Home that comes with a host of happy mem­o­ries

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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.

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