The Old Palace is a beautiful hidden gem of a building in the heart of the city centre which is now available ‘to let’ as offices or even as a hotel subject to planning.

Originally built in 1751 for the Bishop of Chester, many may not even be aware of this magnificent grade II* listed building which overlooks the River Dee but has a secluded location behind Chester Civil Justice Centre and is adjacent to St John the Baptist’s Church.

The one-time YMCA hostel was later converted to an office and served as the HQ for luxury travel group Elegant Resorts Ltd, which is now based on Chester Business Park.

When the travel firm moved out, the building was put on the market for £2,410,000 and sold to its current owner, who prefers to remain anonymous.

The three-storey period property boasts an impressive reception area and benefits from many of the original features of the building which have been carefully restored and maintained.

The property provides cellular office accommodation accessed from a central stairwell with solid floors and ceilings.

Externally, the property is set in its own landscaped grounds and provides car parking for more than 100 vehicles.

Vehicular access is from Little St John Street but there is also pedestrian access via The Groves leading directly onto the banks of the River Dee.

Heather Johnston, of Legat Owen, who are marketing the building, said: ‘The property will be fully refurbished to provide grade A office accommodation. Space is available from 2,798–16,990 sq ft and there is plentiful car parking.

‘Whilst the building represents a superb opportunity to have high quality offices in central Chester, with excellent car parking, consideration would be given to alternative uses such as hotel on a subject to planning basis.’

The property is available to let as a whole or alternatively the landlord may consider leasing The Old Palace and The Chapel Wing separately. Rental is on application.

For further details contact: or call 01244 408200.