Couple to unveil first flats at former hotel

A HUSBAND and wife team will unveil the first of 14 contemporary apartments to the public at the renovated historic Linton Springs Hotel later this month.

Jude and Bernhard Palmer of Palmer Developments (North) Ltd are busy with preparations for the launch of their open day on May 29 and 30, with interest already mounting ahead of the project being completed later this summer.

The 20,000sq ft hotel has been converted into two and three bedroom apartments, likely to be put on the market for between 400,000 and 700,000.

The Harrogate-based couple specialise in renovating character buildings and they have seen their business grow from since they began buying and refurbishing properties as a hobby.

Jude Palmer said the apartments would be ideal for people in their early 50s, those looking to downsize or homeowners buying a second house.

She said: “We know how important the building is to many local people, as well as people who have travelled from afar to attend either a wedding, or to have a meal in the Gun Room. Everyone I speak to seems to know someone who has been there.

“We are sure people will be delighted with what we are doing with the building and the apartments.

“We understand and enjoy property and that is the reason we do it. We relish the challenge of renovating beautiful buildings into elegant living spaces.”

Husband Bernhard added: “We are really looking forward to bringing back to life, a building that is a piece of Yorkshire history. It is our most ambitious project to date.”

The once-fashionable Georgian hotel has been closed for more than four years but was bought for an undisclosed sum from its owner, former La Locanda restaurateur Franco del Buono, last year.

The sale followed earlier expansion plans which caused concern among nearby residents and members of the Linton Village Society.

The show apartment will be available to view by appointment with Fine and Country estate agents.