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Glasshouses Mill incorporates historic features to create standout properties

Features such as original stone stairs, vaulted redbrick ceilings, restored beams, the historic clock tower and even the original turbine cog within certain properties within the mill.

Grade II listed Glasshouses Mill in the Nidd Valley can trace its history back hundreds of years. It is currently undergoing a careful renovation by North Yorkshire property developer Newby into a stunning collection of 32 luxury family homes, apartments and cottages. 

Situated in the village of Glasshouses, just one mile from Pateley Bridge and 12 miles from Harrogate, the mill sits directly on the River Nidd, alongside the picturesque Glasshouses Dam. The mill has always been a significant part of local history, dating back to the 1700s when it was a corn mill. It employed hundreds of people producing cotton and flax, and then made rope and camouflage netting during the World Wars. By the end of the last century it was empty and at risk of going derelict.

The redeveloped mill is based around the spectacular central courtyard, with a range of two, three and four-bedroom homes and one, two and three-bedroom apartments. Each is individually designed around the features of the historic building, maximising original stonework, exposed beams and heritage windows, seamlessly blending together the historic, rural setting with the best of contemporary living.

Some of the properties have additional unique historic features, which give a nod back to the mill’s former life. Two currently on the market include:

Plot 8 – The Crownwheel Turbine

This three bedroom, three bathroom ground floor apartment has an enviable view of the River Nidd – but it also has a fantastic talking point and feature within its open plan living area. The apartment is home to a historic Crownwheel turbine cog which goes down into the original fourneyron turbine which sits beneath, dating back to the 1850s. The water wheel it would have turned, once the most powerful in the country, is no longer resident but has been restored by the National Trust and is now fully operational at Quarry Bank Mills in Styal, Cheshire. Plot 8 is on the market for £345,000. 

Plot 13 – The Clock Tower

Over the years many additions were made to Glasshouses Mill, but its central range, with the iconic clock tower, is one of the oldest surviving parts. Plot 13 includes the fully restored, working mill clock. Set over three floors and with two bedrooms and two bathrooms, the property also includes an original red brick barrel vaulted ceiling and the tower’s original stone steps – which thousands of mill workers will have used over the centuries. Plot 13 is on the market for £395,000.

Help to buy is available on all the properties at Glasshouses Mill. The show home at Glasshouses is open to view by appointment only and virtual viewings are also available, by calling 01423 326336 or emailing

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