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An Entrepreneur’s Island Dream

Business opportunity for someone with vision and looking to change their way of life to one on the UK’s only tidal island The Holy Island of Lindisfarne.

Do you have an innovative business idea? Are you looking for a unique location to run it? Do you have the vision to turn your idea into reality?

The Crossman Estate has announced the availability of what is a unique business opportunity for someone to take on a ten-year lease of the stunning Cambridge House in the heart of the UK’s only tidal Island, the Holy Island of Lindisfarne in north Northumberland.

This Grade II listed six-bedroom Georgian property and adjoining cottage is calling out for the right tenant to breathe some life into it and provide an additional service to the island community. So, it you have always wanted to run your own yoga retreat, pottery business, cookery school, or deluxe B&B, in the most stunning and unique location, Cambridge House may have the potential to help you realise your dream.

The house and linked building require sympathetic restoration subject to all necessary planning and listed building guidelines and as such, the rent will be reflected by the investment needed to be made by the landlord. Any interested party must demonstrate a true entrepreneurial spirit and passion for this project and place and must be considerate of this very close-knit island community.

Giving further details as to the opportunity which Cambridge House may offer to someone Andrew Ayre, Trustee to the Crossman Estate, explained why the right project will be a welcome addition to Lindisfarne:

“The development of Cambridge House must be a true meeting of minds. 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.

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. 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.”

For any parties interested in viewing the property and finding out more, open days will be held at the property on Saturday 28th March and Tuesday 31st March between 11am – 2pm.

If you are looking to change your direction in life or your lifestyle, Lindisfarne certainly ticks the boxes and Cambridge House packs a punch in terms of space and facilities available. The main House is a large six-bedroom Georgian property with an attractive stone under slate façade. Adjoining Cambridge House to the west is the two-bedroomed Cambridge Cottage.

Stepping outside you will be greeted by a generously sized walled garden to the front, which could be divided up between the properties, which share a rear access with space for parking. There are also outbuildings which offer additional potential and for storage.

Beyond the garden, the property is set within the heart of the village which is a real hub and hive of activity. As such, any future business should be a buoyant addition to the dynamic of the local community and visitors to the island, but at the same time must not be intrusive or conflictive.

Keen to see life brought back to the property, Holy Island resident Dick Patterson expressed his pleasure at the opportunity on offer:

“I am thrilled to see that a tenant is being sought for Cambridge House as it has been unoccupied for almost a year. I can remember it being run as guest house and in the 1950’s and 1960’s, 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.”

Cambridge House has plenty of history and originally served as a farmhouse. Latterly it was until last year used as a religious retreat by the charity Marygate House, who leased the property for 35 years.

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