Property of the Day: Crown Spindle Mill, Embsay

This spacious property in the Yorkshire Dales comprises three separate buildings

THE PROPERTY: Encompassing three separate buildings – Crown Spindle Mill, the Engine House and the Cottage – this property has a fascinating history, having been taken over by The Crown during the Crimean War for the manufacture of bayonets, later used to pack cotton and tobacco, and finally turned into a centre for making shell cases during World War One. The property was converted in 1975 and has benefited from multiple improvements under its present ownership for the past 20 years.

THE LOCATION: Situated in Embsay, a small village in the Yorkshire Dales National Park, the property lies about two miles north of Skipton and enjoys lovely countryside views.

THE INTERIOR: The collection of buildings is full of historic character, having retained its original cast iron water wheel, stone mill chimney, exposed beams, trusses and timber floors. The main house offers six spacious bedrooms, with four more spread across the two cottages, and has a charming period living-room featuring a hand-carved stone fireplace, traditional wallcoverings with dado rails and exposed oak beams, floor-to-ceiling book shelving, a wide mullioned window and French doors leading out into the garden.  

WHY WE LOVE IT: There enclosed rear gardens are delightfully private and have been beautifully planted with flowers, trees and shrubs. There is a covered barbecue area and a patio for alfresco dining, making it the ideal space for entertaining guests, who could then be comfortably accommodated in one of the two cottages if not let out to tenants.

BUY IT NOW: £975,000 (with the option to buy the Mill alone for £750,000) with Hunters

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