Tuesday, August 3, 2021

Take a peek inside “Wonderland”

Down a little road in Spridlington, one will discover a stunning stone, Grade II Listed farmhouse. The peaceful property sees hardly any passing traffic, enjoys good views, gorgeous sunsets, and is imbued with character.

While officially called Elm House, the owner refers to it by another name. She explained: “A friend who came to visit from Switzerland said it was an ‘Alice in Wonderland’ house, so I call it ‘Wonderland’. It’s a very quirky house, and you can actually get lost in it.” Fortunately, there is no Queen of Hearts demanding heads, one will instead find a property full of original features, from low beams to the listed staircase.

Venturing down the rabbit hole, one begins in the reception hall, with its stone floor. Off the hall is the sitting room, featuring an oak floor, coving, dado rail, York stone hearth, oak mantle, wood-burner, and sash window with shutters. One will also find the dining room on the ground floor, with oak floor, triple aspect bay sash windows, Cathedral Limestone hearth and surround, wood-burner, fitted shelving and cupboards, dado rail, pendant and wall lights.

Continuing through the house, there is the cloakroom with stone floor, w/c, pedestal wash hand basin, panelling to dado, window, recessed spotlights, fitted cupboards, and exposed beam, and the snug, hosting Karndean oak effect floor, an inglenook fireplace with wood burner, exposed beams, dual aspect windows with insulated blinds, and a built in cupboard. Moving into the kitchen, the Karndean Oak effect floor continues.

The kitchen also features an Oil fired double oven aga, dual electric oven, four ring induction hob, Belfast sink, brushed steel mixer tap, bespoke units, granite worktops, tiled splash backs, integrated dishwasher, fridge and wine cooler, and windows with insulated blinds. From the kitchen one can reach the utility room and pantry, which has stone shelves, keeping things cool.

Travelling upstairs, across two floors are six bedrooms, three bathrooms, and the attic room. One of the bedrooms has been transformed into a reading room. The owner said: “I’ve changed it into a sort of entertaining room. I belonged to a reading group and created that room for poetry, books, to be a room to sit in and relax.” The blue room also features beams, a sash window with seat and shutters, and a decorative fireplace. While the owner notes that this is her favourite room in the house, she highlights how each room exudes its own character: “Every single room changes, that is what makes the house so interesting.”

A particularly unique space in the home is the master suite, which is actually set over the first and second floor, with the master bedroom, with its vaulted ceiling and Velux windows, on the second floor, and the dressing room and bathroom on the first. The owner notes that the master bedroom suite is one of the main reasons she bought the house.


Stepping outside of the property, beautiful South and West facing landscaped gardens await. Predominantly laid to lawn, there are planted and well-maintained borders and beds, as well as a greenhouse, garden store and raised beds. One should also mention the rose beds at the front lawn – don’t worry no-one will ask you to paint them red! Talking about the gardens, the owner said: “There is a U hedge that frames the house, and lawns and little seating areas all over. There is also a ha-ha wall, and just beyond it the garden starts in spring with daffodils, snowdrops, and aconites, and then it just stays in flower all the year.”

After a two year stay at ‘Wonderland’ the owner and her husband are now looking to move to the seaside. Elm House, or ‘Wonderland’, is now on the market with Mount and Minster for £665,000.

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