An historic Swaledale property at the centre of a planning row has been put up for sale with an asking price of £11m.
Planners rejected a proposal to turn Marske Hall into an exclusive wedding venue and aparthotel before the planning inspectorate then dismissed an appeal in March of that decision submitted by the property’s owner, Ian Morton.
The estate has now been put up for sale, with the estate agents advising that the venue would be ideal as a venue for weddings.
The appeal decision came after the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority refused the wedding venue proposal following an outcry among residents in the village over the potential disturbance the scores of guests would cause.
Mr Morton had argued the hall had a long history of hosting events, such as shooting parties, and highlighted the proposed venue could provide an important facility for local residents and visitors.
The estate is best known as being the one-time home of Marske, a stallion linked to 95 per cent of the world’s thoroughbreds.
The estate is listed with Christie and Co.
The sale brochures states: “The sale of Marske Hall and estate represents an excellent and unique opportunity for a hospitality, leisure or residential sector operator or property developer to acquire 24 acres of prime national park real estate offering a wealth of development potential, either from a rental income perspective or from substantial profits derived as an owner-operator.
“The hall itself is currently under conversion to bespoke luxury dwellings, while The Stables are already trading as superb letting accommodation.
“Sawmill Cottage is also approaching completion as stunning holiday lets or private homes, whilst the surrounding estate could be used for a variety of leisure development options including lodges, caravans or camping pods, or could also be used for weddings or outward bound activities, set a beautiful and natural picturesque setting.”
Reacting to the dismissal of his appeal earlier this year, Mr Morton said when he took on Marske Hall his main aim had been to involve residents and councillors in the process of finding a way to bring derelict buildings back to a sustainable future and to bring employment with a new found energy and purpose for the area.
He said despite Marske Hall, Sawmill and Stables having been derelict for anything from 20 to 70 years and a potential £5m investment to date no one had helped him in any way to find a solution.
He added that he had “only met hostility and negativity during the last 4 years”.
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