Charles I’s visit proves that lux­ury B&B has rooms re­ally fit for a king

Yorkshire Post - Property - - PROPERTY - Sharon Dale

Porch House, High Street, Northaller­ton Price: £575,000 Con­tact: Robin Jes­sop, tel: 01677 425950 , www. robin­jes­ THOUGHT to be the old­est house in Northaller­ton, this El­iz­a­bethan prop­erty has an im­pres­sive claim to fame.

In 1647, Charles I was re­put­edly held pris­oner there un­der open ar­rest by the Scots for nine days.

His re­lease through the porch door sig­nalled the end of the ab­so­lute monar­chy and her­alded the be­gin­ning of the con­sti­tu­tional monar­chy.

The King was ex­e­cuted for trea­son two years later af­ter his de­feat in the Civil War.

Built in 1584 by Richard Met­calfe, the house re­mained in his fam­ily un­til 1988 and the present own­ers bought it in 2010. Glyn Wil­liams and Joanna Um­pleby were keen to turn it into a first class B&B.

“It had be­longed to my par­ents and I wanted to live there,” says Joanna.

“It’s a big house and it had been run as a B&B once be­fore so the fa­cil­i­ties were there.”

She and Glynn have since ren­o­vated the six bed­room prop­erty, re-dec­o­rat­ing the rooms and up­dat­ing the bath­rooms.

Their ef­forts have won the busi­ness five-star gold sta­tus and plenty of sat­is­fied guests.

The his­tory and the orig­i­nal fea­tures have also im­pressed vis­i­tors, who are able to sleep in the room that King Charles 1 stayed in.

The prop­erty still has a wat­tle and daub in­ter­nal wall, orig­i­nal El­iz­a­bethan stair­case and beams with carv­ings, along­side Ge­or­gian fire­places, ranges and sash win­dows.

The 3,000 sq ft of space in­cludes a wing for the guests and one for the own­ers.

Guests also have their own front door.

On the ground floor, there is a re­cep­tion hall, draw­ing room, in­ner hall, a bed­room with en­suite bath­room, a morn­ing room with RP Reay & Co Range, back stairs, an of­fice, gal­ley kitchen with range oven, a din­ing hall with beams and fea­ture stone fire­place, liv­ing room, a break­fast kitchen with Aga and a util­ity room.

On the first floor, there is a mas­ter bed­room suite, four fur­ther bed­rooms with en-suites and a laun­dry room.

Out­side, there is a walled rear gar­den with lawn and bor­ders, car park­ing and other out­build­ings.

Glyn Wil­liams, a pho­tog­ra­pher, and Joanna Um­pleby, an ac­ces­sories de­signer, are sell­ing to down­size.

Joanna said that she also wants to spend more time de­vel­op­ing the hand­bag busi­ness that she runs with her sis­ter and cousin.

“Umpie” cre­ates bags that are de­signed and man­u­fac­tured in York­shire.

“We had never run a B&B be­fore this and we have re­ally en­joyed it,” says Joanna.

“You get to meet some re­ally in­ter­est­ing peo­ple.”

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