A Grade I Listed castle with 14th century origins sitting in approximately 100 acres
Gilling Castle is one of England's most treasured and historic buildings. Nestled in the Howardian Hills this iconic building is Grade l listed and is to be sold for the first time in nearly one hundred years. With origins going as far back as the 14th century it has been altered and remodelled over the many centuries, but remains an impressive structure with some magnificent and unique period features of national importance.
The original core was significantly re-modelled by the Fairfax family who rebuilt the 14th Century manor house. This work was believed to have been completed around 1585. The north and south wings were added at the beginning of the 18th Century as part of a major extension. Lying to the north of the main house is an enclosed series of buildings, which would have originally been the stable complex and workers' cottages and, but now classrooms and dormitories.
Gilling Castle can either be approached from the private driveway, leading from the main entrance gates and the Lodge, or from Pottergate which then joins the main drive part of the way along.
The driveway leads to the west face of the property where there is a turning and parking area. The property has been occupied as a school since 1929 with the building adapted for that use over a number of years. Gilling Castle retains many architectural features which are scheduled in the Listing as undoubtedly it is an important building, with the entrance hallway, dining room, long gallery and chapel of particular note. Gilling Castle itself is Grade I Listed, the former stables and clock tower are Grade II Listed, the stone gate piers are Grade II Listed and in all sits in approximately 100 acres, formerly part of a large estate on the register of Historic Parks and Gardens for its special historic interest.
Lying to the south and west of the gardens and playing fields lies a private nine hole golf course within the curtilage of the property. There is a parking area and small club house off Pottergate. The course is primarily a nine hole golf course with the facilities available to the Abbey and college as well as private members and paying guests. The area occupied by the golf course is subject to a lease from the Ampleforth Abbey Trustees to the Trustees of the Ampleforth College Golf Club. The golf course is let until August 2030 at a peppercorn rent.
To the west lies the avenue which was presumably an historic carriage entrance to the castle in a long open and level grassland strip flanked to each side by maturing woodland.
Part of this woodland borders the golf course providing amenity and shelter. In all the property extends to just short of 100 acres and can be broken down to around 30 acres with Gilling Castle to include drive way, amenity woodland, castle, playing fields and gardens. The golf course, part of the avenue and the rookery add another 70 acres or thereabouts. The property is sold freehold by the Ampleforth Abbey Trustees and forms part of title number NYK312468.
We understand that the property will be offered for sale with the benefit of vacant possession upon completion except for the golf course which is let until 2030.
There are believed to be no public rights of way affecting the property with the exception of a footpath running from main street in the village and passing along the length of the eastern boundary of the rookery woodland.
Gilling Castle would be suitable for conversion to a full service hotel, subject to the necessary consents. With conversion of the bedrooms, which were previously used as dormitories for the boarding school, there is also ample space for meeting and event space and food and beverage opportunities. There would also be opportunity to extend the building to offer other uses such as a spa and wedding suites. Externally there are tennis court's a golf course and car parking. Consideration will be given to a Leasehold transaction accompanied by the payment of a premium.
The proximity of the property to York city centre, and the North York Moors is extremely appealing to an operator. York is a strong regional market sitting alongside other cathedral cities such as Cambridge, Oxford and Bath in terms of appeal to both domestic and international visitors. Also the popular towns of Helmsley,Thirsk and Northallerton are within easy reach, as is are the coastal resorts of Scarborough and Whitby.
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This is an iconic building known to many and now is available to buy and create something special for the next thousand yearsEd Stoyle