Spiritual site in Ilkley offers chance for development

Former religous retreat, Ilkleyoffers around £2m

Myddelton Grange, Ilkley, which is being marketed by Lambert Smith Hampton

This former religious retreat is in almost four acres of grounds and sits in a prime rural spot above Ilkley with spectacular views of the moor.

Myddelton Grange, which is being marketed by Lambert Smith Hampton, offers opportunity for residential redevelopment and the chance to create one or more “Grand Designs”.

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Owned by the Diocese of Leeds since 1923, a new 15,000 sq. ft retreat with 24 bedrooms was built in 2002. There is also a separate 2,500 sq. ft staff house with a further six bedrooms plus parking for up to 16 cars.

These buildings date from 2002 though there has been a retreat on site since 1923.

Kevin Anderson, Property Administrator at the Diocese of Leeds, said: “The spectacular rural location of Myddelton Grange made it popular with Catholic Schools across North

and West Yorkshire. Visiting children learned about the Catholic faith while enjoying

games, countryside walks and team-building activities. Rather than providing these one-off retreats, the intention is now for the Diocese to develop and extend its Youth Services programme directly into schools, offering equal opportunities to all children.”

The site is just off Langbar Road, one mile north of Ilkley town centre and is set within 3.87 acres of picturesque grounds, overlooking protected parkland and the Wharfedale Valley. The site neighbours the mid-16 th century, Grade I listed Myddelton Lodge, along with a small number of other private dwellings.

These buildings date from 2002 though there has been a retreat on site since 1923.

Richard Corby, Director at LSH, said: “Ilkley is a highly sought-after area and development opportunities such as this, within the Green Belt just outside the town, are very rare.

“Myddleton Grange offers a superb opportunity for a potential purchaser to create a truly

unique development in a stunning location within the Yorkshire countryside. There are many options. The buildings could be converted into a care facility or training or conference centre, subject to formal planning consent being obtained. Alternatively, there is the chance to redevelop the premises into one stunning home or a small residential development.”

For further details on the sale contact Lambert Smith Hampton, Leeds, tel: 0113 245 9393, www.lsh.co.uk.

*Ilkley has a rail link to Leeds, easy access to the countryside and a wealth of amenities.