ABOUT THE BUILDING
Country Lodge was originally built by Charles A Earl, an American,
who settled here after the First World War. He paid £500 for
12 acres of moorland before erecting the building. Most of this
land was subsequently sold off leaving the present 1.5 acres. It
was originally called Roundhills, but known locally as the 'round
house' due to its unusual octagonal design. From an original single-roofed
bungalow the first floor modifications were completed about 1960
to give the existing 'two-roof' layout.
In 2001 Tony designed and built the large extension
to the rear/right of the main house.
In 2005 Tony designed and built the church and
healing centre to the right of the house along with the associated
footpath, garden and patio.
When Susan and
Tony bought 'Roundhills' in 1995 they changed the name to Harmony
Country Lodge and began a process of improvements starting with
re-roofing and building the entrance steps. The windows were all
replaced and the interior completely re-decorated. Each room was
given a name in harmony with the ambience of the house. Tony designed
the East Wing, which was built in 2001 and then in 2005 he also
designed the building that is now Harmony
Church and Healing Sanctuary. After Susan's interior decor input,
this was consecrated on 18 February 2006 and is now a registered
place of worship for the Solemnization of Marriage.
The village of
Burniston, with its own interesting history nestles in the heart
of some wonderful countryside, with the National Park, Dalby Forest,
Harwood Dale and the National Nature Reserve of Forge Valley woodlands
with the river Derwent flowing through it close by - so there is
plenty of opportunity for walking, cycling or motoring tours. The
area also offers some breathtaking scenery for photographers, artists
and nature lovers.
is England's first holiday resort, is only 3 miles away and a drive
of less than 10 minutes takes you to the more leisurely North Bay
and picturesque Peasholme Park with its pretty boating lake. An
oriental themed park offering a beautiful system of streams and
waterfalls, mini bridges and gardens, Peasholme also houses a imposing
pagoda. There is a vast array of wildlife including an abundance
of tame grey squirrels and in summer it plays host to mock sea battles
using large model ships, and occasionally stages concerts with firework
displays. Ten minutes down the Coast road and close to Peasholme
is the new 'Alpemare' water park and also the Open Air theatre which
I believe is the largest in Europe, seating upto 8000 people and
hosting some very big and interesting names. A full program is once
again planed for this year.
The now famous
television 'Heartbeat' country of Goathland (Aidensfield) is only
a short drive away, or alternatively it could form a 'stop off'
from the nostalgic steam train journey between Pickering and Grosmont
which takes the traveller through the natural beauty of the North
York Moors. Scarborough has been used as the backdrop for a number
of films and television programmes, most notably 'The Royal'. Less
than an hour's drive away on the way to the ancient city of York
lies the beautiful Castle Howard where 'Brideshead Revisited' was
Further along the
coast is the picturesque village of Robin Hoods Bay with its fascinating
smuggling trade history. Whitby, approximately 17 miles to the north,
offers a wealth of religious, maritime and literary history. For
wildlife enthusiasts, dramatic Flamborough Head lies to the south,
with the RSPB reserve nearby at Bempton cliffs. A short walk from
the purpose-built visitor centre there is a number of specially-created
cliff top viewpoints to take advantage of a wonderful coastline
and the opportunity of seeing the massed ranks of gannets, guillemots,
kittiwakes and puffins.
For more detailed
information about the area and what is going on, visit the Scarborough
Borough Council website.