Richmondshire village pub goes on sale on Facebook

The Traveller's Rest in Skeeby.

A village pub which has been shut for more than ten years has been put up for sale on Facebook.

The Traveller’s Rest in Skeeby, which closed in 2008, is on the market for £220,000.

The sale details state: “7th Century stone Public House. The pub has been closed for 10yrs and during this time the property has undergone a significant amount of major refurbishment, requires internal 1st & 2nd fix to suit end user.

“A very unique and desirable property approx 1 mile on the outskirts of Richmond.”

Owner Jon Whitfield, from Euro Property Management, who has posted the details, has previously applied for permission to the convert the building into a house.

The application was rejected by the district council’s planning committee.

Mr Whitfield appealed the decision, but this was also rejected by a planning inspector in 2017.

Local villagers have discussed buying the building and reopening it for the benefit of the local community.

A parish council meeting in February heard plans were being prepared to raise £150,000 through a public appeal to create a community-owned asset, as has happened with pubs elsewhere in the district.

Members of the Skeeby Community Pub Society (SCPS) and district councillor William Heslop have met also met with district council chiefs to discuss a potential compulsory purchase order of the building.

For details on the pub sale click here.

For Skeeby Community Pub Society click here.