Yours for just £3.375 million

Esplanade, Harrogate
Esplanade, Harrogate

One of Harrogate’s most exclusive addresses has been sold for a record sum.

The sale of The Esplanade on Montpellier Hill fetched £3.375million, believed to be the Harrogate District’s most expensive residential property deal.

The three houses on a single street at the bottom of Cold Bath Road, has been billed as Harrogate’s “most desired” address.

Multi-millionaire founder of the homeware chain Dunelm, William Adderley from Leeds, had kept the former hotel as a holiday home before deciding to sell it.

The Esplanade sits on a prime site in the heart of the town and includes three properties – Beech Lodge, Beech Villa and Sloane Cottage – as well as garages, enclosed gardens, courtyards and parking.

The properties were divided up and land registry data reveals that Beach Villa and Sloane Cottage sold for £1.7million to Angela Swift, believed to be a Barwick-in-Elmet company director.

The Beech Lodge main house sold separately for £1.675million.

Dacre Son & Hartley’s Harrogate branch manager Simon Davies says: “Overlooking The Stray and sitting opposite Montpellier Hill and the renowned Bettys tearooms, the properties are the most exclusive, attractive period homes in Harrogate and all three combined cover a staggering 13,538 square feet.

“The exceptional quality and attention to detail of the properties is second to none and for the last 150 years, they have been an intrinsic part of the Low Harrogate street scene. It’s therefore been a real delight to have successfully negotiated the sale of these beautiful homes.”

Dacre Son & Hartley marketed the exclusive property around the world and Mr Adderley praised the companies hard work.

Paul Baxter, area director from Dacre Son & Hartley said: “This sale is a real feather in our cap.”

Built in the 1850’s as a model development for the Duchy of Lancaster, The Esplanade has a literary claim to fame - when it was a hotel in 1913, EM Forster was a guest and wrote much of his controversial novel Maurice there.

A seven-bedroomed Victorian Mansion on Beech Grove was the most expensive single home listed in Harrogate when it went on the market for £2.85million in 2013.

This soon looks set to be eclipsed as Swinsty Hall near Blubberhouses has been sold subject to contract after it was marketed for £3.25million by Hopkinsons.