The repossession that could be worth a million
THIS enormous pile near Pickering was bought as a renovation project in 2007 but fell victim to the credit crunch.
Sutherland Lodge, at Sutherland, near, Pickering, is now back on the market as a repossession and looks set to excite the senses of intrepid buyers.
The guide price is £795,000 and it comes with a reception hall, drawing room, occasional room, kitchen breakfast room, utility room, second kitchen, eight bedrooms and two bathrooms.
It also comes with a coach house that has a sitting room, kitchen, dining room, four bedrooms and three bathrooms.
The barn has been converted into a 40ft long games/banquet room and has five storage rooms and two toilets.
Added to this are several outbuildings and seven acres of gardens and grounds with views of the North York Moors.
The imposing Victorian hunting lodge was built for the Purse family around 1890 and it still sports the family seal, of three ravens on a stone plaque on the front of the building together with the Purse emblem of an arm holding a hammer on the western flank of the property.
Built in Yorkshire sandstone blocks with dressed mullion windows, the lodge has some impressive gothic features including decorative fascias and finials, gargoyles and its own watch tower.
Inside, much of the character has been lost, though it still has the original oak staircase and two stained glass windows.
For many years the property was used as an activity centre, taking advantage of its beautiful and secluded countryside setting.
Subsequently sold to a builder before being repossessed, the house and buildings were given a partial facelift but are still in need of further restoration and modernisation.
Estimates for the renovation vary from £150,000 to £300,000 and Sutherland Lodge restored could be worth £1m.
There is a partially renovated Dower House close by, which is being sold separately with a guide price of £395,000.
Edward Stoyle, of Carter Jonas, York, which is marketing the both properties, says: “Sutherland Lodge is an amazing place.
“You drive through the woods turn a corner and see this gigantic place that takes your breath away. It really captures your imagination.
“It is very private and you feel as though you are in the middle of nowhere yet you are only five miles from Pickering
“It could be used as a home with holiday accommodation and it would also make a great boutique hotel or even a riding centre because there is permission for stables.”
It could also attract those who want to add it to their collection of “statement” homes.
“We recently sold Cleatham Hall in Lincolnshire and wouldbe buyers came from all over to see it, including people from Russia and Azerbaijan who wanted statement properties.
“Sutherland Lodge has similar qualities in that it is very private and could attract some interesting, eccentric buyers.”
For more details, contact Carter Jonas, York, tel: 01904 558200.
Sutherland Lodge is a Victorian former hunting lodge with gothic features.