Country manor house which survived a cannon attack by notorious pirate goes on the market for £1.6M

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A stunning historic estate near the Yorkshire Coast that survived an attack from a notorious American pirate has gone on the market for £1.6 million.

The Rolston Hall estate, which dates back nearly 700 years, sits on a 10-acre ground in a small hamlet about one mile from the coastal town of Hornsea.

The property boasts a moat, 13 bedrooms, six bathrooms and another additional six rooms as well as a detached Hall Cottage, a separate period house set in its own private garden.

It also features the 7,000 square-foot Rolston Hall, which was mentioned in the Domesday Book. 

The country estate was owned by William Brough, the Marshall of the High Court of Admiralty in the 1700s who was charged with eradicating piracy.

But his job invited hatred from pirates, including the notorious American privateer, Paul Jones. Mr Brough had issued an order to hang him as a pirate if he were captured and in retaliation the pirate is said to have fired at the property with a cannon.

A stunning historic estate near the Yorkshire Coast that survived an attack from a notorious American pirate is now for sale for £1.6 million

A stunning historic estate near the Yorkshire Coast that survived an attack from a notorious American pirate is now for sale for £1.6 million

The Rolston Hall estate, which dates back nearly 700 years, sits on a 10-acre ground in the small hamlet of Rolston, about one mile from the coastal town of Hornsea. A reception sitting room with a period-style fireplace is pictured

The Rolston Hall estate, which dates back nearly 700 years, sits on a 10-acre ground in the small hamlet of Rolston, about one mile from the coastal town of Hornsea. A reception sitting room with a period-style fireplace is pictured

The reception hall still has its original cantilevered staircase and the sitting room below has a fireplace and oak flooring

The reception hall still has its original cantilevered staircase and the sitting room below has a fireplace and oak flooring

The main manor has ten bedrooms and five bathrooms. The sleeping chambers are arranged over two floors with several offering views of the gardens and countryside beyond

 The main manor has ten bedrooms and five bathrooms. The sleeping chambers are arranged over two floors with several offering views of the gardens and countryside beyond

The manor has an oak-panelled dining room and a tall mantel fireplace which includes the carved family crests of the occupants of Rolston Hall dating back to the Domesday Book

The manor has an oak-panelled dining room and a tall mantel fireplace which includes the carved family crests of the occupants of Rolston Hall dating back to the Domesday Book

Rolston Hall maintains its privacy through its substantial 10-acre grounds and long driveways. It has beautifully landscaped gardens that include a significant portion of the original moat that surrounded the house

Rolston Hall maintains its privacy through its substantial 10-acre grounds and long driveways. It has beautifully landscaped gardens that include a significant portion of the original moat that surrounded the house

The property also survived a cannon attack by notorious pirate Paul Jones in the 1700s

The property also survived a cannon attack by notorious pirate Paul Jones in the 1700s

Rolston Hall maintains its privacy through its substantial 10-acre grounds and long driveways, with landscaped gardens that include a significant portion of the original moat that surrounded the house.  

The home is also mentioned in the Domesday Book – a survey of England and some of Wales, completed in 1086 by the order of William the Conqueror. Written in Medieval Latin, the title, from the Latin phrase ‘Domus Dei,’ translates to ‘House of God.’ 

The historic landmark estate was the subject of ‘considerable investment and restoration.’ 

The property retains many of its original architectural features but also has the comforts of modern living, the realtor’s listing states.

The main manor has ten bedrooms and five bathrooms. 

The sleeping chambers are arranged over two floors with several offering views of the gardens and countryside beyond. Some of the bedrooms even have fireplaces. 

The master bedroom features an en suite with a freestanding slipper bath.

Hall Cottage, the period home sitting on the property, houses the remaining three bedrooms and a single bathroom. It also has a small living room. 

The cottage’s best feature is arguably its private garden.

Rolston Hall’s kitchen has a large walk-in butlers pantry with a range of full height cupboards and access to the safe room and wine cellar.

The living room features an ornate fireplace, as well as a bar and the reception hall still has its original cantilevered staircase and the sitting room below has a period-style fireplace and oak flooring. 

‘A particular feature of the oak-panelled dining room is the tall mantel fireplace which includes the carved family crests of the occupants of Rolston Hall dating back to the Doomsday Book,’ reads the listing. 

The home estates sits on 10 acres of grounds and includes a range of outbuildings including two large barns, an office and gymnasium.

There is a croquet lawn, hard tennis court with pavilion and outdoor entertaining area with pergola. The grounds also boast spacious lawns, a multitude of specimen trees, a large kitchen garden and an orchard.

The property features the over 7,000-square foot Rolston Hall manor and touts 13 bedrooms, six bathrooms and another additional six rooms

The property features the over 7,000-square foot Rolston Hall manor and touts 13 bedrooms, six bathrooms and another additional six rooms

Hall Cottage, the period home sitting on the property, houses the remaining three bedrooms and a single bathroom. One of the bedrooms in the cottage is seen above

Hall Cottage, the period home sitting on the property, houses the remaining three bedrooms and a single bathroom. One of the bedrooms in the cottage is seen above

The living room features an ornate fireplace, as well as a bar

The living room features an ornate fireplace, as well as a bar

A large fireplace draws the eye in this living room

A large fireplace draws the eye in this living room

Hall Cottage features a small living room

Hall Cottage features a small living room

Rolston Hall's kitchen has a large walk-in butlers pantry with a range of full height cupboards and access to the safe room and wine cellar

Rolston Hall’s kitchen has a large walk-in butlers pantry with a range of full height cupboards and access to the safe room and wine cellar

A beautiful lake extending near the manor house is seen above. The home estates sits on 10 acres of grounds and includes a range of outbuildings

A beautiful lake extending near the manor house is seen above. The home estates sits on 10 acres of grounds and includes a range of outbuildings

There is a croquet lawn, hard tennis court with pavilion and outdoor entertaining area with pergola. The grounds also boast spacious lawns, a multitude of specimen trees, a large kitchen garden and an orchard

There is a croquet lawn, hard tennis court with pavilion and outdoor entertaining area with pergola. The grounds also boast spacious lawns, a multitude of specimen trees, a large kitchen garden and an orchard

Rolston Hall estate held several owners over the last 700 years and was descended by inheritance.

The property was entrusted to the Brough family when Mary Trustlove, whose family had previously conveyed the property, married John Brough in 1969. The estate remained in the Brough family line until Marshal Brough’s widow died.

Marshal Brough had sparred with Mr Jones, a pirate, resulting in an attack on the property, according to GENUKI. 

The bootlegger fired a cannon into the house to show his contempt of the marshal, who was tasked with suppressing piracy.

Mr Jones would fire at Mr Brough’s home every time he sailed along the Yorkshire Coast, historians allege.



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