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7 bedroom detached house for sale

Rolston Hall, Hornsea, East Yorkshire, HU18 1XJ

Under Offer £640,000

Property Description

Key features

  • Private residential estate
  • Period in need of renovation
  • 3 bedroom cottage
  • 9.9 acres of land
  • Additional land available

Full description

Tenure: Freehold


The estate is located in a very private rural position, however is only 2 miles from the centre of Hornsea. Hornsea is a small seaside resort which provides a wide range of shops, amenities and attractions including Hornsea Freeport, a large shopping centre, Hornsea Museum and Hornsea Mere, a large freshwater lake amounting to approximately 467 acres and offering sailing, rowing and fishing facilities.

A more comprehensive range of services are available in the popular town of Beverley, which is situated just 15 miles away, and the city of Kingston upon Hull is 20 miles away, providing further facilities and amenities.


Rolston Hall is a traditional residential and agricultural estate which is ideally situated for those seeking a manageable private estate. In summary, the estate comprises an attractive principal 6,500sq ft house, 3 bedroom cottage (known as Stable Cottage), two separate ranges of traditional buildings including an office and approximately 9.9 acres of land, including gardens, grounds and woodland. Additional land is available by seperate negotiation.

The property was previously a much larger agricultural estate, however over the past century it has been reduced and now forms a compact and more easily manageable estate. Rolston, known as Roolfestone in the Domesday Book, belonged to the St Quentin family until the reign of Henry VIII. Rolston Hall was previously occupied by William Brough, born 1722, who was a Marshall 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 18Ib shot whenever he passed Hornsea. Rolston Hall was formerly moated but the widow of the Marshall filled it in, except on the south side.

Rolston Hall is located within commuting distance of the major East Yorkshire conurbations of Beverley, Bridlington and Hull. Situated just to the south of the small rural hamlet of Rolston, the property is accessed via a private tarmac driveway which leads into the surrounding private wooded grounds.

The estate is centred around Rolston Hall, an attractive country house providing substantial living accommodation amounting to approximately 6,500 sq ft. The Hall requires refurbishment and reorganisation throughout. The estate was available as a whole or in 3 lots, as follows:

Lot 1 (shaded red on plan) - Guide Price £640,000
Rolston Hall, Stable Cottage and traditional buildings, situated in approximately 9.9 acres of landscaped gardens, grounds and woodland. Further land is available by seperate negotiation.

Lot 2 - SOLD
About 75.6 acres of arable land plus 5.60 acres of shelterbelts.

Lot 3 - SOLD
A range of modern and traditional farm buildings situated on the edge of the village including a potential paddock of 2.10 acres and a 1.25 acre wood.


Rolston Hall is an attractive and elegant period residence, situated in south-facing private landscaped gardens and grounds. The property provides substantial accommodation including at least 4 reception rooms, kitchens and cloakrooms on the ground floor, and a minimum of 7 bedrooms plus bathrooms and dressing rooms on the first floor. There is also potential to provide further accommodation in the attic rooms on the second floor.

The Hall retains a number of period features including fine cornicing, attractive panelling in the sitting/dining room and a beautiful stone inglenook fireplace in the drawing room. The property is of historic interest and has been extended and altered over a number of years.

The grounds are of particular note, comprising extensive lawns, formal and informal gardens. There is an abundance of fine specimen plants and trees including copper beech, chestnut, sycamore and a fine mulberry tree. There is a traditional summerhouse (requiring refurbishment), a former rose garden, tennis court and part of a former moat. The whole property is surrounded by mature deciduous trees, which provide shelter, privacy and seclusion. The arable land lies within a ring fence surrounding the property. Included in Lot 1 is approximately 11.7 acres of arable land, offering the potential for conversion to grassland to provide pony paddocks.

Situated in a traditional brick outbuilding is a useful office suite. To the north of the property is a range of traditional outbuildings providing storage, garaging and workshop facilities.

Situated to the north of Rolston Hall on the edge of the wooded grounds and adjacent to the driveway, Stable Cottage is an attractive cottage constructed of red brick under a pantile roof, comprising 2 reception rooms and kitchen at ground floor level, with 3 bedrooms and a house bathroom to the first floor. The property provides spacious family accommodation amounting to approximately 1,705 sq ft and benefits from a reasonably spacious, private garden. Stable Cottage is currently subject to an Assured Shorthold Tenancy, which now continues periodically.

The remaining land is situated within a ring fence and in all amounts to about 21.63 acres, comprising approximately 9.9 acres of gardens, grounds and woodlands surrounding the Hall and approximately 11.7 acres of productive arable land. The land is classified as Grade 3 on the Land Classification Maps. According to the Soil Survey of England and Wales, the land is classed as the Holderness series, which is slowly permeable seasonally waterlogged fine loamy soils. The land is
capable of producing high yielding cereal crops including wheat, barley and oilseed rape.

The land has been registered for the Single Payment Scheme and it is the vendor's intention to transfer entitlements with the land, subject to RPA approval. The transfer will be organised by Savills for a fee of £300 + VAT, payable by the purchaser. We also understand that part of the woodland is entered into a Woodland Grant Scheme.

We understand that the sporting and mineral rights are in hand and included within the sale.

The purchaser will be required to pay for any seeds, fertilisers, cultivations or sprays applied to the land in preparation for the 2011 harvest crop, calculated on actual costs plus cultivations, based on CAAV costings.

The property is for sale by private treaty as a whole or in 3 lots. The only remaining lot for sale is Lot 1. We reserve the right to conclude the sale by any other means at our discretion.

The Council Tax Band for Rolston Hall is Band G.
The Council Tax Band for Stable Cottage is Band B.

Rolston Hall, land and farm buildings are for sale freehold with vacant possession.
Stable Cottage is for sale subject to the existing Assured Shorthold Tenancy.

The property is to be sold subject to all covenants and rights of way, whether specifically mentioned within these particulars or not. There is a public footpath along the far north boundary of lots 1 and 2 which then continues through the farmyard (Lot 3).

Rolston Hall is currently serviced by mains water and electricity and a private drainage system. The property has specialist central heating through a REKA corn fed heating system.
Stable Cottage is currently serviced by mains water and electricity. There is oil fired central heating and private drainage.
We understand that the farm buildings have mains electricity and water supplies.

If sold in lots, the purchasers of lots 1 and 3 are to fence the boundaries adjoining lot 2.

Please note that parts of Rolston Hall are a working farm with potential hazards. Due care and attention must be taken when inspecting the property.


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