The re­pos­ses­sion that could be worth a mil­lion

Yorkshire Post - Property - - PROPERTY -

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.

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