Pinchinthorpe Hall, North Yorkshire, given new lease of life
08 Nov 2017
Award-winning grade II listed former wedding venue Pinchinthorpe Hall, near Guisborough in Cleveland, North Yorkshire, has been leased to a local operator
Pinchinthorpe Hall, which dates back to the 12th century, is a former wedding venue located near to the North York Moors National Park. Featuring six character ensuite rooms, four formal reception rooms, a self-contained two-bedroom flat and 10 acres of land including a paddock, it is surrounded by natural woodland. Its medieval gardens and moat are listed as Ancient Monuments and are noted to be of national importance.
In 1997, local brothers George and John Tinsley took over the hall with the aim to redevelop and refurbish it and open a boutique hotel, wedding venue and microbrewery. The property ceased trading in 2011, however, and has since lain vacant. In 2016, George Tinsley instructed Christie & Coe to find a tenant that would reopen the site.
Mark Worley, director at Christie & Co who handled the sale, said: “As the establishment had not traded for some five years or so, the challenge for any new tenant operator was to start a wedding business from scratch, particularly given the cash flow issues for wedding venues which tend to rely on bookings a year or so in advance. Fortunately, our clients’ background in this field meant that they were sympathetic to this scenario and were happy to offer a rent free period and flexible lease terms to allow any new tenant time to grow their business. We introduced local John Borthwick to our clients and a new lease was signed in late October 2017.”
John Borthwick, who owns a successful marketing and IT business, decided to take a break from office life with a change of career. Excited about the potential of Pinchinthorpe Hall, he commented: “When I first visited the manor house, I was taken by the charm and uniqueness of the building. It just didn’t seem right to have it standing empty and I’m looking forward to getting people in there and bringing it back to life again.
“The business will have two distinct areas; the boutique hotel is to be renamed Manor House Hotel and the microbrewery will be transformed into an 80 cover restaurant named Cliff Rigg. We have some great ideas for the look and feel of the restaurant and have a lot of work to do before the opening in early 2018. I can’t wait to hold our first wedding at the venue too.”