Country house hotel on North Yorkshire coast hits the market for £2.5m

The Dunsley Hall Country House Hotel, situated in the hamlet of Dunsley near Whitby, has come to the market with an asking price of £2.5m.

Originally built in 1900 by Frederick Haigh Pyman, a ship builder whose portrait now hangs in the National Gallery in London, this Victorian property was created as a country retreat for the Pyman family.

The building remained under the family’s ownership until 1949, when the residential estate was split and subsequently Dunsley Hall was converted into a country house hotel in 1995.

Still retaining many of its period features, including the original hand-crafted oak panelling, Inglenook fireplace and stained glass windows, the hotel has been refurbished by the current owner, both internally and externally.

Comprising 27 bedrooms, an 80 cover restaurant, oak panelled bar, library/lounge, and a private dining room, Dunsley Hall is able to host corporate events, family occasions and shooting parties.

Set on four acres of land, the site occupies an elevated position overlooking Sandsend and surrounded by coastal towns and villages including Whitby, Lythe and Runswick Bay.

Purchased in 2014, the hotel has undergone significant investment over the last four years and currently has an average 90% occupancy rate.

Dunsley Hall has now been brought to market by specialist business property adviser, Christie & Co.

Mark Worley, director at Christie & Co, who is handling the sale, said: “This historic, substantial and stunning hotel provides a unique opportunity for an experienced operator to acquire a thriving business in a prime location and to capitalise on the significant investments already made.

“Dunsley Hall presents even more scope to grow via the introduction of weddings, afternoon teas, Christmas parties, spa or pool facilities, plus the addition of further accommodation on the grounds.”