Grade II Listed Cottage Restored and Re-Let

Working closely with the Conservation Officer of Scarborough Borough Council, the Duchy of Lancaster has completed its latest refurbishment on the Cloughton Estate in Yorkshire. The double-fronted period cottage at 25 High Street has been fully renovated to the Duchy’s own design guide and quality specification, creating a spacious and comfortable family home in the heart of the village.

The property was previously let to long-standing tenant Mrs Elsie Barlow who sadly passed away last autumn after having lived in the property for over 50 years. Neighbours at 45 High Street were regular visitors during recent years, providing lifts and helping out with shopping.

In the early stages of the refurbishment, they applied for and secured the tenancy. “We have always liked the house and we were eager to take it on ourselves” one said . “It has been beautifully refurbished and updated so I can only hope that we will be as happy in this lovely cottage as Elsie was.”

The Duchy of Lancaster developed its own Design Guide and Quality Specification in 2016 to ensure a consistent quality standard across its rural residential portfolio. In the past 3 years it has refurbished approximately 50 properties in line with the design guide.

Commenting on the project, Duchy Head of Rural Christopher Sparrow said: “Restoring a Grade II listed building always present challenges so we are very careful to retain as much of the building fabric and character as possible. At the same time, we appreciate that all of our properties need to offer a standard of comfort and quality that today’s tenants have the right to expect. We are delighted to be able to welcome a new generation of tenants to this lovely cottage.”