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Monday, 23 May 2016

Fancy a medieval gatehouse?

The gatehouse at Bolton Percy.
A medieval gatehouse has gone on the market.

The Grade Two-listed timber-framed Bolton Percy Gatehouse, near Tadcaster, was built in the 15th century and is one of three historic British properties being sold after owner, the Vivat Trust, went into liquidation, last year.

Property consultancy Eddisons is marketing the properties, which have all been refurbished internally to create modern living accommodation. They include the UK’s tallest folly, the 53m, Grade One listed Hadlow Tower near Tonbridge in Kent; as well as a 14th century manor house near Hereford.

The trust, a registered charity and a national building preservation trust, was dedicated to rescuing neglected and dilapidated historic buildings throughout the UK and providing them with a viable new use, as holiday properties. The trust’s directors called in insolvency firm Begbies Traynor last summer however when the charity was hit by financial difficulties.

Abdul Jambo, associate director at Eddisons, said: “Bolton Percy Gatehouse and the other properties are of such a unique and historic nature that we have rarely, if ever, seen anything comparable come to the open market.

“Because of this their values are likely to differ wildly depending on the potential buyers, whether they are a charity or a private enterprise. As such we will be leaving this to the market to decide and are looking to receive offers from anyone interested in owning an incredibly special piece of British history.”

The gatehouse at Bolton Percy has been converted into a fully modernised two-bedroom house after restoration by the Vivat Trust in 2010.

The building originally formed the defensive entrance to the village rectory and a courtyard of medieval buildings. The rectory was rebuilt in 1698 and the outbuildings, with the exception of the gatehouse, were demolished in the 19th century.

The house now includes a kitchen and bathroom and a two-bedroom suite with a sitting and dining area. It also has its own private garden.

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