THE home games room is among the ‘top wants’ for ambitious homeowners, according to some estate agents.
The inexorable rise of drinking at home has taken its toll on the pub trade but the social trend is also having an impact on property. Estate agents are reporting an increase in the number of bars and games rooms as more of us create our very own ‘local’.
Tim Blenkin, of Blenkin and Co. in York, said: “The rapid rise in popularity of the games room and the widely accepted notion of ‘toys for boys’ has led to an increase in the number of bars cropping up in houses across the county.
“We often see bars tucked away in the corners of all-singing all-dancing games rooms that are wired for sound with state-of-the-art home entertainment systems. We also see the nostalgic version that attempts to recreate the warm, convivial atmosphere found in a country pub.”
Pub sheds are also increasingly common. The www.readersheds.co.uk site has a whole section devoted to them and they include the brilliantly named ‘Nags Shed’.
They are contributing to a rise in the UK spend on alcoholic drinks for at-home consumption, which has risen by 15 per cent in the last five years, according to Mintel. The number of pub closures is around 28 a week, according to the Campaign for Real Ale. Tim believes that this decline is spurring us on to create homegrown hostelries, adding: “I think, perhaps, we are trying to keep the spirit of the pub alive by inviting friends and family to share an evening of companionable drinking and social discourse.”
Former world Taekwondo champion Charlie Walker certainly had that in mind when he built his own home in Utley, near Keighley.