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Seaton Hall

 

An ancient Farm House successively rebuilt from 1480 onwards on the site of a Saxon manor house mentioned in the Domesday survey. The house was occupied by the de Seton family from 1100 to 1307, then became a dower house to the Mulgrave estate and the de Mauley family, and via inheritance to Sir Francis Bigod, who was born in the house in 1507, whose father and uncle were killed at the Battle of Flodden in North Yorkshire fighting on the King's side. The young Sir Francis was made a ward of Cardinal Wolsey, was educated at Oxford, and went on to become a leader of the Pilgrimage of Grace, and for his part in this he was then executed.

After Sir Francis Bigod was executed in 1538 his brother, Ralph, lived on at Seaton Hall until 1548. The estate then passed through various lines, and subsequently went to the Dukes of Buckingham, and the laws of Seaton Manorial Court survive on a vellum roll from this period.

There is much correspondence from Sir Francis in public records, one letter of which relates to his house complaining of it's poor status, ill suited for a man of gentle birth.

The house was then relegated in status to that of a tenant farm, until the current owners purchased the property and farm, thus becoming the first owner-occupiers since 1548.

Self catering holiday rentals - further bedrooms and a sitting room with hot drinks tray and kettle in Seaton Hall can be added to Seaton Court and Cottage to create extra sleeping accommodation to number 22.  Also a sleeping deck on the landing of Seaton Cottage can take a single bed for a child or young person. 

The owner lives in a self contained end of Seaton Hall.

The three properties from a continuous L shape and the design arrangements lend the bedrooms an increased sense of privacy ideal for large groups. The reception accommodation in Seaton Court is arranged as an enfilade with 40 foot vaulted double height great hall for music and dining for over 20 opening onto a large farmhouse kitchen with a reception room beyond with log burning stove set in a large fireplace.'

Accommodation can be combined for larger groups - Seaton Cottage sleeping 4 to Seaton Court sleeping 10 and additional bedrooms in Seaton Hall to sleep a further 7.  Evening meals and packed lunches and hampers can all be provided by iour caterer if required and food can be served at table by arrangement.  The venue features several large reception areas for communal dining and group activities and is ideal for work school or college re-unions, study or lecture groups, character building and team development, outdoor or indoor plays,concerts, games can be held.

The venue is particularly attractive for wedding receptions ( not the cremony itself  there are local Churches ) and renewal of vows. The car parking can accommodate over 30 cars plus more under cover in the large barns. The gardens, orchards, woods and walk ways with gothic details and statuary and ancient moat make ideal photo settings. The whole estate can be exclusively booked for up to 22 guests with communal dining.  Corporate and educational use is also welcomed.

Works are ongoing to restore the house to its former manorial status. 

Ample parking next to the house offers easy unloading. The house is centrally ated and all character has been retained. It is furnished with many pieces of antique furniture and paintings, but with modern plumbing, mattresses and other conveniences. Cot and child facilities are available upon request. Satellite and other TV’s are installed. All fuel, heating and lighting is included, as are bed linen and towels.

 

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Pendulum Gardens

The Pendulum Gardens are based on idea from a poem of that name by the late Winifred Kidd. The site of Seaton Hall back to pre Roman times will have been home and work place to hundreds, if not thousands, of people whose souls once walked round the land now occupied by the garden.

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