16 May 2018

A brace of modern townhouses, brought to life on the site of a landmark Harrogate building, are to open their doors to homebuyers.

Two open days are being staged at Fell Mews in Starbeck - the former showroom of the well-known plumbing suppliers and home improvement specialists, Robert Fell and Sons.

The site has been transformed into a contemporary collection of six architect-designed homes, with just a pair of two-bedroom townhouses still available.

Linley & Simpson, the Harrogate estate agency handling the sale, is staging open-to-view events between 11am and 2pm on the next two Saturdays, May 19 and 26.

Both properties are on the market at a discounted price of £190,000 and homebuyers can benefit from funding support from the Government’s Help to Buy scheme.

The development takes its name in honour of the family firm, which first opened the doors to its store - tucked away on the back street between High Street and Avenue Terrace - more than 40 years ago.

Links with the local community have been further celebrated by the use of natural Starbeck stone, a material exclusive to the local area, in the creation of the new homes.

Fell Mews is situated in a quiet, attractive backwater a stone’s throw from the middle of Starbeck. 

Internally both properties have been designed with natural light in mind and benefit from an open-plan living, dining and kitchen area.

With sleek handleless kitchens and coordinating worktops, appliances include fan-assisted electric oven, four burner gas hob, extractor hood, integrated fridge/freezer and dishwasher. 

The bathroom continues this contemporary styling with white sanitary ware with chrome fittings and a walk-in shower.

Floor coverings include laminate flooring to kitchen and living areas, and bathroom; whilst all other areas are carpeted. 

The property also benefits from the use of an enclosed bike/bin store with electric light.

For unrivalled peace of mind, there is also full 10-year building warranty.

The development heralds the start of another new era for the site, which began life almost 100 years ago as a nameplate and label factory.

Then followed a period as a cabinet makers, before in the 1940s Hills of Harrogate started producing jam and other preserves there amid strict wartime sugar rationing. 

According to historian Stephen Abbot, many locals can recount stories of large vats of jam being stirred on their back street, and of collecting and returning jam jars in large quantities.

Another change of ownership and product came in 1957 when two Scottish gentlemen moved in and began to manufacture their revolutionary model of window-mounted extractor fans.

Houston and Bramley Mechanical engineers took over the site for another short spell before the arrival of family firm Robert Fell in the early 1970s.

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