Loyola Hall goes on the market
The Jesuits in Britain have this week put the former retreat house Loyola Hall on the market.
The Grade II listed country house in Rainhill, South of St Helens, was built by businessman Bartholomew Bretherton in 1824. The house and 17.2 acres of grounds were sold to the Jesuits in 1923 and used as an Ignatian retreat centre until 2014. The decision to close Loyola Hall was taken in the light of the reduced number of Jesuits available to operate large institutions. Residential Ignatian retreats are still offered at St Beuno's Jesuit Retreat Centre in North Wales.
During the last two years Loyola Hall has been used in partnership with Camelot for residential use by people who also agree to act as guardians of the property. The Diocese of Liverpool has had time to consider if a future local use could be found for the hall.
Treasurer of the Jesuits in Britain Br Stephen Power commented, “The decision has now been taken to sell Loyola Hall on the open market. Realisation of the asset will provide resources for our pastoral and spiritual ministries in the north west and around the country.”
Loyola Hall is brought to market by joint agents Lambert Smith Hampton (‘LSH’) and Stanton Mortimer.
Robert Diggle, Director at LSH’s Liverpool office, commented: “Loyola Hall has a stunning facade and grounds, an excellent location and represents a unique redevelopment opportunity. Whilst the site is subject to some restrictions, the local council is keen it is sensitively redeveloped in a way that will benefit the local economy and wider population.”
For more information, please contact Robert Diggle, LSH, on 0151 236 8454 or Michael Blake, Stanton Mortimer, 0191 261 0300.