community, and most recently it has entertained dignitaries and prime ministers from across the world as well as being a comfortable family home for five decades.


The old stable block provides ample garaging for two vehicles plus a further garage/store room.
There is ample car parking for several cars within the cobbled courtyard to the head of the leafy private driveway.

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