Northern Powerhouse Set to Buy Monk Fryston Hall, near Leeds

Date: May 2018

Location: Monk Fryston, Vale of York, Yorkshire, UK

Name: Monk Fryston Hall, currently 3 star

No. of Keys: 30 and 30 acres of parkland, woodland trails and gardens

Seller: Dating back to the 12th century, Monk Fryston Hall was originally home to the Benedictine monks from nearby Selby Abbey. It later boasted its own private zoo.

It was acquired by Geoff Davies and Sharon Mason in 2013, advised by Christie & Co.

Buyer: Northern Powerhouse Developments, the Yorkshire-based hotel and leisure developer has exchanged contracts on the Grade II-listed property. Once completed, the purchase will take the number of UK hotels owned by NPD to 14.

The group plans to give the three-AA-star property a multimillion-pound renovation and add it to its Manor Collection.

The hotel will remain open throughout the planned rolling programme of renovations, which include upgrading the bedrooms and existing terrace restaurant, building a new luxury spa complex and refurbishing its two large function rooms.

NPD chairman Gavin Woodhouse said: “Monk Fryston Hall is a beautiful property in the heart of Yorkshire and we are really delighted that we have been able to move forward with the purchase.

“This has been an incredible year already for NPD. Our model has always been to search out properties of architectural heritage and real beauty and Monk Fryston Hall has that in abundance.”

THPT Comment: NPD clearly think they are Accor of the North (not quite), but buying hotels like topsy! well done…this is a little cracker.

First Seen: The Caterer