Cot­tages with a sea­side set­ting and five-star ser­vice at hand

Yorkshire Post - Property - - PROPERTY -

THERE’S al­ways a rush of in­ter­est when prop­erty comes up for sale in the sea­side vil­lage of Sand­send.

A hop and a skip along the coast from Whitby, this pretty lit­tle en­clave has be­come one of the most de­sir­able places to own a hol­i­day home.

Now, house hun­ters are to en­joy an em­bar­rass­ment of riches thanks to Skel­with Group’s de­ci­sion to put seven cot­tages on its Raith­waite Hall site up for sale.

The homes, a mix of con­ver­sion and new-build, cost £200,000 for a one bed­room and £350,000 for a three bed­room. They come with 999-year leases and a host of al­lur­ing ex­tras, for which own­ers pay a ser­vice charge of £1,500 a year

Own­ers and their guests are al­lowed ac­cess to all the fa­cil­i­ties at the lux­ury Raith­waite Hall ho­tel, which is set to open in Oc­to­ber this year. They will also have use of the ex­ten­sive grounds, which stretch to 88 acres.

Toby Cock­roft, of DHP Croft, which is mar­ket­ing the prop­er­ties, says: “Cot­tage own­ers will be able to use the concierge ser­vice, laun­dry ser­vice, gym, spa and restau­rant. They will also be able to call up and or­der room ser­vice so they can get a steak and a bot­tle of wine sent down to their cot­tage if they wish. If they want to let their home to hol­i­day mak­ers, Skel­with Group will man­age the hol­i­day let­tings.”

Three of the cot­tages are ready to move into and four should be fin­ished by the end of Au­gust.

The de­vel­op­ment is a new chap­ter in the his­tory of the stately home, which was re­garded as a mon­u­ment to the suc­cess of the Head­lam fam­ily, of Whitby. Wil­liam Head­lam ac­quired Raith­waite Hall in 1939, for­merly the home of the Py­man ship­ping mag­nates. He turned it into the com­pany HQ af­ter his of­fices in Whitby were bombed and it re­mained his ship­ping com­pany HQ un­til the busi­ness was for­mally wound up in 1994.

Mr Head­lam died at the hall in 1991, aged 81, four years af­ter his com­pany’s last ves­sel, the 15,000 ton Eg­ton, was sold to Fin­land for scrap.

He left the en­tire es­tate and the bulk of his £7m for­tune to his Swiss nurse Trudi Tan­ner, mak­ing her one of the rich­est women in Bri­tain overnight.

Miss Tan­ner, who was then 56, had cared for Mr Head­lam for 20 years since his sec­ond mar­riage ended.

She looked af­ter the es­tate un­til it was sold to Skel­with Group two years ago, They be­gan work on the £30m lux­ury ho­tel de­vel­op­ment in March last year.

They also have plans to cre­ate The Keep, a new build pro­vid­ing ac­com­mo­da­tion for groups, in­clud­ing shoot­ing par­ties.

They are in talks with Scar­bor­ough Coun­cil to cre­ate more cot­tages and na­ture trails inn the fu­ture.

Ben Pil­grim, of Skel­with Group says: “It’s a five-star site and we want it to be a premier des­ti­na­tion.”

SEA­SIDE SPE­CIAL: Cot­tages at Raith­waite Hall.

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