Londesborough Lodge in Scarborough is back on the open market - meaning a nervous wait for the Buddhist charity hoping to create a wellbeing centre at the historic property.
The Grade II listed building, in The Crescent, is up for sale with CPH Property Services for offers over £350,000.
The building has stood empty for a number of years and has attracted attention from Tibetan Buddhist Charity Kagyu Samye Dzong, who have applied for a lease on the building under Scarborough Council’s community asset transfer scheme.
If successful, the charity hopes to be given a long lease on the property and are planning to invest up to £500,000 in creating a wellbeing centre to benefit the community.
The council has made it clear that all offers - either by a buyer or under the community asset transfer scheme, will be weighed up carefully before a decision is made.
Cllr Mike Cockerill, the council’s cabinet member with responsibility for land and assets, said: “We will consider all offers on their merit – this fantastic property deserves to be brought back into use and it is a great opportunity for potential buyers.”
Ani Tselha, of Kagyu Samye Dzong, said: “We’re hoping for a decision by April or May and we’re ready to go.
“Our vision is that the centre will be a beautiful and peaceful place, where people can call in for a cup of tea, relaxation, meditation, or perhaps just to eat their sandwiches in the peace garden.
“It will not be a Buddhist temple. Many people seem to carry that idea, but it’s not the case.
“It’s about supporting people in their own beliefs. Most of the people involved in the project aren’t Buddhists, but are interested in helping create lasting happiness.
“It’s all about happiness, health and wellbeing.”
In the meantime, the charity has delivering sessions out and about in the community, including a recent talk at Woodlands School.
Teacher Amanda Caton said that the children had enjoyed hearing about the project and that afterwards, they took part in relaxation and meditation sessions.
She added: “It was very positive and hopefully Ani will return to do some more exercises with the children.”
The charity has also been working with St Catherine’s Hospice, Ark House, Castle Health Centre, the Cambridge Centre and the University of Hull Scarborough Campus.