Where is it and what’s special about it?
The area is walking distance to the town centre, the beautiful Stray parkland and Valley gardens and very near to some of the best schools in the area. Though not officially designated, the area is made up of a select set of streets between two swathes of parkland and has about 1000 homes in total.
Who lives here?
The Duchy is one of those rare areas that seems to have a variety of people living there, due in part to the mixture of homes up for grabs. Among pretty tree-lined roads, is an eclectic collection of large period houses with big gardens for families, and characterful flat conversions with off street parking for young professionals and retirees. The properties in the Duchy were the homes of former mill owners from the Industrial Revolution, but today, remain some of the most aspirational homes in Harrogate.
What Harrogate has to offer?
It’s an affluent spa town where you can still indulge yourself at the historic Pump Rooms, though these days, only the Turkish Bath remains. There’s a superb theatre, busy convention centre and it’s also home to the Great Yorkshire Show. I have to mention that Harrogate has been voted ‘the happiest place to live in the UK’ for three of the past four years! Clearly we’re getting something right…
Eating and Drinking
The famous Betty’s Tea Rooms is located in the centre of town, near to Jamie Oliver’s, Italian Restaurant, CAU and soon to open Gino D'Acampo’s, ‘My Restaurant’, next month. In fact there is an array of restaurants, coffee houses and bars for all tastes. This is due in part to the influx of business people from Leeds and the south who expect a lot of choice and a rich lifestyle from their areas. This also explains the influx of major retail brands.
Fashionistas will love the diverse range of elegant boutiques and popular high street brands. If you’re an art lover or antique hunter, the cobbled streets in the Montpellier Quarter are an absolute must see. There are also specialist furniture and jewellery stores for all budgets.
There are some excellent primary and secondary schools within the Duchy area that have pulled a lot of buyers further into town to be within the catchment area. Harrogate Ladies College is renowned UK-wide.
The A1 is within nine miles and Leeds/Bradford Airport is only 11 miles away. Trains from Harrogate to London take from 2-2.30 hours.