Historic Dales property restored by estate owners – with pub next on the list

An historic Dales property has been given a new lease of life as part of an renovation programme across a country estate, which could also see a village pub reopened.

Helwith Cottage, which regularly featured in the British TV drama All Creatures Great and Small, is located near Marske in the remote hamlet of Helwith, between Reeth and Richmond.

The cottage sits on the edge of the 7,000-acre Barningham and Holgate Estate, owned by Sir Edward and Lady Milbank.

The estate and its surrounding properties are on an area of grouse moor and wildlife conservation and were built in 1660 by John Hutton, the breeder of renowned 18th century racehorse Marske.

Helwith Cottage was originally used as the racing stable for the horse and was then occupied by the local vicar in the 18th and 19th century.

Lady Natalie Milbank and her husband took over the running of the estate in 2010 and have begun a large programme of renovations to bring the main house and its other properties to a high standard.

Lady Milbank said: “The estate, as a whole, has been in the Milbank family for a number of years (since 1690), so when my husband’s parents decided that it was time to pass Barningham onto the next generation, it was a privilege to take on the next phase of the estate’s life.

“Understanding the importance of tourism in the beautiful Dales, we were keen to continue with our programme of restoring the numerous redundant farm buildings.

“The hamlet of Helwith used to be a thriving community, however as the lead and tin manufacturing activities in the area declined, so did the population.”

The owners were keen to create a contemporary holiday home which was in keeping with its traditional surroundings.

The Dale stone of the property has been preserved, along with the Teesdale stone slate roof.

Julie Winder, senior area manager for Yorkshire at cottages.com, which is letting the property, added: “With its stunning views over to Braithwaite’s Gill, Hurst and Arkengarthdale Moors, Tekfit Moor and Barningham and Holgate moors amid such picturesque surroundings, it’s no surprise the property was selected to appear in All Creatures Great and Small.

“You really do feel like you have just stepped onto the set of the TV series.”

The Milbank Arms, which closed last year, with former landlord Neil Turner. Photo: Guy Carpenter.

Lady Milbank has also started developing the Milbank Arms pub min Barningham.

“Our plans to develop and maintain the estate are never ending.

“We understand we need to preserve the traditional aspects of Barningham and keep up with the standards people have come to expect.

“This is one of the reasons we have decided to proceed with the development of the Milbank Arms Pub.

“We’re hoping to open the pub by summer 2019, encouraging tourists to come to the Dales and providing a place where local people can come together.

“The pub will offer four luxury rooms for people to stay and should these two projects be a success, we are hoping to build another holiday house on a moorland lake, providing 5-star luxury accommodation.”