IF YOU were looking to sum up Yorkshire in just one building then Crown Spindle Mill would be a pretty good choice.

Not only is it an 18th century former cotton mill that harks back to Yorkshire’s place at the heart of both of the Industrial Revolution and the textile industry, but it is nestled in a picturesque valley in the heart of the Yorkshire Dales, with breathtaking views over the surrounding countryside.

Inside Crown Spindle Mill all might not be as you imagine if you judge a book by its cover!

Crown Spindle Mill has had a varied past, first being used for the original intention of manufacturing cotton and then for the packing of cotton and tobacco during the World War II. In the 1960s it fell into disrepair before new life was breathed into it with a conversion in 1975.

But that’s by no means the end of its story because a more recent – and substantial – programme of restoration and renovation works to the mill and various buildings associated with it has resulted in the creation of the thoroughly modern family home that stands today.

Ideally suited to multi-generational living, Crown Spindle Mill includes not only the main residence but also an impressive two bedroom, two bathroom apartment within this which benefits from its own private entrance but could seamless flow into the main accommodation if preferred.

The property also includes a separate one-bedroom holiday cottage called The Engine House which offers accommodation set over three floors. Both this and the apartment are currently run as successful holiday lets.

The main residence extends to just over 4,400sq.ft of accommodation, with spacious rooms designed to emphasise the building’s heritage.

This includes the kitchen and dining room with a unique eye catching feature – the spectacular glass-encased original mill wheel. Standing some 30ft tall, historians believe the wood and cast iron water wheel was most likely originally on the outside of the property, but there can be no denying it makes a fantastic talking point situated where it is today.

The contemporary kitchen is equipped with high-end appliances and has ample storage space plus a central island perfect for entertaining guests. The kitchen area seamlessly flows into the dining room, creating a versatile space for both intimate gatherings and larger social events.

Also on the ground floor is a guest bedroom with en-suite shower room, a study which could easily double as a further bedroom and the spacious sitting room with a beautiful feature fireplace. This room is flooded with light thanks to the large glass wall and windows looking out across the garden.

There is also a stone flagged conservatory for which the vendors have had plans drawn up to convert into a garden room with terrace above serving the upstairs sitting room. These plans are available by request.

The first floor is home to an impressing living room with a log-burning stove and windows looking out over the gardens and open countryside beyond, and the master bedroom suite with dressing room and en-suite bathroom.

The carefully integrated two bedroom, two bathroom Sunny Bank apartment also sits on the first floor, complete with a beautiful open-plan kitchen and sitting room and it’s own private entrance.

Upstairs again on the second floor are two further generous bedrooms, both with en-suite bathrooms, making ideal accommodation for guests or teenagers who want a bit of privacy.

Crown Spindle Mill sits in a discrete position, approached by a private driveway leading to off street parking for several cars. The house looks out onto a beautiful walled garden planted with well-stocked borders, and a large patio perfect for alfresco dining.

The garden leads down to a circular seating area with central firepit which offers views down to the river below. At the end of the garden is an impressive stone chimney which is part of the original mill.

Alongside retaining the property’s original integrity and striking period features, the vendors have ensured that Crown Spindle Mill boasts excellent eco credentials which include three air source heat pumps and fully insulated walls and floors. There is also scope to run hydro-driven power from the beck running underneath the mill.

“This is a real slice of history, beautifully restored and updated by the current owners to create a true statement home in a magical spot,”said agent Ed Stoyle – and he’s not wrong!

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Although Crown Spindle Mill enjoys a private setting it is less than a mile from the popular village of Embsay and two miles from Skipton.

It is on the market at a guide price of £1.65m.

For more information or to arrange a viewing, please contact the York office of Savills on 01904 617800.