THREE brand new holiday homes were unveiled at Sewerby Hall last week in a special opening ceremony attended by architects and council officials.
The refurbished lodges, which cost £250,000 overall to convert, are located in the Grade II listed former gate house to the estate and another building close by and have been renovated in a way that is sympathetic to the rest of the estate.
The new holiday homes are the first in a number of significant changes which will occur at Sewerby Hall in the coming months as the estate prepares to benefit from a £2.4million heritage grant this autumn.
That investment will be put into re-establishing the historic interior of the Hall, developing new areas in the zoo and converting some of the outbuildings for new uses.
Opening the new holiday lodges, Chad Chadwick, Chairman of East Riding of Yorkshire Council, said: “The letting of these properties will allow an income stream to be developed to safeguard and maintain the properties into the future, saving revenue costs and allowing these valuable historic assets to be a vibrant part of the Sewerby Hall Estate once more.
“Martin Burnhill and his team at the Hall are reporting a good measure of bookings for the lodges and this before all publicity is fully in place.”
Coun Richard Burton, portfolio holder for Culture, Information and Civic Wellbeing, added:”We are all very impressed with the quality of the improvements, and I’m sure they will do well.
“They are a wonderful addition to Sewerby Hall and in the current financial climate they will bring in some much needed revenue.”
The two and three bedroom cottages, called Oak, Beech and Chesnut, are light, airy and fitted with modern amenities, and are a great addition to a growing number of good quality holiday lets available locally.
Simon Button, one of the architects behind the new cottages, said: “It is always a challenge doing old buildings, the ones at Sewerby Hall are listed and that means we had to work very carefully to minimise damage.
“The team that worked on these lodges were also behind the work done at the Spa a few years ago and we are all really pleased with how this project has turned out.”