The Wheelhouse

Barton, Yorkshire Dales (Ref. 21956)

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Cottage features

  • Ground floor bedroom
  • Open fire
  • Smoke-free
  • Cot available
  • Highchair available
  • Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
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The property

A most unusual and unique former wheelhouse, sitting on the village green alongside Barton Beck in the pretty Dales village of Barton, just 8 miles from Richmond.

Fully renovated, this charming semi-detached Barton cottage, built in the early 1800s, still retains many original features of the former wheelhouse and was used to inspire the picture entitled ‘The Refuge’ by Rodney Matthews.

The features include a spectacular beamed ceiling, and parts of the original workings, which all add to the immense charm of this Barton cottage.

This cottage in Barton features an open plan living area with a modern well-equipped kitchen, dining area and sitting area with comfortable double sofa bed, woodburning stove and 3D television, all tastefully furnished with contemporary styling.

A ground floor master bedroom with en-suite facilities and a TV, a modern bathroom and a first floor bedroom with 'secret window' overlooking the main living room all combine to create something a little bit different in this Barton cottage, which is ideal for a small family or for a romantic break.

Enjoy a stroll along the nearby stream, visit the nearby Roman ruins, or, for the more energetic, take advantage of the many walks available in this attractive area including the renowned Teesdale Way, just a mile from the cottage.

A short drive away is the fascinating market town of Barnard Castle, with its cobbled streets, quaint alleyways, The Bowes Museum of art and of course, its dramatic castle.

Beautiful Raby Castle, the National Railway Museum, Richmond and the High Force waterfall are also nearby.

With the Northern Dales and the Lake District waiting to be discovered further afield, this charming Barton cottage has much to offer!


Two bedrooms: 1 x king-size double (limited headroom), 1 x ground floor super king-size double (zip/link, can be twin on request) with TV and en-suite basin and WC. Ground floor bathroom with bath, shower over, basin and WC. Open plan living area with kitchen, dining area and sitting area with sofa bed and woodburning stove.


Electric central heating with woodburning stove. Electric cooker, microwave, fridge, washer/dryer, dishwasher, 3D TVs with Freeview and 3D Blu-ray, DVD, 2nd TV, iPod dock, radio/CD player, small library of books/games. Fuel, power and starter pack for woodburning stove inc. in rent. Bed linen and towels inc. in rent. Cot and highchair on request. Roadside parking adjacent to cottage. Sorry, no pets and no smoking. Shop and pub 2 mins walk. Note: Due to a beck next to the property, please ensure children are supervised at all times. Note: There are sloping ceilings and limited headroom in the first floor bedroom.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas

Guest Reviews


    • “A lovely compact place to stay”
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    • “A lovely two bed converted cottage. We stayed with a young couple who had a 6 week old baby and the facilities were excellent. The downstairs bedroom had it's own toilet and basin the upstairs had a low ceiling and we all had to share the downstairs bathroom. The village shop was close at hand and had everything you needed, but with Richmond and Darlington about 6 miles away other shops were available, also the coast was only 45 minutes away. Only one minor problem no WiFi of mobile phone signal available in the cottage.”

    Wilmslow_People, Wilmslow Cheshire, May 2015

    • “Charming and Quirkey”
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    • “We have just returned from a fantastic week staying at the Wheelhouse. The cottage has been renovated to a high standard and has everything you need for your stay. The owners had left a welcome pack which was unexpected but a lovely gesture. My son was thrilled with his chocolate bunny and my husband and I loved the chocolates. The cottage is in an ideal location to explore North Yorkshire. I would highly recommend a visit to Fountains Abbey, the Countryside Museum and Bolton Castle. We did go to Whitby but I found it to be very commercialised and extremely busy but it was the Easter break and therefore this was to be expected. The Yorkshire Dales are so picturesque and the views are breath taking and we will definitely be returning. I would highly recommend this cottage.”

    Bev0212, Dolgellau, United Kingdom, April 2015

    • “Beautiful house right by a stream”
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    • “We stayed at the Wheelhouse with our two young sons. The house was immaculate, very clean & all the things you normally forget were provided in the house. We went for a lovely walk around the village & our son brought his fishing net for the stream. Very handy having shop & pubs so nearby. We didnt want to leave, it had such a nice feel abou it.”

    A F, Manchester, United Kingdom, March 2014

    • “Outstanding. Everything you could ask for in a cottage”
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    • “Easy to find and an ideal location for us to tour the yorkshire dales and surrounding area. Cottage had everything we wanted in a rental cottage. Comprehensive welcome book which had everything in it regarding the property and what to do with rubbish!! There were also some fantastic pictures of the renovations of the Wheelhouse and the amount of work that went into making it the wonderful place it is. A very peaceful location and we would definitley go there again. Loved coming back to the cottage after a days hiking. Also loved the chair which you could put a USB stick into and would play your own music to chill out to (nice touch). Could find no faults with this property at all, everything needed was there.”

    Manu-girl22, Surrey, August 2013

    • “A quirky cottage in a quintessential English setting”
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    • “We used the Wheelhouse as a touring base for North Yorkshire and Northumberland and found the location ideal as it is close to the A1 and A66. There was everything we needed in the cottage to provide a home from home with more than enough room for the 2 of us. The view from the lounge window was idyllic, with a stream, a ford and a weeping willow and the neighbours were friendly and a good source of local information about walks etc.”

    Julie H, Pontefract, United Kingdom, August 2014

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    • “The Wheelhouse is an exceptionally good cottage - very kind owner who obviously took pride in it.”

    Mrs Cole, Wilmslow, May 2015

    • “This property is perfect to get away and relax, whilst also being in easy distance to travel to the local tourist attractions and areas if required.”

    Mr Holloway, Doncaster, May 2015

    • “It was a stunning cottage that was extremely cosy and just what we were looking for. The upstairs bedroom was the nicer of the two but not really for tall people. We used it anyway as it had the secret windows! It was well thought out with a welcome pack and everything you would need in a short stay away. We would definitely return to this cottage.”

    Miss Blackwell, Oakham, October 2014

    • “The cottage was in a lovely location, was very clean and comfortable and very well equipped. We would have liked to have used the wood burner as I suspect it would be very warm and cosy, however we were very lucky and had sunshine all week so we didn't need it. The addition of the small welcome pack and a box of chocolates was very welcome after the long journey, and although we didn't use the washing machine or dishwasher, all the cleaning products were there for our use.”

    Mrs Peters, Rochester, September 2014

    • “Ideal position to tour around Yorkshire and Northumberland. Very comfortable place to come back to of an evening. Well appointed property, very well converted.”

    Mr Barry, Faversham, August 2014

    • “The location on the village green was idyllic. The ford outside the door was such a beautiful feature, particularly as the weather while we were there was so good. The quirky style of the building, and its heritage, made it a really interesting home away from home.”

    Mrs Hollings, Pontefract, July 2014

    • “This property was perfect for my 89-year-old father, my sister and I. It has been renovated to a high standard while keeping some of the original features. Having the ground floor bedroom with toilet en suite was perfect for my father. I liked the upstairs bedroom with its unusual layout, and my sister only came for 3 nights, so the sofa bed was perfect for her. It was very well located, beside the pretty stream with its weeping willows and on the village green. The village of Barton was well provided for, with the shop/post office and 2 pubs. Its proximity to the A1 and A66 (Scotch Corner) was excellent in terms of exploring the area and the nearby historic market towns, castles and museums. All the local people we met were friendly and welcoming. The owner was very helpful in asking us what our requirements were, and in providing information beforehand.”

    Mrs Milligan, Stirling, April 2014

    • “Just a lovely setting for the cottage. The cottage showed the love that had gone into renovating it. It was so comfy, and so well equipped. No complaints whatsoever! Delightful.”

    Mrs Watson, Abingdon, March 2014

    • “Stunning cottage; was blown away by the whole setup; the owners left a folder full of useful information about the village and local pubs. Really couldn't have asked for a better holiday cottage, 5 star!”

    Mr Gunn, Preston, December 2013

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About the location


Richmond 8 miles.

The attractive and peaceful Dales village of Barton is situated in lovely rolling countryside, just a few miles to the north of the popular market town of Richmond. Barton has a lovely village green, a stream winding its way through the village, two local pubs, a village shop and a Post Office. Nearby Piercebridge is renowned for its Roman heritage, which dates back to around 70 AD. The Piercebridge Roman Fort Site, a recognised ancient monument, forms part of the region’s Dere Street Roman Trail, a celebration of the rich Roman heritage still to be enjoyed in the area. Forming part of the Teesdale Way, and within easy reach of the Cleveland Way, this walker’s paradise provides an excellent base to explore this delightful Dales area including nearby Swaledale and Weardale, with many bridleways, footpaths, cycle trails and lovely riverside walks available. Local attractions include the magnificent Raby Castle in nearby Staindrop, the Bowes Museum, York’s National Railway Museum, Durham Cathedral and of course the delightful market town of Barnard Castle. Nearby Richmond grew up around its castle set high above the River Swale, with panoramic river views. Within Richmond, narrow streets and alleys radiate from the cobbled market place (which has a weekly market and monthly farmers’ market) and there are numerous shops, pubs and restaurants to enjoy. The Georgian Theatre is one of the oldest surviving theatres in the country with visitors enjoying its regular productions all year round. An ideal location for exploring all of Swaledale, Teesdale and the Yorkshire Dales.

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