house was constructed in three main periods – the medieval
gatehouse, the Tudor/Stuart extension, and the Victorian addition.
In 1960 the house was condemned as unfit for human
habitation as it had neither electricity nor mains water
It was served with a ‘closing order’ which meant it
be demolished. Luckily it was rescued by Henry and Margaret
who restored the house and rewatered the moat. Margaret Hall
lived in the Moat House after Henry’s death and eventually
out in 1996 when she was in her eighties.
The house is a Grade 2-star listed property, putting it in the top six
per cent of valued historical buildings in the country.
It has undergone three main periods of restoration based on the three
owners who have lived there since 1960.
and Margaret Hall completed the main restoration work.
They saved the building from demolition, provided mains
to the house, and converted it into a viable dwelling.
Richard Johnstone bought the property in 1996, and he undertook
critical structural work, solving some fundamental problems that the
Victorian additions had engendered.
Jon and Marilyn Dunkelman moved in in 2004 and have continued the work
of the previous owners. Modern facilities are being added,
preserving the integrity and ambience of this ancient building.