Construction will start in the autumn on a Natural Retreats resort of 40 eco-lodges on land leased from Dawnay Estates adjoining the North Yorkshire Moors west of Scarborough.
The Causeway Lake development, scheduled to be finished by next spring, will occupy land near Hutton Buscel, and will incorporate sustainable features such as biomass heating and e-solar glazing.
York-based law company Langleys has been advising Dawnay. Spokesman Simon Massey said: “This is a hugely exciting new venture for Dawnay and an excellent example of rural diversification.”
Says Dawnay spokesman Robert Sword: “Langleys understand the sensitivities of dealing with an estate that has been in the family for over 350 years and the need for the estate to be able to exercise control through the lease, with a light but firm touch.”
The estate began a diversion programme in the mid-1970s, including the development of the Downe Arms, St Helens Caravan Park, Wykeham Farms, Wykeham Mature Plants, Wykeham Lakes, Wykeham Business Centre and the Farfield workshops.