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Wednesday, October 15, 2023

West Yorkshire castle sold by Savills for over 2m

Dobroyd Castle in West Yorkshire has been sold by Savills to Robinwood Activity Centre Limited. The substantial Grade II Listed property, which came to the market with a guide price of 2,250,000, has been sold by Savills on behalf of the Losang Dragpa Buddhist Centre who occupied the property until September 2007.

The Robinwood Activity Centre Limited provides residential adventure courses in the UK for children aged 8 to 11 years and this sale will open a positive new chapter in the history of an impressive landmark building.

Matthew Jones of Savills in Leeds comments, "We are very pleased to conclude the sale of Dobroyd Castle to Robinwood Activity Centre and that the Castle will be brought back to life with the range of activity that Robinwood will be offering"

Dobroyd Castle comprises an imposing 19th Century Grade II listed castle with extensive accommodation overlooking Todmorden and the surrounding countryside set in approximately 17.5 acres. In addition to the Castle, which comprised approximately 25,000 sq ft accommodation, there were 3 further accommodation blocks with 40 bedrooms, gymnasium, work shops and garages.

Dobroyd Castle was originally built by John Fielden as a "Honeymoon" home for his wife Ruth Stansfield being completed in 1869. The castle remained in the Fielden family until 1942 when it was acquired by the Government and operated by the Home Office as an Approved School for boys. The property remained in educational use under different ownership, until 1989 when the independent Castle School for Boys closed down. The property then stood vacant for 6 years until it was acquired in 1995 by the Monks of the New Kadampa Buddhist Tradition who subsequently established the Losang Dragpa Centre at the Castle offering meditation courses and weekend retreats for visitors.