Ilkley was voted as the best place to live in the north this year, so it’s hardly surprising to see an influx of buyers in recent weeks. Here is why you should buy a house or property in Ilkley, one of the most sought-after villages in the UK.

With a perfect blend of Victorian houses and modern properties built with the 21st Century in mind, Ilkley – which is part of a protected conservation area in the Yorkshire Dales – and the surrounding areas have the perfect home for everyone.


Ilkley Town Centre

The centre of Ilkley offers an excellent range of high class shops, restaurants, cafes and everyday amenities including two supermarkets, a health centre, a boutique cinema, a playhouse and a library. The town benefits from high achieving schools for all ages, including Ilkley Grammar School.

There are also excellent sporting and recreational facilities. Situated within the heart of the Wharfe Valley, surrounded by the famous Moors to the south and the River Wharfe to the north, Ilkley is regarded as an ideal base for the Leeds/Bradford commuter. A regular train service runs from the town to both cities.


Ben Rydding

Ben Rhydding is to be found on the eastern side of Ilkley. A most desirable community in its own right, favoured for its village feel with good local shops, one of the districts most sought after primary schools, a church, the train station, Wheatley Arms Hotel, restaurants, cafes and everyday amenities including two supermarkets, health centre, playhouse and library.

The town benefits from high achieving schools for all ages including Ilkley Grammar School and three private schools all within a short drive. There are good sporting and recreational facilities. Situated within the heart of the Wharfe Valley, surrounded by the famous Moors to the south and the River Wharfe to the north, Ilkley is regarded as an ideal base for the Leeds/Bradford commuter. A regular train service runs from the town to both cities.


Middleton

North of the River Wharfe, Middleton is home to one of the most expensive, and sought-after, streets in Yorkshire. Gilstead Way is a street full of post-war homes oozing with character whilst offering modern living in a glorious countryside setting.

On the street, the average house or property worth stands at over half a million pounds, but the sizeable price tag shouldn’t discourage the more cautious buyer because the value for money is incredible and the homes aren’t even the most expensive in the town.

With superb sports clubs like Olicanian Cricket Club and the Lawn and Tennis Club on opposite sides of the river, as well as well-regarded schools and the local campsite, this is truly the perfect place to raise a family or to settle down for the future.


Interested in living in one of these buying hotspots? Call our local Ilkley estate agents on 01943 817642. Looking to sell before moving? Use our free house and property valuations service today!