The Old Wheelhouse is a truly unique, historic and romantic two bedroom apartment to sleep 2 – 4 in a stunning setting in West Burton.
Wake up to the wonderful sound of a waterfall outside your bedroom. Open the curtains and see uninterrupted views of Walden Beck tumbling through a 500 year old pack horse bridge into a pool that is perfect in Summer for wild swimming. In Winter, admire giant icicles forming on the waterfall - all from the warmth and comfort of this spectacular apartment. Tastefully modernized, the large old mill windows enable residents to view the changing Nature around them from the privacy of their own comfortable space.
The owners have retained many of the original features including exposed stone walls and ironwork and complemented them with stone flagged and oak floors, sheepskin and antique rugs, leather sofas and old oak chests. All furnishings have been individually chosen to reflect the colour and feel of the surrounding Dales: green, dark reds, slate, wood and wool all give the impression of the outside and inside blending together.
Entrance is by four stone steps that lead over a flagged veranda and through double doors into a wide panelled hallway. To the left is a loft style, open plan kitchen, dining and living area with a rich oak floor, double aspect windows, and leather sofas. Also off the entrance hall is a spectacular double height bedroom with super king-sized zip and link bed, huge double aspect windows overlooking the waterfalls, beck and moors beyond. Copper lights hang from the old mill workings, antique rugs adorn the flagged floor and luxurious furnishings make this a room you won't want to leave. Adjacent to this bedroom is a panelled bathroom with flagged floor, bath, shower, washbasin, toilet and yet another incredible view to the waterfall. To the far side of the living area a door leads to another very stylish bedroom with open views of the river and dales, a lovely king size oak bed, exposed stone walls and old prints of the local waterfalls by Turner when he stayed in Wensleydale.
The Mill is set off to the lower end of the village of West Burton by the beautiful Cauldron Falls, giving the benefit of privacy whilst only a two minute walk from the village with its pub, shops and historic village green. It is surrounded by ancient woods, moors, streams and wildlife. There are footpaths from the doorstep leading up through wildflower meadows or sledging in winter making this an ideal area for those wanting to get away from it all.
Price £365 - £658 per week.
West Burton, acclaimed by many to be one of the most beautiful villages in England, rests snugly in a deep sheltered valley at the juncture of Walden Dale, Bishopdale and Wensleydale. Nearby, high fell sides rise steeply to form a spectacular setting to this most picturesque of dales villages, and on climbing can give unrivalled panoramas of the surrounding dales and distant views of the Vale of York and North York Moors.
Walden Beck skirts the village and descends over rocky outcrops in a spectacular waterfall with deep pools and minor cascades held in a tree lined gorge to form a natural arena of beauty and relaxation.
The village surrounds an expansive green centred by an ancient market cross and, because of its position away from the main traffic routes, still offers traditional rural tranquillity. This is particularly true of the green where, here and there, small bench seats prompt social rendezvous and easy conversation.
It is served by a bus route and is ideally placed as a base for exploration of the dales and fells whether on foot or by car. There is no need, however, to travel for the basics in life as West Burton contains a pub, butchers shop and general store/tearoom.