A grade II listed former Magistrates Court located in the heart of a thriving market town. This is a unique opportunity to purchase a property which has been converted to provide a wonderful atmospheric home and is also a proven successful business as a venue for weddings, parties, photoshoots and a wide range of other exclusive events. The deeply impressive gothic-style, castellated building has immense scale and the flexibility to become a base for a home and business limited only by the imagination of the new owners.
Designed and built in 1842 by Leicestershire born architect Charles Kirk and Booth and Walker who were renowned builders of the time. This period saw the height of grandeur in Victorian architecture. The Sessions House was designed as the seat of law and order for Lincolnshire and South Holland as the area was then known. Every aspect of the building is detailed to impress and to consolidate the legal authority of the period and place.
The current owners bought The Sessions House in 2016 and have been very clever in crafting a beautiful and substantial home within the building while retaining all of the original features of the 180-year-old Courthouse and Magistrates’ Room including original wooden panelling, flooring and Magistrates chair. The owners and the building itself have become a respected part of the local community, opening the doors of The Sessions House for various local events. The local council have also been supportive of the current owners plans and vision and are committed to “the continued conservation and sympathetic renovation of The Courthouse which is an essential part of Spalding life”.
The current presentation of The Sessions House offers a substantial residential apartment in the lower parts of the court with marvellous bedrooms being created from former interview rooms and cells. A wonderful kitchen has been designed to cater for both family and for commercial events. Rooms adjacent to the Court have been refurbished as a bar room, a photography room, dressing area etc. On the ground floor a beautiful courtyard area links directly to the Courtroom via a gilded staircase.
There is potential for guest or staff accommodation to be created from space currently occupied by the family. There are also some extraordinary yet under-utilised rooms throughout the building which could be converted to provide high end hotel accommodation (subject to consent and planning). These areas include the two tower rooms which are both of a good size and would make unique and desirable guest accommodation.
The current owners have built a successful brand which is well known in the area. New owners could continue to develop that brand and create a versatile and very attractive venue able to host and accommodate a range of events and activities while also providing a characterful and comfortable family home.
The Sessions House sits in a great location with easy access to Spalding train station (5 minutes’ walk) with good connections to the north and Lincoln and Kings Cross to the south less than 1hour 40 minutes. The main A16 swoops around the outside of the town and links quickly to Peterborough and then on to the A1(M).
Spalding is an attractive market town known in the past for its sheep market. Today it’s the home to a good variety of independent and chain retail stores. Pubs and local amenities are all nearby.
**There are no business rates - as eligible for small business rates relief**
The Sessions House, Spalding, Lincolnshire, PE11