Lord’s home up for sale

Hickleton Hall.
Hickleton Hall.
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One of the most historic and aristocratic houses in Doncaster is for sale – with a guide price of £2 million.

Hickleton Hall – once the English country retreat of a Viceroy of India – is being marketed with several possible future uses, including a hotel or company headquarters.

Set within 17 acres of parkland, it was last used as a Sue Ryder care home.

The Georgian, Grade II-listed house, built in the mid-18th century, has 64 bedrooms.

A planning application has been submitted to Doncaster Council seeking permission to convert the hall and stable block into residential accommodation.

Estate agent Hamptons International suggests the houset could be used as country home, a hotel/conference centre, for educational purposes, or a retreat.

Hickleton Hall, just off the A635 road between Doncaster and Barnsley, was designed by architect James Paine for the Woolley family, who were forced to sell it because of a banking crash.

It was later owned by the Lord Halifax, a former Viceroy of India and Foreign Secretary in the lead-up to the Second World War.

He sold it in 1947 when he moved to his other estate in North Yorkshire.

It then became a convent boarding school for girls before the Sue Ryder Trust bought it in 1961. It ran it as a care facility until 2012.

A spokesman for Hamptons said: “Hickleton Hall is an archetypal example of a large country house.

“Set well within its gardens and grounds with far-reaching rural views the hall offers a great opportunity for a variety of uses, education, residential or a most prestigious corporate headquarters.”

Sue Ryder closed Hickleton Hall after finding alternative accommodation for its last 27 residents, some going to their care centre at Holme-on-Spalding-Moor.

A charity spokesman said: “All proceeds from the building’s sale will be reinvested into providing care for people with long-term and end-of-life care needs.”