Exceptional eco-friendly lifestyle opportunity just north of York, with established income stream and further development opportunities.
BEST AND FINAL OFFERS TO BE RECEIVED BY 5PM, FRIDAY 8TH FEBRUARY 2019.
Flaxton 1.5 miles, York 9 miles, Heritage Coast 35 miles. (Distances approximate).
20 acres of mature, deciduous woodland
4 all-season lakeside lodges (planning for 2 more)
Stocked fishing lake (2 acres) and smaller lake, with planning for 30 pegs
Planning permission for a lakeside Manager’s House (2500 sq ft)
Planning permission for an amenities building and wind turbine
For sale freehold as a going concern to include business, property and goodwill
Great Wood Eco Lodges, Smith’s Lane, Flaxton, York YO60 7QT
Within this tranquil and sheltered woodland setting there are four fully equipped self-catering holiday lodges surrounded by twenty acres of mature, deciduous woodland. The business has long been run as a rural retreat but there is plenty of scope to expand or diversify. Planning permission is in place to build a large detached lakeside house from which to manage and run the site and business. Under current planning guidelines, construction of the principal house can only take place once the construction of a further two lodges is complete, making a total of six lodges.
• 4 luxury, lakeside lodges with planning permission to build 2 more
• The principal lake lies at the heart of the woodland
• Main and secondary access points to the site
• Excellent coarse fishing
• Mature woodland – largely birch and oak
• Mains electricity and water, with a substation on site
• The entire site is run as a single eco system with low energy use - planning permission has been granted for a wind turbine
• Solid business with scope to expand or diversify
The four luxury, two bedroom, timber-framed lodges are all identical in size and mirrored in layout. They have been built on eco-friendly principles incorporating flax and recycled newspaper for insulation, plant oil-based paints, water conservation and energy saving lighting. Douglas fir cladding has been used on the outside which has been protected with eco-friendly paints so that, the lodges blend into with the woodland environment. Light and airy in the summer, warm and cosy in the winter, they have a galleried roof and wooden oak floors throughout. All the lodges have WiFi.
Business and Marketing
Trading information is available to bona fide parties upon request. We are advised that the revenue for the previous 12 months was circa £58,000, with average occupancy of 49%. Future bookings are £36,000 and rising.
The current owners use Hoseasons to market the Lodges with weekly prices from £385-£725, which shows a series of excellent guest reviews with an average 9.9 out of 10. In addition, the owners have their own website and booking system via www.greatwoodyork.co.uk. The property also has a Facebook page, showing excellent reviews with a 5* rating.
This is the perfect place for holiday makers looking for an escape to the country. Wildlife is abundant, including some forty species of birds, owls, deer, foxes and badger. Although Great Wood is a rural retreat from the hustle and bustle of nearby towns and cities, and far from road noise, the historic city of York can be reached in less than half an hour by car. Just outside Flaxton lie the Howardian Hills, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, with Castle Howard being within a fifteen minute drive. The southern boundary of the North York Moors lies some twenty miles to the north, just beyond Pickering and its heritage railway.
Services: Mains electricity and water. Private drainage.
Local authority: Ryedale District Council 01653 600666
Fixtures, Fittings & Stock
The sale includes most fixtures and fittings within the four letting lodges, the inventory to be included with the sales contract. The agents are not liable in any way for the quality or quantity of the fish stocks, nor any death or disease that may affect such stocks. Purchasers must satisfy themselves as to the quality and quantity of the fish stocks prior to purchase.
The property is currently assessed for Business Rates as “self catering holiday units and premises, plus office” with a published Rateable Value of £13,640. As the RV falls below £15,000 the business currently qualifies for small business rate relief, and hence the current liability is £nil.
Tenure & Terms of Sale
The property is offered for sale, freehold, trading as a going concern to include the business, property and goodwill.
Don’t use the SatNav. Drive through Flaxton past the Blacksmith’s Pub on your right, and over a railway line crossing. Just outside the village at a small country cross road, turn left (single track tarmac road with passing places). After one mile the road bends sharply to the right, but follow the stone track in front. You will see woodland on your left (ignore the gate way just past the pylon). The entrance to Great Wood is about 100 yards along on the left.
Photographs: Summer 2018
NB: Google map images may neither be current nor a true representation