Remember the Tour de France 'spotty house'? It's now had a Yorkshire Tea makeover

The 'spotty house' in Knaresborough was one of the most popular sights along the Tour de Yorkshire Grand Depart route in 2014.

Tuesday, 31st July 2018, 3:41 pm
Updated Tuesday, 31st July 2018, 3:53 pm
A special send-off for the owners of the spotty house in Knaresborough
A special send-off for the owners of the spotty house in Knaresborough

Owners Tony and Lori Handley decorated their whitewashed Grade II-listed home on Bond End with red spots as a tribute to the race's iconic King of the Mountains jersey.

For sale: The house we all went dotty overNow the couple are selling the property, which also has two holiday cottages, and retiring to Northumberland - but they're going out in style thanks to a partnership with Yorkshire Tea.

The Harrogate-based company have festooned the spotty house with red teapots - something Lori, an artist, wanted before the race in 2014, but was prevented from doing so by the event's strict advertising rules.

A special send-off for the owners of the spotty house in Knaresborough

The walls are now covered in 91 teapots to mark their final Yorkshire Day in the county before they relocate in the coming weeks.

The spotty house became internationally famous after the Grand Depart - it featured in race broadcasts in 160 countries. Visitors from China, Canada and the USA have since travelled to Yorkshire to see the building.

Since 2014, the versatile property has also been decorated with red noses for Comic Relief, hearts on Valentine's Day, balloons to mark the Great Knaresborough Bed Race and Christmas trees during the town's tree festival. It reverted to its spotty livery during the Tour de Yorkshire.

The house, named Royal Oak, first went on the market with a guide price of £850,000 back in 2016. The Handleys bought the property 10 years ago and have since refurbished the main house, converting an old stable and tack room into holiday lets.

The world-famous home is now decorated with 91 teapots

Although the spots appear to be painted on, they are stick-on vinyl discs, which cost £90, and are easily removed. The couple are hoping that the new owners will continue the tradition of decorating one of Yorkshire's best-known buildings.

Tony and Lori Handley are retiring to Northumberland