Britain has always been famed for its rich history, stretching back more than two millennia. Now you have the opportunity to become a part of it and own a slice of the nation’s heritage.
For centuries overseas investors have had their imaginations captured by Britain’s past and been fascinated by days gone by. With scandalous stories of Lords and Ladies, regal regale of royal weddings and treacherous tales of plotters and villains, it isn’t hard to get caught up in the rich tapestry of our little island.
As more and more historic buildings are being lovingly restored and converted into luxurious hotels across the country, owning rooms once walked by Kings, Queens and famous poets has never been easier.
Dating back to the early 14th century, the Lakeside Manor estate originally belonged to Selby Abbey mainly and was home to the Master of Works, who oversaw the quarrying of local stone to maintain the magnificent abbey.
By the 19th century, owner Rev. Benjamin Hemsworth turned the manor into a true Victorian social hotspot. Anyone who was anyone could be found visiting the Italianate gardens, strictly by invitation only of course.
With ponds, a boating lake, woodlands, maze, menagerie, concert rooms and sports grounds, Lakeside Manor had it all. With so much on offer it is little surprise that the estate played host to many sporting events and even an annual Agricultural Show, which was covered by the press and immortalised in postcards sold at the local shop.
Unfortunately this all came to an end following the outbreak of the First World War, as most of the staff were all conscripted it became a struggle to maintain their outstanding social calendar. The collection of birds and animals from the private zoo were transferred to nearby Temple Newsam and the hockey and cricket teams halted their games by 1939.
In 1940, the manor’s owner was killed in the war and ownership passed over to the War Office. Due to the expansive nature of the estate, it was utilised for officer training until the end of the war and was put up for sale in 1946.
Following the sale of Lakeside Manor it was converted into a hotel and became a prime destination once again.