Brignall Mill, near Barnard Castle, is an 18thC watermill. It is situated in a dramatic gorge carved out by the River Greta through Teesdale,
a beautiful rolling landscape of sheep pastures divided by ancient
stone walls and, on the tops, open moorlands. The Mill stands in
an idyllic spot within the old North Riding of Yorkshire, bordering the
Yorkshire Dales National Park and the North Pennines Area of
Outstanding Natural Beauty.
The Mill is set remotely near the moor and
is absolutely tranquil. Our nearest neighbour is the sheep farmer
half a mile away and the only noise in the Gorge is the rush of the
river and the sounds of hawks, owls and pheasants.
The Mill is well equipped for cosy nights at home,
with a wood burning stove, games, a full size HD TV and videos. A
comfortable bed-settee can extend the accommodation. From the window
there are direct views to the River Greta. The living areas
incorporate the mill machinery, waterwheel and grindstones, making it
an unusual place for a holiday. An oak and granite fitted kitchen
contains all appliances and there is both a family bathroom with
generous bath and power shower en suite. Sleeps 4/6
We are 10 minutes from the historic market town of
Barnard Castle with a very good bus service to Darlington on the East
Coast main line. With easy access
to the trans-Pennine A66, the Lake District at Keswick, the North
York Moors and Hadrians Wall are only an hour or so away.
We are committed to making a historic building sustainable for the
future. A micro-hydro electric scheme, a heat pump, solar panels and
woodburners have been installed to make the Mill warm and comfortable
while being nearly self-sufficient in power.
The Lady, The Guardian Worldwide Green
Travel Guide 2010 (top billing), Yorkshire Post Newspapers, Northern
Living amongst others and featered in The Guardian's Great British
Walks Summer 2009
......and some of our recent guests' comments
"It was great - never seen a house like it"
"Magical, enchanting, somewhere to forget the world outside"
"Beautiful house, lovely accommodation, fantastic location & great hosts"
"I could not think of a better place than the Mill to have spent my 60th birthday"
"Second stay here, decided to come for our mini-honeymoon and it was perfect..."
The nature of the Mill building makes it
unsuitable for children under 11 and anyone with a mobility or visual
impairment. There are steep staircases, stone steps and drops as well
as voids with old machinery and low lintels. Our ancestors did not have
a well developed sense of health and safety and although we have made
the structure as safe as possible there are limits when preserving the
integrity of an old industrial building.