In the late 18th Century the house was
also the scene of the Bainton Beacon Assizes with villians being locked overnight
in the cellars prior to their final walk to Bainton & then along "Dead Lane" to Neswick where a gibbet (gallows) stood in a field.
Since then the property has been a traditional family farmhouse under the name of Manor Farm.
Back in 1995, Sally & Chris Brealey joined forces with Sally’s parents, Maureen & Bob Holmes & her brother
to set to & convert this run down property into what it is today. With Lewis leaving the business in 2005,
the untimely passing of Bob in 2009 & Maureen edging into retirement, Sally & Chris continue to run Wolds Village
with a small staff & occasional help from both of their daughters.
After months of planning & preparation we eventually moved in on Valentines Day 1995 & started on "Phase 1"
of Wolds Village; the creation of two roomed tearoom. We opened for business on 9th May 1995 having renovated
the Dining Room, Scullery & Kitchen. The "Well Room" with its small bar area was completed & opened on
16th September 1995. The well itself is just short of 100 feet deep & would have been a vital source of water
when it was built approximately 200 years.
In November 1995, the Craft & Gift Shop opened in the Old Stables & the adjacent rooms became work shops
for Bob's woodwork & wood finishing. Restoring the sagging & roofless Dovecote was next. There are over 700 pigeon holes
with a central post which originally had protruding arms that supported a ladder. This could be rotated making it easy
for farm hands to climb up & take the fledgling birds & eggs which were an important source of food.
The restoration of the Dovecote was completed in time to be used as our main entrance for the summer of 1996.
As with the entire project, it was very much a family affair, each of the family members
being able to use their own talents in its building & design. We then spent a great deal of time, researching the decors
& then making, finishing, painting panelling & flooring. Sale rooms were searched for period furnishings
which we then restored & upholstered.
In November 2008, After spending a year renovating the old barn
that sits between the two courtyards & which is now available for small functions
Then in March 2020 Covid 19 struck.
Our business was completely devastated by enforced lockdowns and we had no choice but to loose all our staff.
We worked really hard over the next two years, helped out by our two daughters and a couple of
staff members, to keep going.
We did everything from offering an online food delivery service during lockdowns, delivering Afternoon Teas and takeaways,
we opened outside when we were able and thankfully came through it all.
At the end of 2022 we downsized further when our daughters left to further their own careers which had been on hold.
This just left Sally & Chris to run the Guest house.
In July 2023, we launch the reopening of the tearooms, gallery and gift shop.
The plan is to keep the business small at the moment but to grow over time if the outside forces allow that to be feasible.
Now in our 28th year we feel like we are starting over.
We are excited to welcome our wonderful customers back and we look forward to a successful and happy future.