When Karen and Michael Johnston bought Wold House 14 years ago they had every intention of turning it into a wedding and events venue.
The plan went awry after they fell in love with the spectacular period property and decided to make it their family home. Since then the couple, who own the popular North Star Hotel and Restaurant in Flamborough, have carried out an extensive renovation.
The house, which was built in Georgian style in 1854, has been re-roofed, rewired and replumbed. The swimming pool has been re-opened and outbuildings have been converted to house a snooker room, gym, changing rooms and sauna.
While the interiors retained many original features, those that were lost, including fireplaces, have been reinstated. The two adjoining cottages have also been renovated and modernised and are now luxury holiday lets.
Along with an exceptional location with views stretching across the Wolds to the Humber Bridge, the house also has a romantic history. It was commissioned by John Dickinson as a gift for his future bride and, in a bid to impress her, he spared no expense on the fit-out. He even installed a replica of the cantilevered staircase at nearby Sledmere House.
The property has a reception hall, formal drawing room, dining room, study, breakfast room, bespoke, handcrafted kitchen, matching laundry and boot room plus a utility room. On the first floor, there are five bedrooms and five bathrooms, including a master bedroom suite.
Beech View cottage has three bedrooms and two bathrooms plus a private hot tub outside and Wold House holiday cottage has four bedrooms and two bathrooms. A two-storey barn is used for storage and has a bedroom and en-suite and has potential for conversion. The grounds stretch to 1.1 acres.
Karen Johnston says: “We have absolutely loved living here and we have created a successful lifestyle business thanks to the two holiday lets. We are selling because we want to concentrate on The North Star, which we have run for 27 years, and to have a home where there is no business attached.”
Mark Woolley of Woolley & Parks estate agents adds that Wold House would also suit a multi-generational family and could be run as a hotel/wedding and events venue.
For a virtual tour of Wold House visit https://my.matterport.com/show/?m=mLEpL3XV7T5
Contact Woolley & Parks, tel: 01377 252095, www.woolleyparks.co.uk
*Nafferton is a Wolds village close to Driffield. It has a railway station, pubs and a village school.