8 Bedrooms House For Sale
Holtby House is one of the finer examples of the new Victorian villas being built around 1870 in Cottingham by the new gentry and affluent shipping merchants of Hull. Originally named Bainesse, an Indian word meaning welcome, its name was changed to Holtby House when the University of Hull acquired the property in the 1950's to reflect the house's previous association with its famous former owners. Between 1919 & 1937 the house was home to the Holtby family who moved there from their farming estate in Rudston high on the Yorkshire Wolds. Mrs Alice Holtby was chosen to became the first woman alderman of the East Riding county council and served from 1934 - 1936, however her youngest daughter, Winifred Holtby was a famous novelist and social reformer until her death in 1935, aged just 37.
Winifred wrote many successful novels, although her most famous was South Riding (Dramatised by the BBC), which was published posthumously after her death and thought to be based on her mother's time in public office whilst living at Bainesse (Holtby House). Winifred's best friend and fellow author, Vera Brittan, writes in her book "Testament of friendship" about times together at Bainesse, of parties and literary writings. In 1955 when Holtby House was in university ownership as a bachelor's halls of residence, its was also graced by another famous author. Phillip Larkin lived in the house when he arrived in Hull from Belfast, although his stay was quite brief. Taking an instant dislike to his institutional lodgings describing to a friend that he "felt as if he were lying in some penurious doss-house with hobos snoring and quarreling all around him". Holtby house remained in University ownership until 2001.
The tired and dilapidated university halls of residence were purchased in 2001 by Stephen and Victoria Voase. Being in the building trade themselves they could instantly see past the rack and ruin that the house had fallen into. They had a grand vision to restore the house to its former glory whilst incorporating the fineries demanded of the modern age.
They set about meticulously restoring and re-modelling the house, painstakingly recreating the many missing original features that had once adorned the property when it was built back in the 1870’s. A time before electricity or the invention of the telephone. and at a time when the building of the Royal Albert hall was almost completed as a memory to Queen Victoria’s late husband. They wanted to recreate a stunning period home for their growing family fit for the dawn of the 21st Century and they certainly succeeded.
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