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Little Wonder gallops to success

The historic sporting links of a landmark pub in Harrogate are to live on after it was demolished to create a collection of 14 stylish apartments, with half already sold.

After breathing new life into the site of the former Little Wonder Hotel – one of two pubs in the UK named after the racehorse which galloped home first at 50-1 the 1840 Derby – developers have won their own race to name the complex “Epsom Court”.

Homebuyers are already jockeying for position after the new-build development was launched to the market earlier this month, with no fewer than half the properties already sold off-plan.

The development is the latest Harrogate project undertaken by Yorkshire-based Ashtree Fine Developments, which acquired the empty building after the pub closed and attempts to revive it as a restaurant failed.

It had been a feature of the junction at Skipton Road and Ripon Road for more than a century.

Epsom Court is being marketed through the Harrogate office of Linley & Simpson

Valuation manager Nick Rowlands-Ridley said:

We are witnessing a resurgence of interest in new-build properties across Harrogate District and this development is a good example as to why.

Over and above its design and competitive asking prices, the development holds plenty of appeal for homebuyers. Its location is within walking distance of the town centre, it has private car parking and there is soon to be the added convenience of a new Tesco store being planned opposite.

Epsom Court is a fitting name for the development, honouring the site’s famous sporting links to the past as it prepares to enter a new and exciting era as residential accommodation.

The development remains in the course of construction. When completed, it will offer 14 newly-built apartments over three floors. Those plots still available range in price between £170,000 and £182,500.

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