Whafe Valley News From Hunters

Welcome to the first of our Wharfe Valley newsletters – direct from your local Hunters Estate Agents, bringing you the latest news from across the Wharfe Valley.

Hunters Property Group is a residential estate agent for sales and lettings who cover the whole of Yorkshire and more recently the Wharfe Valley. Since launching in the area last year things have got off to a good start and the addition of a new agency with fresh ideas has been well received.

Victorian Landmark Transformed into Unique Living Space

Wells House is a long-standing part of the coveted Ilkley landscape and holds a prestigious position at the foot of Ilkley Moor with stunning views towards Ilkley/Middleton.

During the Victorian golden age of the town, Ilkley’s spa water had visitors flocking from across the country and this was when Wells House was built to serve as a hotel to accommodate the many tourists who’d come to take a dip in the rejuvenating waters.

Visitors of note included Charles Darwin who underwent hydropathic treatment at Wells House when his book On the Origin of Species was published in 1859 and also Madame Tussaud who enjoyed the benefits of the spa water when on a visit.

A building with such a special history also comes with special features, greeted by a stunning atrium and sumptuous communal areas, this unique property is a piece of history to be treasured.

For more information about the apartment sale within Wells House please contact Lester Hurst by email lester.hurst@huntersnet.co.uk or phone 01943 660 500.


Ilkley Brewery Gets National Nod

The publication’s panel blind tasted 13 ales from breweries across 11 British counties with Ilkley Black Ale flying the flag for Yorkshire!

The winning beer (3.7 per cent) names four malts and two hop varieties on the bottle and makes great play of the soft, Dales water. One judge commented on the beer: “Incredibly spicy – an oriental bazaar”.

The Ilkley Brewing Company, which was set up in 2009 by two enthusiasts from the commercial property sector, Chris Ives and Stewart Ross, invested &70,000 in their first eight barrel brewing plant at Lencia Trading Estate on East Parade in Ilkley. The pair, who previously worked in commercial property, had no brewing experience so went on a three day brewing course to learn the ropes. Twenty-one months later, in December 2010, the brewery reported a growth of more than 500%. Now, with increased capacity at its new premises on Ashlands Road and contracts agreed with major wholesalers to supply its beers across the country, the brewery projects a turnover of &750,000 with pre-tax profits in excess of &100,000 by December 2011.

Since opening their first eight barrel brewing plant at Lencia Trading Estate in spring 2009, Chris and Stewart have worked to perfect their range of ales which can now be enjoyed at over 200 pubs in Yorkshire. Its popular Mary Jane, Ilkley Best and Ilkley Black beers are also sold in Asda and Booths supermarkets as well as independent off-licences across the region – so why not give it a try for yourself.

England Manager to Open Ilkley Rugby Clubhouse

The ceremony will see the England Manager pay homage to the tradition of the Club as Ilkley Rugby heralds a new era with a brand new clubhouse.

More information about the upcoming ceremony will be available closer to the date for more details please see: www.ilkleyrfc.co.uk.

Menston Student Nominated to be Olympic Torchbearer

Michael Jones, 15, a pupil at St Mary’s School in Menston, is a member of Bradford Esprit Diving Club and hopes to one day compete in the Games himself.

Michael, of Thackley, who trains at Shipley Pool and Nab Woods Sports Centre, recently won a bronze medal in Barcelona. His father Denis, who nominated him, told the Whafedale Observer: “Michael is the longest serving member of his club and is an inspiration to the other divers there.

“He trains tirelessly and his dedication to his sport is total. His behaviour in training and while away in competition is exceptional.

“Michael would love to carry the Olympic torch, not only for himself but on behalf of all his club members, showcasing his and their talents to the local community.”

Nominees will be told by December whether they have been preselected to be a torchbearer.

In the Spotlight: BNI Ilkley More

The group meets weekly over breakfast and is organised in such a way as to ensure your personal business objectives are met. All importantly, the group only admits one person per profession – meaning there is no conflict of interest when it comes to your business.

With 28 businesses already benefitting from the group, could you be the next to join them? If you are interested, the BNI Ilkley More meet at Ilkley Tennis Club on Stourton Road every Thursday morning at 6:45am.

For more information about BNI Ilkley More or to arrange a visit, please email enquiries@bniilkleymore.com, or call Membership Coordinator, David Lowe on 07714 045429.