Ilkley-based estate agent Dacre Son & Hartley has been ranked seventh in a league table of the top 20 estate agents in the UK.

Dacres is the only firm in the North of England to be selected for the prestigious ranking run by a national newspaper.

The list, which discounts national companies, aims to find Britain’s best agents that operate in specific geographical areas, utilise innovative online marketing techniques and go the extra mile for their clients.

The judges looked at how contenders live up to their promises, assessed rapport with local communities and took feedback from the general public.

The newspaper wrote that Dacre, Son & Hartley is a no-nonsense agency with 21 offices in one county covering a huge price range from £20,000 to £3m-plus.

Employing around 160 staff and with a turnover of approximately £6.5m, the firm has been established in Yorkshire for over 190 years.

Chairman of Dacres Residential, Patrick McCutcheon, said: “To be recognised in this league is a major coup for the firm and the fact we are the only firm in the North of England to be included makes it even more of an achievement. We always strive to provide outstanding personal service coupled with the wide marketing reach that our office network provides and this has been key to our success in recent years.”

He paid tribute to the efforts and professionalism of local staff, and the loyalty of valued clients.