Hall of Residence

The one thing I can say about my sister is that she has taste, which is probably why she had her own interior design company once upon a time; back in the day she was very well known and rubbed shoulders with the likes of Kevin McCloud before he hit the TV screen, and refitting a fifty room manor houses was not unknown. Sadly a number of reasons, including ill health, have meant that she is no longer whisked off by helicopter to Chivas whiskey distillery to rearrange the decor.

But true to form, when she moved back to Yorkshire from Spanish Galicia, she picked an absolute gem of a house and in a perfect location.


Hillary Hall in fact, late 17th, early 18th century, grade II listed building; my new temporary Hall of residence.

Of course the downside to living in an listed building is that the landlord was unable to put in double glazing or make too many alterations to try and keep the heat in, and it gets a bit nippy; my first job of the day is to get the fire lit 🙂

In saying that, with all this cooking and baking I’m doing the kitchen stays nice and toasty and I have a decent view out of the window when I’m busy cleaning up MY mess 🙂


I wish I’d have taken the pictures yesterday when the sun was shining, although that may have been a false representation of what the weather is normally like ‘up north’ Maybe once I’ve finished sprucing up the garden I’ll get a few more shots, rumour has it that the sun may shine again later this month.

Author: Eddy Winko

Left the rat race to live a less hectic and harmful life. From the building of a straw bale house to the composting toilet diaries; read my blog https://winkos.wordpress.com/

11 thoughts on “Hall of Residence”

  1. I used to live in an extremely cold, listed house. The curtains used to blow around when it was windy outside and there used to be frost on the inside of the windows! It was necessary to go to bed with hats on and I used to go outside for a walk to warm up…. I loved that house 🙂

  2. Would you possibly be able (allowed) to build a mass heater rocket stove in a containing box in the bedroom? Google temporary or portable mass heater rocket stove if this is unfamiliar to you. You would be able to stay warm all night and have a safe refuge to come back to after darting around the place lighting other fires…. no changes would be made to the building this way.

    Stay warm in your gorgeous new digs!

    1. I love the rocket stove idea, I have experimented in Poland and intend to have one in out stable of residence. Sadly the landlord up here in Yorkshire wouldn’t share our enthusiasm.:)

      1. Oh, hey, I didn’t realize you’d replied to my comment. Too bad about the rocket stove, but it IS not a usual thing so understandable for your landlord I guess. 🙂

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