A Grade-II listed manor house near the village of Newton under Roseberry in North Yorkshire is to be given a new lease of life as a boutique hotel, restaurant and wedding venue.
The 12th century property Pinchinthorpe Hall has been acquired by John Borthwick, who owns a successful marketing and IT business, and will focus on developing the businesses into the Manor House Hotel and 80-cover restaurant Cliff Rigg.
The building hasn’t traded as a hotel and venue for six years, while the microbrewery – which will now become the restaurant – has continued to run.
Local brothers George and John Tinsley took over the hall in 1997 and undertook an ambitious redevelopment and refurbishment to transform the building into the hotel, wedding venue and small brewery in the stable block.
In 2016, George Tinsley instructed Christie & Co to find a tenant to re-open the site as a boutique hotel or wedding venue.
The property is home to six bedrooms, four formal reception rooms, a self contained two bedroom flat and cottage and 10 acres of land.
New owner Borthwick says: “We have some great ideas for the look and feel of the restaurant and have a lot of work to do before the opening in early 2018. I can’t wait to hold our first wedding at the venue too.”
Mark Worley, director at Christie & Co who handled the sale said: “As the establishment had not traded for some five years or so, the challenge for any new tenant operator was to start a wedding business from scratch, particularly given the cash flow issues for wedding venues, which tend to rely on bookings a year or so in advance.
“Fortunately, our clients’ background in this field meant that they were sympathetic to this scenario and were happy to offer a rent free period and flexible lease terms to allow any new tenant time to grow their business. We introduced local John Borthwick to our clients and a new lease was signed in late October 2017.”
Pinchinthorpe Hall closed as a wedding venue in 2011 , and dates back to the 12th century when the Norman family of Pinchun held land there.
Previous owners have included Richard Lee, who went on to become Lord Mayor of London in 1461, Sir Joseph Pease, who made significant improvements to the hall, and Sir Penry Williams, the local MP, who included amongst others the Prime Minister, Lloyd George, as a house guest.