THE Falcon Manor Hotel at Settle has been sold off an asking price of offers over £550,000.

The Grade II-listed property has 15 letting bedrooms and is set in large grounds which include a bowling green.

Its previous owners tried unsuccessfully to get planning permission to turn the hotel into ten residential apartments.

Remove Code Ltd had its plans to convert the grade two listed hotel into 10 residential units of between one and four bedrooms turned down by Craven District Council in October.

Now its sale has been negotiated by the Leeds office of Colliers International.

The firm’s hotels director, Peter Bean, said: “The Falcon Manor is a magnificent eye-catching Jacobean style property serving the bustling market and tourist town of Settle as well as the wider Dales community.

“The hotel has two bars, function restaurant and 15 en-suite letting bedrooms as well as lovely grounds with plenty of parking and is ideal as a base for touring the Dales.”

The new owner is James Warburton, owner of the Clitheroe-based James’ Places Group of Hotels and Inns.

Its other properties include Mitton Hall and Eaves Hall in the Ribble Valley and The Emporium in Clitheroe.