Little Mill, Smelthouses, Harrogate, HG3
An historic detached former rope mill in a superb setting, revealing spacious four/five bedroom accommodation which has been sympathetically modernised whilst retaining its unique character with the original mill wheel intact. Set within wonderful gardens adjoining the fell beck in a peaceful rural setting yet within easy reach of Pateley Bridge, Harrogate and Ripon.
Little Mill is a particularly attractive detached property with a fascinating history and an enviable location at the side of a bridleway in glorious Nidderdale countryside, in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Originally part of a rope making complex, Little Mill has been skilfully converted to create a comfortable family home, the interiors are sympathetic to the building's history with the mill workings on display and the original water-fed wheel a focal point in the reception hall. The gardens feature a pond and stream running through, where the water supply for the mill originally travelled from the nearby bridge.
The spacious and versatile accommodation is accessed from the front by a part-glazed timber door leading to a spacious and welcoming reception hall with solid oak flooring, glazed wall onto the mill wheel and feature internal window. Steps lead down to a well-proportioned drawing room with French doors to the front and glazed doors to the rear, stone flagged flooring, exposed beams and stonework. The impressive bespoke living/dining kitchen has an inglenook fireplace with stone surround and inset multi-fuel stove, there are cream painted kitchen units, a range cooker and integrated appliances, with solid oak flooring and exposed beams, this characterful living space is ideal for modern family living. The boiler room features a wood pellet boiler, silo and additional storage and there is a utility room and guest wc off the reception hall.
To the first floor the landing has a separate entrance from the rear providing further flexibility and there is a spacious sitting room currently used as an artists studio ideal for home working with ample parking for colleagues/visitors, having recently had fibre optic broadband installed (500 mbs), with a stone fire surround and attractive multi-fuel stove, with glazed door leading to a south-facing terrace with wonderful views towards open fields. The master bedroom overlooks the colourful garden and beck and features a modern en-suite shower room, there are three further bedrooms with south-facing views and the house bathroom includes a white suite with bath and shower over.
Externally Little Mill is approached by an impressive stone pillared entrance with wrought iron gates and a gravelled driveway. The front south-facing garden is bounded by a stone wall to the east and has been carefully designed to include a paved patio which enoys the last of the evening sun and outlook across the beck, there is an ornamental pond and established colourful borders with flower beds and shrubs, therefore an oasis of outdoor living which is most private. To the rear the garden is predominantly laid to lawn with a variety of trees, shrubs and flowering borders, together with a patio area, wildlife pond and feature stream, all adjoining the beck to the side with a fence boundary and therefore enjoying a peaceful setting with views to open fields to the west and appealing to buyers with children and pets. There is an outside wc and three storage sheds and greenhouse and from the garden there is access to storage adjacent to steps which lead to a further parking area to the rear of the house.
Pleasantly situated in the small hamlet of Smelthouses, the property is surrounded by superb open countryside and is convenient for local amenities within the nearby villages. There are primary schools in Pateley Bridge and Summerbridge the latter boasts a shop, post office, petrol station/hardware shop and there is a medical centre in nearby Pateley Bridge and Birstwith. The picturesque market town of Pateley Bridge and the fashionable spa town of Harrogate are both accessible and provide more extensive amenities including shops, services, supermarkets and further schooling for primary and secondary ages. There are public houses in the surrounding villages along with restaurants, bars and nightlife in Harrogate plus leisure facilities including sports clubs, swimming pools and leisure centres in both Pateley Bridge and Harrogate. Situated in the Nidderdale Area of Outstanding Beauty, superb scenery is on the doorstep along with natural attractions such as the nearby Brimham Rocks, historic parks and gardens and the Yorkshire Dales and Moors. Little Mill is only a 7 minute walk from the bus top at Low Laithe. For the commuter the A61 and the A59 are both convenient and both provide access to the surrounding towns and cities along with links to the region's motorway networks and business centres.
From Harrogate heading towards Pateley Bridge continue through Summerbridge and into Low Laithe. Leaving the village of Low Laithe turn right just before Knox Manor, as identified by our for sale sign. Follow the road ahead, through the wood until reaching the property which can be found on the left hand side.