A historic landmark in North Yorkshire has been acquired by a local family-run business with backing from HSBC UK.

Sneaton Castle, on the outskirts of Whitby, has been purchased by Cross Butts restaurant and hotel owner John Morley, who has plans to transform the site into a new ‘luxury’ hotel and wedding venue.

Former dairy farm owner John established Cross Butts after his dairy farm was impacted by ‘foot and mouth’ disease.

After years of rebuilding the farmyard premises, including the renovation of a farmhouse and outbuildings, the family decided to diversify into the high-end restaurant and accommodation market.

Sneaton Castle is the family’s second property and their most ambitious project to date.