Could this prime property be the most exclusive in the history of Harrogate?
The Esplanade on Montpellier Hill, made up of three houses on a single street at the bottom of Cold Bath Road, has been billed as Harrogate’s “most desired” address.
It used to be a hotel, with famed author EM Forster even writing much of his controversial novel Maurice within its walls. Now, it is the holiday home of the multi-millionaire founder of homeware chain Dunelm - who has put it up for sale for £3.795m.
“My main home is in Cambridgeshire and I bought The Esplanade as I wanted a base here in Yorkshire where I have family,” said owner William Adderley, adding that he had recently refurbished one of the three properties for his own use while letting out the others. “Two of the properties were offices and I converted them back into homes which currently have good tenants, so it’s a great proposition as their rental income covers the running costs of the main house.
“I’m selling as I am involved in a fledgling business close to my main home which means I just don’t have the time to spend up here anymore.”
Beech Villa, Beech Lodge and Sloane Cottage, as well as garages, gated driveways, enclosed gardens, courtyards and parking, are now the most expensive properties on the market in Harrogate.
They are being marketed by Dacre Son & Hartley.
Paul Baxter, area director, said it’s a “magnificent” property in a prime site.
“The Esplanade overlooks The Stray and sits opposite Montpellier Hill and the renowned Betty’s tearooms,” he said.
“For the last 150 years, it has been an intrinsic part of the Low Harrogate street scene, and the fact that all three properties have been returned to residential use means it’s a truly unique offering.”
Built in the 1850’s as a model development for the Duchy of Lancaster, the property became a hotel in 1913.
In later years, it became the office headquarters of Yorkshire businessman Paul Sykes, who sold them in 2013.
“It is the most exclusive, attractive period property on the market in Harrogate and the three homes combined, cover a staggering 13,538 square feet,” said Mr Baxter.
“The exceptional quality and attention to detail of the homes is second to none and the location – just a short distance from the bustling Montpellier Quarter with its specialist antique shops as well as Harrogate’s famous range of exclusive shops and award winning restaurants – only adds to the appeal.”