Grade II listed Dowgill House in Otley is sold to a local family

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A GRADE II listed Georgian building in the center of Otley – formerly a bed and breakfast – has been sold as a private residence to a local family.

Dowgill House has been operated by former owners, Tim and Helen Wilkinson, as a B&B since 2008. The guest house is set in a Grade II listed character Georgian building which has been sympathetically restored and well maintained by Tim and Helen, who decided to put it up for sale because they were ready to retire.

They called on the services of the commercial real estate consultant Christie & Co to market the building. It comprises four en-suite bedrooms and three warm and welcoming reception rooms, as well as a two-bedroom owners’ apartment which new owners, Mark and Christina Nithsdale, have identified as an ideal space for a private residence. The local family initially plans to live in the property and possibly plans to reopen the B&B in the future.

Former owners Tim and Helen said: “It has been a great privilege to have been caretakers of one of the oldest and grandest houses in Otley and we leave our miniature stately home in hopefully the, best state in its 270 years Circumstances have created an opportunity for a change of direction and we set out for new pastures with mixed emotions after 12 years at the helm of Dowgill House.

“Selling a Grade II listed Georgian building is not a routine instruction, so we sought the expertise of a specialist agent such as Christie & Co. Alex helped us through a complicated chain of transactions with a calm approach and courtesy and a reassuring understanding of our personal circumstances.”

Alex Rex, sales agent for Christie & Co’s Hospitality team who handled the sale adds: “The property had been on the market with another agent before Christie & Co accepted it. Marketing through our network of buyers generated an offer which led to a successful sale – a great result for Tim and Helen who can now enjoy a well-deserved retirement.”

Dowgill House has been sold freehold, at an indicative price of over £550,000.


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