James and Sarah Gawthorpe had a dream, to run a property business together in Yorkshire.
Returning to the county, following a ten-year career in London, the couple invested in a large ‘muddy field’ and set about putting the plans in place to launch Cedar Retreats. From the outset, they were adamant that the lodges would be luxurious and of the highest standard, offering all of the functionality and modern conveniences that can be expected from a more traditional home.
Fast forward five years and with planning for 37 properties on the development, the retreat gives the best of both worlds; the opportunity to work in a beautiful setting or the chance to switch off completely and simply enjoy the surroundings.
Based in West Tanfield, roughly six-miles from Ripon and a short drive from the A1 motorway, Cedar Retreats is accessible and has an abundance of amenities nearby including local shops and pubs. Within half an hour are larger supermarkets and small towns to explore.
Sarah said: “When we came back from London we wanted to start a business. We both have experience of the fast-paced corporate world, so we know how stressful it can be. Holiday homes are increasingly common and the staycation has never been more popular, so a retreat was the obvious choice. Thankfully, we took a risk, but we’ve never looked back. The feedback that we get from our owner occupiers and guests is remarkable and is what makes it all worthwhile.”
Now supported by a wider team, James and Sarah welcome hundreds of visitors who enjoy the luxury lodges all year round.