From Generation To Generation

A new chapter is about to begin in the long and proud history of Hareholes Farm Cottage on the Duchy’s Needwood Estate in Staffordshire.  Following an extensive refurbishment project, the building has been restored to its former glory and updated throughout in line with the Duchy’s quality standard and specification.

Hareholes Farm Cottage is a large, four-bedroomed property set in over 9.5 acres. Built in the mid-19th century, it was badly affected by the Faulds Mine explosion in 1944, after which it had to be re-roofed and partially rebuilt. In the intervening years, it was the family home of the Renshaw family for over 40 years, until Mr Renshaw became unable to remain in the property due to ill health.

Over the past year, the property has been fully restored and refurbished, ready to receive a new generation of tenants and play its part in a new family history. Having seen other examples of the Duchy design standard elsewhere on the estate, the Oliver family signed up to a new lease at the very beginning of the project and have been playing an active part in the refurbishment throughout the process.

“We were looking for a family home which combined character and comfort,” said Gary, “and we had been impressed with the quality of the finish on another property that the Duchy had refurbished earlier in the year.  When we knew that Hareholes Farm Cottage was going to be renovated, we jumped at the chance and we have really enjoyed seeing the planned improvement works unfold. We are very much looking forward to bringing this lovely house to life as a family home once again.”

Duchy Head of Rural Christopher Sparrow added: “Part of the Duchy’s role is to protect and preserve historic properties such as Hareholes Farm Cottage and to make sure that a new generation of tenants will want to move in and build their memories here. We know that the Oliver family will enjoy living here and are delighted to welcome them to the Duchy family.”

The Duchy of Lancaster’s Needwood Estate includes around 60 residential properties. For information on properties currently available to let in Staffordshire, please contact Naomi Bloxham on 0115 934 8123.

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The Foulsyke – Scarborough’s Finest

One of the newest Duchy’s tenants in Yorkshire is cooking up a storm, gaining five-star reviews for a farmhouse bistro and bed & breakfast, in the little village of Scalby on the outskirts of Scarborough. Head Chef Keith Cochrane and partners Diane Woff, Brian Tate and Tracey Tate took over the former farmhouse just nine months ago and introduced a licensed bistro and café to the accommodation on offer, rebranding as ‘The Foulsyke’ and building a reputation for fine dining and excellent customer service.

The former farmhouse which sits within a working farm was previously offering bed and breakfast when Keith, Diane, Brian and Tracey took over the lease in early 2015.  They immediately spotted the potential for fine dining in the area and worked closely with the Duchy team to extend the catering facilities throughout the ground floor, adding a restaurant/bistro and fully equipped, commercial grade kitchen. Now The Foulsyke is becoming a byword for clever, innovative cuisine and high quality products sourced from the farm and other local food suppliers.

Commenting on the success of the venture, Duchy Head of Rural Christopher Sparrow said: “The Duchy is always happy to support entrepreneurial tenants who have a clear idea of where they want to take their business and how they’re going to get there. We are delighted that Keith, Diane, Brian and Tracey have made such a success of their business and in such a short period of time. We wish them continued success as they build on this in the months and years ahead.”

Keith Cochrane added: “This is such a wonderful part of the country with so much to offer visitors. We wanted to combine the best of home cooking with contemporary cuisine to develop a bespoke menu for The Foulsyke and that’s what we’ve done. The feedback from diners and those staying with us has been excellent and we would like to thank everyone for their support.”

The Duchy of Lancaster owns a number of cottages, farms and residential properties in and around Scalby and Burniston, many of which are currently being restored and refurbished to the Duchy’s new Design Standard. It also owns a collection of luxury holiday cottages at nearby Scalby Lodge. For details of properties currently under refurbishment, please contact George Wise at Savills on 01904 756300. For details of the holiday cottages available at Scalby Lodge, please visit our dedicated website

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Bosch Becomes Duchy’s Newest Commercial Tenant

Multi-national technology company Bosch has become the Duchy of Lancaster’s latest tenant, taking over 100,000 sq ft of warehouse and office space in the Midlands on a five-year lease.

The modern purpose-built warehouse is in an established location within 1.5 miles of junctions 5 and 6 of the M6 motorway. It became vacant in the summer of 2016 and has been fully refurbished, relaunching to the market as Primus 100 last autumn.

Commenting on the response to the relaunch, Duchy Head of Urban Mike Andrews said: “The launch of Primus 100 attracted significant interest from large corporates looking for office and warehouse space with delivery and transport capability, as well as excellent security services. This is also an excellent location from a logistics point of view, so we are very pleased that Bosch has decided to join the ranks of Amazon, Jaguar, Land Rover and Hermes in establishing an operational base in this area.”

Peter Threadgold, Regional Property of Bosch UK said: “As one of the world’s leading suppliers of automotive components and consumer goods, ease of access is critical to us. The excellent transport and communication links available here, together with the quality and scale of the space on offer at Primus 100 made it a perfect fit for our requirements.”

Light industrial and commercial buildings have been a growing area of focus for the Duchy over recent years with acquisitions of similar properties in Blackburn, Manchester and Liverpool, as well as key strategic locations serving the South of England.

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New Future For Grade II Listed Building in Burniston

A Grade II listed building on Rocks Lane, Burniston has been lovingly restored, updated and refurbished by the Duchy of Lancaster.

Beck Farm has been part of the Duchy’s Cloughton estate since it was built in the late 18th century.  When the property fell vacant, the Duchy took the opportunity to invest in a full-scale refurbishment and renovation, bringing the property in line with its residential design specification.

Every aspect of the property has been investigated and improved to protect the fabric of the building. A new damp proof course has been installed, smart heating and an A-rated boiler to improve energy efficiency. Traditional materials have been used throughout, including new hardwood windows, a new staircase and period skirting. The living accommodation includes four spacious bedrooms, two bathrooms and a large open farmhouse kitchen with range cooker, as well as an airy reception room with stone hearth and wood burner.

The result is a beautifully restored landmark building which combines the character of a period property with all the comfort and efficiency of a contemporary family home.

Commenting on the project, Duchy Head of Project Management, Graeme Chalk said: “In bringing this landmark property back to life, we were really keen to reflect its history and the character of its original design. Working with local craftsmen, we took the building back to its core and rebuilt it using the same heritage materials and techniques. We overlaid this with our high quality design specification and the latest available technology.”

The Duchy has decided to open Beck Farmhouse to the general public to showcase the quality of the finish and the extent of the restoration works completed here. Readers are invited to attend the official Open Day on Tuesday 20th December 2016 (further details are available from the Duchy’s managing agents Savills on 01904 756300.

Beck Farmhouse is part of an ongoing programme of refurbishment works underway across the Duchy’s Cloughton estate. In the last two years, over £2m has been spent in property maintenance, repairs and refurbishment in Yorkshire.

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Duchy Supports Green Energy Production

The Duchy of Lancaster is supporting the construction of a new and innovative green energy plant at its recently acquired Marston Gate Industrial Estate in Swindon.

The UK Government is investing £11m in the development and construction of a state-of-the-art facility in Swindon which uses pioneering technology to transform waste into a green gas called Bio-substitute Natural Gas (BioSNG). The BioSNG, which emits 80 per cent less carbon dioxide than diesel, will be used to power local haulage fleets and will reduce emissions of harmful greenhouse gases by 5,000 tonnes per annum.  This will be the first such facility in the world.

Supported by the Department for Transport, Advanced Plasma Power (APP) will lead a consortium of companies made up of National Grid, clean energy firm Progressive Energy and CNG Services, to deliver the new green energy plant.

Construction is scheduled to begin next year.  To facilitate the project, the Duchy has agreed to permit the necessary structural alterations to existing buildings as well as making additional areas of the site available.

Commenting on the new plant, Duchy Head of Urban Mike Andrews said: “As a responsible landlord, the Duchy of Lancaster is keen to encourage the use of new technologies and green energy sources by our tenants. This new plant will harness ground-breaking technology to help reduce emissions in one of the UK’s key transport sectors, while using waste which would otherwise go to landfill. We are pleased to be able to play our part in making this a reality and will be watching with interest as the new plant comes on line.”

Rolf Stein, CEO of APP, said: “From an economic, environmental and social perspective, this   presents a real triple win. The new technology means that we can produce clean biofuels from waste on a local basis, so as to help reduce the greenhouse gas emissions from both the waste management as well as transport sectors.”

Clare Wenner, head of renewable transport at the Renewable Energy Association, added: “There are very few solutions available to help us de-carbonise the HGV sector, although this is a stated Government priority. The application of really innovative technology such as this is a very encouraging sign that new solutions can and will be found to help achieve this aim.”

Once fully operational, the new Swindon plant will take in 10,000 tonnes of waste from the local area and produce 22GWh of BioSNG – enough to heat 1,500 homes.

The Duchy of Lancaster acquired Marston Gate as part of the Gravity portfolio of commercial and industrial buildings in September 2016.

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