Quaint 3-bed house is full of character – and inside hides MAJOR secrets to its hidden past

A STUNNING seaside home has gone on the market for £325,000 – and eagle-eyed house-hunters may be able to work out the building's amazing history.

The first clue about the three-bed property's past can be found in its location at the heart of Scarborough's Old Town and near the harbour.

The home's age is also a hint. The Grade II*-listed period house was built in the 14th century, and it still bears many of its original features.

But two rooms in particular are certain to give the game away.

One room is filled with sailor's knots and a case of items salvaged at sea – while another comes complete with a bar.

The property was once a medieval pub, before it was transformed into a sea captain's house years later.

It boasts a series of incredible secrets, including smuggling holes and even a priest's hole, built in the 1500s to hide persecuted members of the Catholic clergy.

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According to local historians, fishermen had their broken bones set in the parlour.

There are also rumours American Captain John Paul Jones hid in the attic after his ships battled the British at Flamborough Head in 1779.

Perhaps unsurprisingly, the property is also believed to be one of Scarborough's most haunted spots.

If that's not quite interesting enough, it currently serves as a museum so locals can learn its story for themselves.

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It was in a near-derelict state when owners bought it almost a decade ago, but has been almost completely restored.

Estate agents at CPH Property Services said the "beautiful" home is "believed to be one of the oldest properties in the town".

"In recent years it has undergone a scheme of updating by the current vendors, sympathetic to the property's age, and importantly retaining its character, charm and an abundance of period features," they said.

"Internal viewing cannot be recommended highly enough to fully appreciate this truly unique period home with more than 700 years of history and character."

It's not the only home on the market with surprises in store for the new owner.


A tiny garage is on the market for an astonishing £1.2million.

But there's more to the outbuilding in Newcastle than meets the eye.

It comes with a full-size tennis court – and is situated in one of the city's most exclusive areas.

Meanwhile, a little two-bed home without an indoor loo or shower is available in Cornwall for an eye-watering £350,000.

But anyone turning their nose up may want to look again.

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Although the chalet has just 204 feet of floor space, it's arguably in one of the UK's most stunning locations.

It was built moments from beauty spot Gwithian Sands.

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