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Plans for B&B at historic Driffield home

Highfield, Windmill Hill, Driffield, East Yorkshire, New Bed & Breakfast - Hosts - David & Elizabeth Taylor

Highfield, Windmill Hill, Driffield, East Yorkshire, New Bed & Breakfast - Hosts - David & Elizabeth Taylor

Members of the public can now spend the night in the luxury of one of Driffield’s most expensive and iconic houses.

Highfield, on Windmill Hill, has been partly turned into a bed and breakfast, at least for the time being, until owners David and Elizabeth Taylor manage to sell it.

The Victorian grade II-listed house, which is for sale at £895,000, has been under offer seven times but on each occasion the buyer has pulled out, said Mr Taylor.

He added: “We’ve had it on the market for such a long time and the amount of viewings we’ve had is ridiculous, so we thought we’re going to press ahead with the B&B.”

The couple bought the house in 2002 when it was “seriously dilapidated” and have since carried out a major overhaul including re-wiring, re-plumbing, repairing 14 leaks in the roof, and cutting back the garden which had grown into “a jungle.” Much of the work has been done by Mr Taylor himself, who also renovated Station House in Driffield.

Currently just one of the twelve bedrooms is a B&B room with the possibility of a second on the way.

But Mr Taylor said they would still sell the property if a buyer came along. He said a hotel might be a proposition for the next owner.

One of the reasons the couple wish to sell is that both their children have now left home.

Mr Taylor added: “They did tend to use lots of rooms which is more than we do. I can’t remember the last time I went on the second floor.”

 

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