The Spa Chalet, built into Scarborough’s South Cliff, is one of Yorkshire’s most unusual heritage homes and it is on the market.
With some of the best sea views, the property, which was built in 1858, has sparked a lot of interest.
The unique grade II listed building is on the market for £595,000. In Central London the average cost of a one-bedroom flat is £895,000, within the postcode W1.
With five bedrooms, four with an en-suite, and one bathroom, the charming interior keeps with its Victorian exterior.
Edward Hartshorne, director of York estate agents Blenkin & Co, said: “The Spa Chalet has only recently gone on the market but the interest has been enormous with a lot of activity generated through social media.
“It is definitely a one-off, a landmark property on the Scarborough seafront with staggering view north across the bay to the harbour and castle and south to Filey Brigg.
“The interiors, which are utterly charming and in keeping with its Victorian heritage, have been beautifully maintained and incorporate all the mod cons.”
The only detached house on the Scarborough seafront, the five bedroom is a successful holiday let. It has stood at the end of the Spa footbridge since 1858 and wouldn’t look out of place on the slopes of a Swiss mountain thanks to its Alpine design.
The creation of Sir Joseph Paxton, who designed London’s famous Crystal Palace, he also drew up the plans for Scarborough’s Spa.
It is believed the chalet was built at the same time as the Spa Pavilion and was occupied for many years by the manager of the Spa at that time.
It was occupied by the manager until the 1950s when ownership passed to Scarborough Borough Council.
The current owners bought The Spa Chalet in 2008 from Scarborough Council after the death of its long term occupant and tenant.
They have completely renovated it, reclaiming its former splendour and producing a most charming seaside house with an incomparable address.
It features a hipped low pitch slate roof with deeply overhanging chalet eaves with fretted boards. Outside there is a decked balcony.
Part of the very fabric of the town, The Spa Chalet is prominent in the landscape with views across the bay to the castle, the harbour and the famous Scarborough sands.