The Mount was a popular area where the well to do of Malton could live in a splendid villa. Claremont Villa was offered for sale at an auction on 19th October, 1874, and advertised in the York Herald, 15 October 1874:
CLAREMONT VILLA, MALTON
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All that Valuable Leasehold MESSUAGE, or DWELLING-HOUSE, known as Claremont Villa, The Mount, Malton, and lately occupied by Miss Masterman.
The House contains on the ground floor Dining, Drawing, and Breakfast Rooms, and Library. On the basement, a good Kitchen, Scullery, and all necessary Out-offices. On the first and second floors are eight good Bedrooms and w.c.; also two small Rooms suitable for Bathrooms. The house is supplied with gas and water, is in first-class repair, and ready for immediate occupation. There is a carriage laid drive in the front. The grounds are well laid out, planted with fine shrubs and good fruit trees, and the whole premises are surrounded with a substantial stone wall. the premises are leasehold of Earl Fitzwilliam for the unexpired term of 92 years, at a ground rent of £2 per annum.