Leeds Property News: Last chance for slice of history at Grammar School gardens

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House buyers eager to go back to school have kept sales staff at Bellway’s Grammar School Gardens development in Penistone busy since the Yorkshire division of the national homebuilder launched eight exclusive old school house apartments.

Weirfield House, which sits at the heart of the redevelopment of the former Penistone Grammar School site, features six exquisitely appointed one, two and three bedroom apartments and duplex apartments and has been designed to reflect Bellway’s vision for modern day living.

Each apartment boasts generously proportioned social areas, up to 12ft high ceilings and feature windows, and the kitchens benefit from high quality integrated appliances.

Meanwhile, the bedrooms and bathrooms, typically a weak point in modern apartments, deliver on both size and layout.

In doing so, it is providing the kind of spacious accommodation you would usually associate with much larger properties.

Melanie Smith, Bellway’s sales manager, said he was pleased with the scale and pace of the development and said judging by current sales, the scheme looks set to be popular with buyers.

He said: “Weirfield House has been an important part of Penistone for well over a century, and so it was vital that we got its renovation just right – and judging by how quickly the first five apartments were snapped up, it seems we’ve done just that.

The remaining apartment in Weirfield House is a three bedroom duplex, built across the ground and first floors of the historic building.

“It’s on the market for just £164,995 and can be snapped up using the Government’s ever popular Help to Buy scheme, which means it can be bought with a deposit of less than £9,000.

“This really is a one of a kind apartment,” continued Melanie.

“It has all the benefits and space of a house with none of the maintenance, and the price still surprises me. In fact, if I hadn’t just moved I’d be putting in an offer myself.”

Weirfield House was built in 1875, and became a part of Penistone Grammar School in 1906, following the school’s relocation to the Huddersfield Road.

The school underwent extensive modification during the intervening years, including the addition of The Stables, which Bellway has redeveloped into a range of two, three and four bedroom homes – all of which are now sold and occupied.

In addition to the renovated properties, Grammar School Gardens also features a selection of new-build four bedroom townhouses and detached homes.

For further information on Grammar Schools Gardens visit www.bellway.co.uk, call 01226 762199.

Or pop along to the sales office, which is open Friday to Wednesday from 10.30am to 5pm and Thursday 10.30am to 7pm.