A gentleman’s residence for those who love being beside the seaside
THIS gorgeous Georgian house in Filey is a prime example of how a property can change your life.
Before Pat and Dennis Lofthouse saw the advertisement for Church Cliff House in this publication they had no intention of leaving their village near Leeds, which was close to their jobs in Castleford and York.
But after viewing the former gentleman’s residence and falling in love with the house and its stunning seaside location, they decided to move to the coast. “We’d always spent time in Filey and we had often walked past the house so when we saw it was for sale we decided to view it and that was it. It had a great feel and we thought it would be a lovely place to live and it was the only property in Filey that had land for our horses,” says Pat, who bought the property eight years ago.
The couple have spent a small fortune renovating the house, which had been owned by the same family since 1947.
“It needed a lot of work but it had all the original features, which we have kept,” says Pat.
The grade two listed home dates back to 1799 and is on the site of a much earlier manor house belonging to Sir John Buck, High Sheriff of York in 1640-41. He chose the best possible spot on high ground set back from the cliff with sea views. The house is next to St Oswald’s Church, which was described by Pevsner as “easily the finest church in the north east corner of the East Riding”.
Inside, the house has 5,000sq ft of space, including an entrance hall leading to a bespoke kitchen, a 20ft by 20ft drawing room with marble fireplace and original window shutters, a dining room, family room, study and morning room, which catches the morning sun.
The first floor is accessed from an imposing return staircase and has a master bedroom suite with two separate bedrooms and bathroom, a guest bedroom with en-suite, three further double bedrooms and a house bathroom. A further good sized room is used as a gym.
Outside, there is a walled garden with apple, pear and plum trees, a pond, patio and summerhouse. Beyond the gardens is a fenced paddock, which is now home to Highland cattle.
The property also has a brick outbuilding off the drive with two garages and two store rooms, plus a detached single garage.
The Lofthouse family is selling to downsize before retirement.
“Dennis had a one and a half hour commute to work but it was well worth it to live here. It has been a great place to bring up our children but we are trying to let our heads rule our heart, which is difficult because it is such a lovely place to live. We love Filey and the quality of light here is fantastic. The skies at night are very clear.”
Filey has a host of independent retailers, pubs, hotels, restaurants and schools, including both a primary and a secondary school.