They have welcomed visitors to their guest house for more than a quarter of a century – but now it’s nearly time for a Sheffield family to check out.
Jon and Mandy Kington have run Etruria House in Broomhill for 26 years with Mandy’s parents, Terry and Brenda Horan.
But after decades of getting up at 6am seven days a week, the family have finally decided to put the historic Crookes Road property on the market for £550,000.
Jon and Mandy, both now aged 55, bought the 10-bedroomed house as fresh-faced young entrepreneurs in August, 1989.
Jon, who also works as an auditor during the week, said: “I had always wanted a business and I was quite ambitious.
“We bought Etruria House when I was 29. It’s been hard work. The in-laws then were 58 and 60, now they’re 83 and 85.
“It’s been like Dallas as you can imagine, all living under the same roof. We have had our moments but we have stuck together. It’s been good for all of us.
“It’s been a home, a job and we have brought our kids up here.”
Jon said it is the guests who have made running the business such a pleasure for 26 years.
Many of their visitors have been parents of students, or workers and family members of patients in the nearby hospitals.
Some guests enjoyed their stay so much that they returned to stay time after time.
“We had a Japanese guest who broke his leg in the snow in the winter of 1994,” said Jon. “We did an evening meal for him pretty much every night and he was with us seven nights a week for 10 months.
“We have another guest, a doctor from Glasgow, who came in the 1990s and still occasionally visits now. ”
Etruria House was built in 1876 by John Armitage, a manufacturer of decorative fireclay products.
He extended two dwellings on the same site which date back to 1794.
The Grade II listed property is one of the finest Victorian properties in Broomhill.
Following an open day last week, Jon and Mandy have received a number of offers and hope to have a sale in due course.
Until then, they are still welcoming bookings.
Jon said he will carry on his main job after the sale, while Mandy is looking forward to some time out.
“I would love someone to carry Etruria House on as a B&B but I think it’s probably going to go as a private house,” Jon said.
“My favourite spot is the guest lounge. We only really use it at Christmas as we close over that period and that’s where we have our Christmas dinner.
“I will probably miss Christmas time here the most – the house seems enormous when it’s just the four of us.
“We have some wonderful memories.”
n Etruria House is on the market with Mark Jenkinson and son and Fowler Sandford.