This wood frame, grade 2-listed building was built c1208 around a still existing oak tree, as a hunting lodge for King John.
It is believed that, following the defeat of Royalist forces at Marston Moor, articles of capitulation were signed here, in the presence of Oliver Cromwell.
A 400 year old mulberry tree planted by James 1st is still fruiting annually in the garden.
From the 17th century the house was owned by the Roundell family for nearly 400 years then became popular as a riverside restaurant and its chequered appearance possibly influenced other cafes in the town. Now a private house.