North Wales mansion up for auction after council closed site last year

A mansion that was closed as an outdoor education center last year is now up for auction.

Marle Hall, off the A470 at Llandudno Junction, was first built in the 17th century by Sir Hugh Williams, 5th Baronet, of the Williams Baronets of Penrhyn, but was later extended and refurbished.

In 1898 it was used as a convalescent home, but in 1971 the property was purchased by Warwickshire County Council who operated it as an outdoor learning center offering residential trips and courses for school children of the English county.

However, they closed the site in October to the fury of Warwickshire children and parents.

It is now on the market with Savills and will be auctioned next month.

Savills said: “A unique opportunity to acquire an imposing Grade II listed Georgian building of approximately 16,608 square feet (GIA approx), close to Snowdonia National Park and with views across the Conwy Valley.

“The 3.6 acre plot comes complete with an outbuilding, a Grade II listed cottage and a mobile classroom. The main house is arranged over a basement, ground floor and two upper floors with use C2 and last used as an outdoor learning center since 1971. There is potential for alternative uses, subject to required consents.”

During the pandemic, all residential outdoor education centers were closed for more than a year, spelling the end for a number of private and charitable establishments.

Five centers in Wales have closed and a number of council-run facilities have come under ‘critical review’.

It has a guide price of £400,000 and will go to auction on March 2.

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