Scarborough’s iconic buildings are up for grabs

Scenesetter'Hares Leap on the A165, and below, the Clifton Hotel
Scenesetter'Hares Leap on the A165, and below, the Clifton Hotel

SOME of Scarborough’s most iconic buildings are still up for grabs as the property market freeze refuses to show any signs of thawing.

Hares Leap, on the A165 coastal road near Burniston, is on the market for lease.

Clifton Hotel.'Exterior pic.'113138a. Pic Kevin Allen.'04/08/11.

Clifton Hotel.'Exterior pic.'113138a. Pic Kevin Allen.'04/08/11.

The property, owned by the Duchy of Lancaster and made famous by a visit from the Queen last year, includes a farm shop, catering kitchen and cafe within a converted barn.

Described as an “exceptional rural business opportunity”, the property also includes a range of outbuildings and 6.5 acres of grassland.

The business joins a long list of other Scarborough businesses aiming to find a buyer during austere times.

The Royal Hotel, in St Nicholas Street, is also on the market after the company behind it, English Rose Hotels Scarborough Ltd, collapsed in August.

It is famous for welcoming stellar guests including former Prime Minister Sir Winston Churchill and actress Gwyneth Paltrow.

Colliers International, who are overseeing the sale, said the 118-bedroom building was a “wonderful example of the classic 19th Century resort hotel in the grand style with its columned entrance, unforgettable main staircase, and elegant public rooms.”

Another Scarborough hotel - and fellow former English Rose business - the Clifton Hotel, is also available for offers.

The 70-bedroom hotel, in Queen’s Parade, where , where famed First World War poet Wilfred Owen came to write, is now also run by administrators and is also on the portfolio of Colliers International, who add the building is an “impressive and imposing detached hotel in a prominent location overlooking the North Bay.”

Read’s Hotel, also in Queen’s Parade, is on the market with a guide price of £350,000.

The 24-bedroom hotel was immortalised in 2009 when it was used as a backdrop in the film, The Damned United, which focused on Brian Clough’s brief, turbulent tenure as Leeds United manager.

It is advertised by Feather Smailes and Scales property auctioneers as a going concern with a six-month trading season.

The company is also looking after the sale of a mixed commercial and residential property in Falsgrave Road, which includes Robinson’s hardware store and a second floor flat.

It is on the market for £260,000.