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Published by Correspondent Matthew Neville on 10 Aug 2022

Property developer Neil Cook has secured more than £2m funding and completed the acquisition of Holgate House on Holgate Road in York in a deal that will transform the building into eight luxury self-catering apartments.

Planning has been approved to convert the commercial property into residential lettings with permission granted for basement leisure facilities that will include a sauna and steam room.

The project is scheduled for completion by Easter 2023 and will form part of Neil’s luxury property portfolio, Chateau Anna, which includes three holiday lets across the city of York, each designed with a “touch of French style”.

Almost £1m has been allocated for the redevelopment of the building and Neil has appointed Box Architects in Leeds and Collis Quantity Surveyors to oversee the project. Interior design will be headed up by Lucy Seddon of Helston Street Interiors who is creating apartments that “bring together luxury with rustic charm, and elegant nods to York’s heritage”.

Featuring “opulent” bathrooms by Bert & May, and “state-of-the-art” kitchens by The Main Company, the development will offer a sophisticated home away from home experience.

Neil Cook explained: “This is a really exciting step forward for us, and we’re delighted to be in a position to bring this empty building back to life. The property will be sympathetically restored, preserving the traditional period features whilst injecting a modern feel with the interior design.

“It will be a great addition to York’s hospitality scene, whilst honouring the heritage of the building and the beautiful setting of York.”

Holgate House, set in 0.7 acres, was built in the 1850’s and according to the 1891 and 1901 census returns, was home to Henry Tennant. At the age of 18, Henry joined the staff of the Brandling Junction Railway on Tyneside, where he soon became Chief Clark.

As part of the transformation of the building, Holgate House will be renamed Railway House as a fitting tribute to its heritage. The building remained a private house until 1933 when the York Educational Settlement, a Quaker adult education institution, took over and remained until 1976.

Railway House will include two three-bed apartments, three two-bed apartments and three one-bed apartments each boasting their own living area, diner and kitchen. The redevelopment of Holgate House forms part of Neil’s wider expansion plans for Chateau Anna, as he continues to gain investment for future growth.

By Matthew Neville – Correspondent, Bdaily

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