Welcome to Hunters Estate Agents and Letting Agents Ilkley


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Sell, Let or Buy your property with Hunters

Located in the beautiful spa town of Ilkley, Hunters Estate Agents and Letting Agents award-winning office in Ilkley opened in 2010 and has established an enviable reputation throughout the Wharfe Valley. As part of the wider Hunters network, one of the fastest growing franchised estate agents in the UK, Hunters Ilkley’s focus on excellent customer service has resulted in more than half its business coming from referrals, and 99% of its clients saying they are happy with the service provided*;  this compares with an industry average of 78%.

Hunters Estate Agents and Letting Agents Ilkley, together with its sister branch Hunters Otley, specialises in selling and letting residential properties in the key towns and villages in this beautiful part of the world, from Addingham to the West, through Ilkley, Ben Rhydding, Burley in Wharfedale, Menston, Otley and to Pool in Wharfedale in the East.

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Our services

· Free property valuation (on line or in person)

· A fully managed sale

· Expert advice from our experienced local agents

· Bespoke, professional marketing packages for your property

· Flexible lettings services, from securing tenants right through to fully managing your property

· Financial services

Why Choose Hunters Ilkley

True local knowledge and experience

We’ve been working here in Ilkley for over a decade, so we know the area and the property market here better than anyone. Benefit from our local knowledge and expertise to give yourself the best chance of success when you put your property on the market here.

Exceptional customer service

99% of our customers have fed back that they’re happy with our service, which is truly impressive when you compare it with the industry average of 78%. We’re delighted with this response because we value providing our customers with the best care and service possible.

Flexible lettings services

We’ll provide you with the right lettings services for your situation, whether this is a simple tenant find only service or a fully managed let. Should your circumstances change and you need more support, simply let us know. We’ll be on hand to help and will adjust your services to meet your needs.

Expert marketing

We use the best professional photography and place it alongside accurate floor plans and detailed descriptions to create exceptional property listings. We’ll promote your listing on our website and on all the major property sites too, including Rightmove and Zoopla, to target the right people and get your property seen.

Free services until we sell or let your home

Until we’ve successfully sold or let out your property, you don’t owe us a penny. Benefit from all of our knowledge and expertise and if we don’t succeed, you don’t owe us anything.

Get your free valuation now

Call us to book in your sales or lettings valuation now. There’s no fee, and no obligation to sign with us.

Why live in Ilkley?

Ilkley is a beautiful and historic town that sits on the River Wharfe in West Yorkshire, and it was named winner of The Best Places to Live 2022 by The Times.

The town has really good transport links, which makes it a great place for commuters. Ilkley has its own train station with regular services to the nearby cities of Leeds and Bradford, with Leeds train station providing good connecting services through to London. When travelling further afield for work or pleasure, Leeds Bradford International Airport is just a 20 minute drive away from here. For those travelling by car, Ilkley sits on the A65 running between Leeds and Kendal, providing easy access to motorways like the M62 and the M1. There are also plenty of local bus services covering Ilkley and the surrounding areas.

There are excellent schools in Ilkley making it a great place for families to live. There’s several primary schools available and a local high school that received an outstanding rating from Ofsted.

Ilkley has a fantastic range of shops along its tree-lined streets and in the Victorian Arcade. There are plenty of well-known brands available as well as some gorgeous independent options. The town also has a good range of supermarkets available for the weekly grocery shop.

Residents enjoy the local café scene here, which provides something for all tastes. There are also plenty of independent restaurants serving a variety of cuisines, and we have lovely welcoming, cosy pubs here too.

Ilkley Lido was built here in 1945 and the open air swimming pool is in a beautiful setting, that’s idyllic in the warm weather. Ilkley Literature Festival is hosted here every autumn and it’s a pull for some big literary names. The town also enjoys an annual music festival and much more, keeping locals busy and entertained throughout the year.

Lester Hurst, Director of Hunters Ilkley and Hunters Otley, says:
“Our clients appreciate the personal service we offer, and we are delighted by the positive feedback we receive.  We understand that buying and selling a home is one of the biggest decisions we ever have to make – my dedicated team are committed to ensuring that our clients’ property transactions proceed from marketing the property through to completion as quickly and smoothly as possible.”

For a free, no obligation sales or lettings valuation, or to register to let us find your next home, contact Hunters Ilkley on: 01943 660500

Hunters Estate Agents and Letting Agents Ilkley are “Here to get you there.” But don’t just take their word for it, see what some satisfied clients say about the service provided by Hunters Ilkley below.

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Welcome to the Wharfedale Valley Property Blog

Hunters Franchise Owner, Lester Hurst, runs a property blog where landlords and homeowners can find useful information, advice, insights, resources and inspiration for owning, renting out, buying and selling property.

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See what our customers say about Hunters Ilkley team:

I have been viewing properties with two of your competitors, but they have been shambolic on viewings and arrangements to view. Your staff were brilliant and knew all the answers to the questions asked. My friends, who have lived in Ilkley for a long time, told me to go with another agent, but I am thankful that I didn't listen to them.

Mr G, Ilkley

I chose Hunters Ilkley because they always answer the phone, rather than having to go through the number pressing route used by other agents.

Mr K, Ilkley

As a recent purchaser of a property in Ilkley, I would highly recommend Hunters Ilkley. From the 1st and 2nd viewings of the property with Andy (on two consecutive days), Andy made sure that everything went smoothly, getting answers to my queries and checking back to ensure all was well, and what was really fantastic was when he was on holiday Lester not only took over but was available out of office hours. Nothing was too much trouble for anyone and even after the purchase was completed all the staff continued to provide superb service. Thank you all so much.

Mrs L, Ilkley

After struggling to find a genuine buyer for my property for five months, I changed estate agents and used Hunters Ilkley. Two months later I have a completed sale at a good price. Hunters did everything they promised to do, including chasing up solicitors when necessary. They kept me informed of progress and I would recommend them to anyone.

Mrs R, Ilkley

Buying and selling our houses concurrently with Hunters Ilkley was as straight forward as it possibly could be. The main thing that stood out were the staff who were friendly and open whilst also being professional. They were always there to help and answer questions. It was all quick, efficient and I would definitely recommend their services.

Mr S, Ilkley

Thank you so much for your, Lester’s and everyone’s efforts on our behalf – we have really valued your approachability, and your very good advice at every stage. We will be recommending Hunters Ilkley to everyone!

Mrs H, Ilkley

Having now used Hunters Ilkley to sell my property it is clear to me that you have the same attitude and believe in client care as I do, as well as staff that share those beliefs, a rare commodity of which you should be immensely proud. The proof of this observation is in the fact that the overwhelming majority of the negotiations for the property sale took place whilst you were on holiday and it is of great credit to you and your company that you were not missed. With age comes a propensity to look back longingly and bemoan the fact that “things were better then”. It is good therefore to deal with a company that provides service standards that are as good as any, and better than most, that I have experienced during my working lifetime.

Mr R, Ilkley

Hunters Ilkley were amazing at dealing with our purchase. From the initial offer acceptance to completion this took only 3.5 weeks which is unheard of. Hunters Ilkley were 100% on the ball with our purchase and they worked very hard with our solicitors to ensure a fast track purchase. I would recommend Hunters Ilkley and I will certainly use them again for future house sales / purchase.

Mr D, Ilkley

We used Hunters Ilkley last year to sell our house. Hunters made the sale a smooth and easy process, from organising viewings and negotiating on our behalf through to the completion. We dealt mainly with Andy, who was professional and approachable and the office staff who were reliable and friendly. We would certainly recommend Hunters.

Mrs & Mrs M, Ilkley

Ours was a difficult property to sell – a third floor apartment without lift access. Two other local agents had already tried without success. However, Hunters Ilkley were like a breath of fresh air. With their enthusiasm and hard work we soon had a series of viewings, one of which eventually led to a sale. I would not hesitate to recommend this company – so much better than other local estate agents.

Mr W, Ilkley

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Local area guide

Ilkley is a picturesque and a historical spa town that’s found at the foot of Ilkley Moor and on the banks of the River Wharfe, in West Yorkshire.

Ilkley was named the winner of The Best Places to Live 2022 by The Times, due to its amazing schools, incredible high street, and beautiful views.


The town has really good transport links, which makes it a great place for commuters. Ilkley has its own train station with regular services to the nearby cities of Leeds and Bradford, with Leeds train station providing good connecting services through to London. When travelling further afield for work or pleasure, Leeds Bradford International Airport is just a 20-minute drive away from here. For those travelling by car, Ilkley sits on the A65 running between Leeds and Kendal, providing easy access to motorways like the M62 and the M1. There are also plenty of local bus services covering Ilkley and the surrounding areas.


Families are attracted to the area because there are very good schools here. Ashlands Primary School was established in 1952 and it’s been rated outstanding by Ofsted, as has Sacred Heart Catholic Primary School. For secondary education, there’s Ilkley Grammar School, which has also received an outstanding rating from Ofsted.

Shops & Local Amenities

Many people visit Ilkley for its beautiful collection of shops, including those in the Victorian Arcade and the town’s picturesque tree-lined streets. There’s a good collection of high-street brands to enjoy, such as Joules, Whistles, Jigsaw and Oliver Bonas. However, there’s also a strong presence of interesting, independent stores like The Grove Bookshop, Fig & Willow, The Ilkley Shoe Company and The Ilkley Dress Agency. There are a few supermarkets here too, including M&S Simply Food and Booths. Lishman’s butchers of Ilkley is award winning and a must-visit for meat-eaters seeking high quality produce, with the owner becoming one of Rick Stein’s superheroes.

There are lots of places to go for tea and cake, the most famous of which is Betty’s Café Tea Rooms. Many also enjoy Betty’s lovely shop as it’s full of a wide variety of teas and sweet treats. The Ilkley Café Company and La Stazione are other great cafes that are popular with the locals.

Regarding restaurants, Ilkley is well-known for The Box Tree as it’s the award-winning restaurant where Marco Pierre White trained when he was 17 years old. There are plenty of other enticing places to eat too, such as Emporio Italia and Quinta Restaurant. The town has plenty of tempting pubs to enjoy like The Flying Duck, Friends of Ham, and Bar T’at. Up overlooking the moor is the Cow and Calf pub and it’s the perfect place to enjoy a drink and bite to eat after a long walk or an afternoon climbing the moor’s Cow and Calf Rocks.

Healthcare is provided for by Ilkley Coronation Hospital and Ilkley & Wharfedale Medical Practice. There are plenty of dental practices within the town too.


Locals like to make the most of the listed Ilkley Lido, which was built in 1945. It’s amazing to be amongst spectacular scenery whilst enjoying a cooling dip in the open-air swimming pool during the summer months.

Ilkley Literature Festival is hosted here each autumn and it always attracts renowned guests. Previous guests have included Michael Parkinson, Will Self, Bernadine Evaristo, Susie Dent and WH Auden. There’s also an annual music festival and much more besides; you’ll never be bored living in such a beautiful town that has so much to offer its residents.

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Contact Ilkley

4-5 Crescent Court, Brook Street, Ilkley, LS29 8DE

Mon - Fri: 9am - 5:30pm, Sat: 9:30am - 2:30pm, Sun: Closed

Sales : 01943 660500


Lettings : 01943 660500


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