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Holy Rood House
Extension and Refurbishment

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Built during the late 19th century, Holy Rood House is a residential therapeutic retreat. Before the Sisters of the Holy Rood came from Middlesborough in the 1970s it was a school known as Sowerby Lodge. The house has extensive gardens that include an orchard, paddock, labyrinth, herb garden, pond and quiet garden.

We have prepared design proposals and secured planning permission for an extension that would replace the existing entrance connection between the Main House and 1980s extension and create a new counselling suite to the rear. In addition, an existing outbuilding would be converted and extended to form a staff bedsit.

Funding was secured in 2016 to progress some of the proposals to the 1980’s extension. Within this the Chapel itself has been fully refurbished and the existing therapy rooms to the ground floor have been converted into a guest suite specifically for wheelchair users.