Glasshouses Mill.
Nick Hill

Historic Yorkshire Dales mill to be transformed into residential scheme

A historic mill building situated village of Glasshouses in Nidderdale, Yorkshire Dales, is set to be transformed into a residential development.

Conversion specialist, Newby purchased Glasshouses Mill to turn it into 40 modern homes in the heart of the Yorkshire Dales.

The scheme is to offer a combination of three and four bedroom town houses, two bedroom properties and two and three bedroom apartments that cater for all buyer groups.

Thought to be the site where glass was made for the great Fountains Abbey in 1387, Glasshouses Mill was officially documented as a corn mill from 1812. As corn production declined, the building converted to a flax mill with various extensions between 1836 and 1844 and employed over 400 people at its peak.

In 1899, the building was converted to hemp spinning and rope making and it is the local understanding that the mill made rope for the RMS Titanic.

More recently, the building has been used for a variety of businesses before Newby secured a joint venture partnership with a Pateley Bridge resident who has owned the mill for 46 years.

Newby is already on site preparing for the conversion and expects to complete the first phase by Autumn 2018 with a sales launch later this year.

Nick Moody, Newby co-founder, said: “This an investment close to my heart. I grew up in the area and live just a few miles away and had often passed the mill with great aspirations to convert it.

“The site owner wanted to secure the future of the mill with a safe pair of hands and recognised that we have the credentials and local knowledge to preserve its future in the right way.

“Glasshouses is only a 30-minute drive to Harrogate and just one mile from Pateley Bridge which won best UK village high street last year. It really is the most idyllic place to live at the gateway to the Yorkshire Dales and the building itself is right on the River Nidd with sensational views.

“We expect to sell properties quickly since many of the units will be affordable to the first-time buyer and young professionals market, supporting those that are perhaps leaving the family home but want to stay in the area.

“The development is also an ideal retreat for people working in Harrogate, Ripon and even Leeds and provides a selection of stunning family homes.”

Glasshouses has its own primary school and village square and The Michelin starred Yorke Arms is also close by.

Newby was set up in 2008 by the former directors of city living business, City Lofts. The company specialises in transforming redundant heritage buildings into prime residential space.

Harrogate property agent Nicholls Tyreman will be marketing the scheme. James Tyreman said: “We are delighted to be the selling Agents for what will be one of the most exciting developments in the Nidderdale valley for a very long time.

“It is such a rarity to be involved in the redevelopment of an unspoilt stone built Yorkshire Mill of this nature, and to be able to market these exclusive homes with so many original features, and such beautiful surrounding countryside is exciting.”

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