Home that comes with a host of happy memories
Rolston Hall estate, Hornsea. Price: £1.25m or for sale in lots with the house and 20 acres, £750,000. Contact: Savills, York, Tel: 01904 617800, www.savils.com THIS country estate close to Hornsea has been in the Bilton family for more than 60 years and comes with a host of their happy memories.
“My grandfather Colonel Bilton bought the house just after the war and then my late father inherited it and lived there from 1986. They both loved it and my grandfather was especially proud of the place.
“I spent a lot of time there as a child and it’s a magical house with lots of nooks and crannies and secret panels. I also remember the grand parties my grandfather held and croquet on the lawn,” says Chris Bilton, whose family ran the Rolston Land Company and Harrison’s of Killam.
The Colonel, knows as “Baggy” Bilton, also loved the history of the property.
Once a moated mansion, the Rolston Hall estate was occupied by William Brough in the 1700s. He was a Marshal of the Court of Admiralty, who during the course of duty oversaw the execution of Admiral Byng.
The notorious pirate Paul Jones took great pleasure in presenting William Brough with a 18lb shot whenever he passed Hornsea.
Now it is a tranquil haven in need of some updating but with a wealth of period features including panelling, cornicing and an inglenook.
It comes with a main hall, a three-bedroom cottage, two separate ranges of traditional buildings including an office and approximately 89 acres of arable land. In all, the property extends to about 107.78 acres.
The hall has four reception rooms and seven bedrooms and there is potential to provide further accommodation in the attic rooms on the second floor.
The hall grounds include extensive lawns, formal and informal gardens. There is an abundance of fine specimen plants and trees including copper beech, chestnut, sycamore and a mulberry tree. There is a traditional summerhouse, a former rose garden, tennis court and part of a former moat.
Chris, who lives in London, says: “I’d love to keep it but it isn’t practical, but I would love to see the hall go to a family who can make the most of what it has to offer.”
MEMORIES: Rolston Hall was bought by the Bilton family just after Second World War.