A former blacksmiths and boys’ school which is now a hotel has taken on an additional role as a provider of equestrian amenities.
Scorton’s historic hotel The Priory is looking to increase its outdoor leisure facilities and build on its existing business.
The hotel already offers guests boutique accommodation alongside a popular restaurant and café bar.
Owners Gary and Julie Lee have been running the business for five years and recently purchased adjacent land which included stabling facilities.
Gary said: “We had been looking at expanding to include overnight facilities for horse riders.
“My wife is involved with horse riding and we are located in an area where it is very popular. We wanted to accommodate those who were looking to take longer journeys.”
The Priory, parts of which date back to 1650, has expanded its services with funding support from NatWest. A network of bridleways runs around The Priory, making it an ideal location for those travelling with horses.
Gary added: “The hotel is popular with people who love the outdoors and we are always looking at ways we can better serve our customers.”
Among the new facilities The Priory is hoping to provide in future is an outdoor boot camp for area fitness trainers.
Gary and Julie were supported by NatWest relationship director Peter Howarth in the purchase of the land.
A total of 20 people are employed at The Priory.