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Miller's Retreat

Bedale, North Yorkshire
Sleeps 6
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms 3
Change Fri
No Dogs
5 star
Waterside views
Complex of properties
Open fire / woodburner
Internet access
Pub nearby
Shop nearby
Family friendly
Towels included
Travel cot available
Highchair available
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At a glance

  • Contemporary cottage sleeping 6 across 3 bedrooms
  • Enjoy the convenience of a pub within walking distance
  • Nestling on the river banks of Crakehall Beck offering a truly tranquil location for an escape
  • Set beside a lovingly  restored corn mill with tours upon request
  • For a true experience of traditional Yorkshire Life, visit  the near by market towns of Bedale and Leyburn
  • Richmond is only 10 miles away and hosts a beautiful Norman castle,  the ruins of Easby Abbey, interesting museums and plenty of place to eat and drink
Property code: G0095

Contemporary cottage sitting on the river banks of Crakehall Beck in a sleepy, picture-postcard village within the Yorkshire Dales, well-appointed to visit pretty market towns and their quaint attractions.

This spacious and contemporary three-bedroom cottage nestles on the banks of Crakehall Beck in Little Crakehall, a picture-postcard Yorkshire Dales village. Set beside one of the few working flour mills in the country (run by the cottage owners), with a private terrace looking out towards the Beck and the fantastic landscapes of Wensleydale and Nidderdale just a few miles away, it's an idyllic spot for a relaxing country break.


The layout of the interior is designed to maximise the lovely view of the water, so the sitting room is on the lower ground level, opening out onto a large terrace with a bridge over the stream. This sunny open space is also the dining area with the kitchen down here too. Throw open the patio doors and have your breakfast with the sound of birdsong and the gentle lapping of the water as a backdrop.


Back upstairs to the three generous bedrooms, two of which have super king-size beds that can be made up as singles, ideal for families or groups of friends with various sleeping arrangements. The third bedroom has a king-size bed. All of the bedrooms are also en-suite, two with a shower and the third featuring a bath with shower overhead. Each bedroom feels luxuriously roomy and with a classic colour palette used throughout, they feel peaceful and calm, the perfect combination for an excellent night's sleep.


Outside, there are several seating areas, the first is the large terrace by the patio doors, there is also a sheltered spot alongside this where the garden furniture sits. Head up the external stone steps and you'll find a third little patio, just outside one of the bedrooms. Wander over the private bridge to the rear of the cottage and along the banks of the Beck. It opens up into a lovely open green space with meadows and trees all around. Take a picnic and enjoy the slow pace of river life. Head up in the opposite direction and a public footpath across the fields takes you through open countryside. Or simply stroll up to the village green, have a drink at the friendly pub and settle down to watch the cricket team battle it out by the large manor house.


Miller's Retreat can also be booked along with Miller's Croft to accommodate larger groups of up to eight people.


  • 2 super king-size bedrooms (can be made up as twins) and 1 king-size bedroom
  • 1 en-suite bathroom with shower over the bath and WC, 2 en-suite shower rooms with WCs
  • Oven, hob, toaster, washing machine, microwave, fridge freezer, dishwasher
  • Outside space with seating overlooking the river
  • Traditional wood burner
  • Electric and heating included
  • Ample off-road parking
  • LCD TV
  • Wi-Fi included
  • Regret no pets
  • Pub nearby
  • MP3 docking station
  • DVD player
  • The property can also be booked along with Miller's Croft to accommodate larger groups of up to 8 people
  • Game fishing within10 miles
  • Storage for cycling
  • Webber Charcoal BBQ
  • Near to Wensleydale Creamery, Thorp Perrow Arboretum

The cottage is located in Little Crakehall, just outside the market town of Bedale. It is set in a unique heritage site with a historic working watermill which has featured in various TV programmes and films, including the BBC's Countryfile series. The village itself is very pretty, a large green is overlooked by the manor house and the pub, and there are a cricket ground and a children's park in the centre of the village. The walk to the village green from the cottage is a pleasant 5-minute stroll across the river.

Beyond the village, the handsome town of Bedale is worth a visit. Stop for a coffee before making your way around the town's antique shops. In the opposite direction, you'll find Leyburn (8.5 miles), an archetypical slice of Dales market town life where traditional shops, pubs and cafes all gather around a handsome town square, which hosts a busy market every Friday. Leyburn is also home to the biggest auction centre outside of London if you fancy picking up a bargain. The nearby town of Richmond (9.5 miles) is similar in many ways and has a lovely setting along the River Swale.

There are lots of other pretty villages and stunning natural sights all within close range of the cottage. Aysgarth Falls and Bolton Castle are both within 16 miles and the picturesque villages of West Burton and Askrigg are under 20.5 miles, so lots of choices for things to do if you want to get out and about. If walking is your thing, the Yorkshire Dales are something of a walker's paradise.

This property is personally managed by Rupert.


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Reviewed by S 14th February 2020

Millers Retreat is a fabulous, comfortable and cosy cottage in a great location to explore the beautiful villages in this gorgeous part of the country. Nearby Thorp Perrace and Fountains Abbey are well worth a visit. The freshly baked loaf made with the flour milled at Little Crakehall was delicious with the damson jam for breakfast. If you fancy aRead more full English breakfast then A Pinch if This is worth a visit in nearby Bedale. We will definitely return to the cottage again. Hide

Reviewed by Sheila 27th December 2019

We have had another fabulous stay at Millers Retreat, our third. It is such a beautiful home, gorgeous fixtures and fittings, very comfy beds, and very lovely hosts. Highly recommended.

Reviewed by Ian 1st November 2019

Beautifully furnished and equipped to the highest standard, great location and owners really friendly and helpful, could not do enough for you to make sure everything was perfect. Highly recommended you will not be disappointed, if you book this property.

Reviewed by Albert 2nd August 2019

We enjoyed a great holiday at Miller's Retreat. Alison and Lionel were so very welcoming and friendly, the cottage is beautiful and well equipped. Luckily we hit a warm spell so sitting on the terrace overlooking the mill stream was a very popular pastime. The location is ideal for visiting the Yorkshire dales and we had an excellent stay. ThoroughRead morely recommended and well worth its five stars. Hide

Reviewed by Roy 7th June 2019

This property has everything you could wish for, beautifully designed and furnished to a high standard, great location and a warm welcome from the owners, highly recommend this property.

Reviewed by Denise 3rd May 2019

Fabulous cottage - Alison extremely helpful. Would highly recommend

Reviewed by Angela 29th April 2019

Beautiful cottage, lovely location, with wonderful hosts. Would recommend.

Reviewed by Jan 29th December 2018

Had a fabulous Christmas week at Millers Retreat. Delightful cottage in a lovely location and ideally situated for trips to our favourite spots. Perfect for us - two couples and a toddler - but equally ideal for 3 couples. Wouldnt hesitate to recommend for a holiday at any time of year.

Reviewed by J 5th December 2018

This a beautiful immaculate cottage with every conceivable extra provided by the lovely owners Lionel and Alison and the Victoria sponge was lovely! Thanks for a great stay.

Reviewed by Jeanette 28th October 2018

Miller's Retreat is a beautiful cottage.Lionel & Alison make you so welcome & nothing was too much trouble.It felt like home.A perfect holiday!

Reviewed by Jacky 14th October 2018

It was a pleasure to stay in such a beautiful cottage. Very comfortable and well equipped for our party of 3 couples. Alison and Lionel made us very welcome and were perfect hosts.There is a little shop nearby and a very welcoming pub around the corner. Lots of lovely local walks and plenty of places to visit without having to travel far. We all Read morethoroughly enjoyed our stay at Millers Retreat. It's 5?s from us! Hide

Reviewed by Ruth 29th September 2018

Beautiful clean & well equipped cottage. Settled in straight away. Really easy to travel to many of Yorkshire's villages and tourist attractions. The village of Crakehall is very pretty and has a friendly local pub. Would definitely stay there again.

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