This attractive and imposing Grade II-listed medieval-style property has been a labour of love for Paul and Pam Vardy for the past 31 years.
Retired banker Paul and artist wife Pam have transformed their historical home into a beautiful and well-equipped property fit for modern family life yet full of period features.
Known as the ‘Turris de Schilbotell’, it was originally owned by Henry Percy – the first Duke of Northumberland in 1367 – before being forfeited to the crown and passed by King Henry IV to his son John, the Duke of Bedford.
Pam explains: “The history of the house is fascinating. We have become the longest dwelling residents. The person this house would appeal to might have a love of history. However, many different people would find this historical house appealing, as it is just a lovely and interesting and practical home to live in.
“We were attracted to the house because it was so unusual. It was a dream home with the medieval pele tower and attached old vicarage with its Georgian and Victorian architecture. Paul wondered what had we let ourselves in for when he was the first to arrive to the cold and rather shabby property.
“I knew it was going to be absolutely wonderful – eventually. It certainly was a challenge, but it was so worth it. The barrel vaulted room at the base of the pele tower cried out to be made into a dining room with the wow factor. Such a lot needed doing to the house. Gradually, we made lots of changes and improvements, but always mindful of what would enhance such an unusual home.”
It has eight bedrooms, two of which are in a separate holiday let, and the potential for two further large bedrooms in the attic space on the second storey of the main house. Four reception rooms feature working fireplaces and wood burning stoves. There is also a kitchen, utility, cloakroom, family bathroom, and plenty of…