Approval finally granted to convert Harrogate’s Alexa House into home


Last updated Apr 28, 2022

A plan to convert a Victorian guest house in Harrogate into a family home has been approved.

Alexa House on Ripon Road was sold last year for an undisclosed sum by former owner Sandra Doherty.

Ms Doherty, who owned the property for 15 years, sold the bed and breakfast after she stepped down as chief executive of Harrogate District Chamber of Commerce to retire to Northumberland.

Previous applications from Ms Doherty to convert the property were turned down.

She had previously had an application to convert the guest house into seven apartments rejected in January 2021 after Harrogate Borough Council said it would not “contribute to local distinctiveness”.

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Now, a fresh application to change the former guest house has been given the go-ahead by council officials.

The plan submitted by the Architect Design Studio Ltd on behalf of Laura Harvey includes converting the outbuildings at the property into a garage and workshop area and reducing the size of the car park.

Alexa House was built in 1896 by the renowned art collector Baron Conrad Adolphus du Bois de Ferrieres.

It was built as a hunting lodge for its London-based owners to spend time enjoying Harrogate’s spa waters and riding in the nearby countryside.

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