Our home is a traditional 1950s semi-detached house situated in Alwoodley, in the outskirts of Leeds. Our house is on a cul-de-sac (no through road), and so has very little traffic. It is very friendly and quiet. Our house is cosy and relatively (by American standards!) small, but is comfortable, perfect for a family, and sleeps 4-6 people (if 6, two would be on separate double sofa beds).
Downstairs, the kitchen is fitted with modern appliances, a table seating four, and a pantry with plenty of storage space. The dining room comfortably seats six and French windows out onto the patio. The living room has two sofas, an antique chair, TV with VCR, DVD, Freeview box and Nintendo Wii. We also have an extensive collection of DVDs (Jane and David's pride and glory!), which you can borrow.
Upstairs there are four bedrooms, one is converted into a study, and one is in our large loft conversion. The master bedroom has a double bed, bay windows and spacious wardrobes and drawers. The second bedroom has a single bed, books, a small TV and DVD player, wardrobe space, a desk and a comfortable double sofa bed. The third bedroom is used as a study with a huge selection of fiction and non- fiction books, a computer with high-speed wireless Internet, a printer and a desk. The first bathroom has a fitted bath and powerful shower. On the 2nd storey is the fourth bedroom, which has a single bed, large wardrobes, lots of books and a comfortable sofa double bed. There is also a Nintendo 64 and Nintendo GameCube with a large selection of games. His room is en suite with a stand-alone shower.
We have a small-medium front garden and a medium-large back garden with well-stocked, traditional English borders and a greenhouse (with tomatoes!). There is a patio with an outside table that seats six and can easily be moved further up the garden.
We can exchange one of our cars (VW Passat), which we park in our drive or in a space at the front of our house.
Alwoodley is in the northern outskirts of Leeds, West Yorkshire, England, and is one of the city's most affluent areas. It was built mostly after World War II has lots of of green spaces, and is well known for its golf courses. The Eccup reservoir, home to a growing population of red kites, is also nearby. The area around Alwoodley has many stately homes and parks, such as Harewood House (10 minutes away) and Roundhay Park (10 minutes away).
A little further afield is the elegant spa town of Harrogate (20 minutes away), the ancient market town of Ripon (45 minutes away) and the ancient city of York (45 minutes away) which was inhabited by the Romans and the Vikings and has the largest cathedral (York Minster) in northern Europe.
We are within close reach of six national parks:
-The Yorkshire Dales (min. 40 minutes away)
-The North York Moors (min. 1 hour away)
-The Peak District (min. 1 hour away)
-The Lake District (min. 2 hours away)
-Northumbria (min. 2 hrs and 30 minutes away)
-Snowdonia (min. 2hrs and 40mins away).
A number of areas nearby have literary associations:
-Haworth – Brontes (50 minutes away)
-Hebden Bridge – Sylvia Plath and Ted Hughes (55 minutes away)
-Coxwold – 18th century novelist Laurence Sterne (55 minutes away)
-Grasmere – William Wordsworth (2 hours 20 minutes away)
-Stratford – Shakespeare (2 hours 40 minutes away)
London is only 2½ hours away on a high-speed rail link and the 12th and 13th century university towns Oxford and Cambridge are within driving distance (Cambridge 2 hours 55 minutes, Oxford 3 hours 20 minutes). Leeds-Bradford airport is about 20 minutes away with minimum 2 hour journeys to all European cities.
The advantage of our location is it is within a short drive of city facilities: Leeds has top-quality theatres, cinemas, restaurants and bars, and beautiful Yorkshire countryside with lots of opportunities for cycling, hiking, fishing, boating and visiting historic villages and towns.
We are a family of four, consisting of:
John, a 56 year old English Literature Lecturer in a Further Education college. John is very interested in gardening, hiking, literature, classical music, history, food and politics. He is currently writing a murder mystery novel set in the Yorkshire Dales.
Jackie, a 52 year old Primary School Teacher who loves walking, history, good food, cooking, reading and politics. She is also superb in the kitchen, and her specialities are stew and dumplings, Eve's pudding, and fruit crumbles.
David is 22 and has just graduated from Oxford University and is studying for an MSt in History, also at Oxford. He enjoys walking in the countryside, discussing things, video gaming, photography, reading and cycling.
Jane is 20 and is studying Spanish at Oxford University. She loves reading, video gaming, singing, acting, film and dancing.
Daisy, an affectionate and beautiful 15 year old three-legged tortoise shell and white cat. She loves cat milk, sleeping, the sun, finding comfortable places to sleep and being petted.
We may also be travelling with Clare (23), David's girlfriend and/or Alistair (19), Jane's boyfriend.
We love the serenity of the countryside as well as the excitement of cities.