Chance to live the island dream on Lindisfarne with unique business opportunity

Crossman Estate trustee Andrew Ayre.Crossman Estate trustee Andrew Ayre.
Crossman Estate trustee Andrew Ayre.
A unique opportunity has arisen for someone who wants to live the island dream.

The Crossman Estate has announced the availability of a ten-year lease of the stunning Cambridge House in the heart of Lindisfarne.

Trustees are keen to find someone with an innovative business idea, whether it be a yoga retreat, pottery business, cookery school, or deluxe B&B.

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Andrew Ayre, Crossman Estate trustee, explained: “The development of Cambridge House must be a true meeting of minds.

The rocky causeway in front of Lindisfarne Castle.The rocky causeway in front of Lindisfarne Castle.
The rocky causeway in front of Lindisfarne Castle.

“After much debate over a suitable solution for its future, the Crossman Estate want to invest in the future of the island through this exciting project.

“We are seeking a creative tenant who can help us to realise the property’s true potential and return it to its former glory.”

The Grade II listed six-bedroom Georgian property and adjoining cottage requires sympathetic restoration which will be reflected in the rent.

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Mr Ayre said: “Any interested party must have their own vision and be prepared to develop this into something original and financially viable for both parties whilst we will provide the financial investment in relation to its refurbishment.

Cambridge House on Holy Island.Cambridge House on Holy Island.
Cambridge House on Holy Island.

“This is a joint commercial venture and one which we hope will make the very best of this beautiful property and setting. In return a long-term lease is offered.”

Holy Island resident Dick Patterson is hoping the offer will prove appealing as the home has been unoccupied for almost a year.

“I can remember it being run as guest house and in the 1950s and 1960s, so personally I would like to see someone take it on and run it as a quality Bed and Breakfast or a small hotel, as this would create employment for the island,” he said.

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Originally a farmhouse, it was most recently used as a religious retreat by the charity, Marygate House, which leased it for 35 years.

Open days will be held on Saturday, March 28 and Tuesday, March 31 between 11am and 2pm.

Interested parties should contact Barbara Huddart on 01668 283044 for further information and to receive an initial questionnaire. This will be followed by an invitation to successful prospective applicants to the open day.