Dales property and holiday cottages business for sale with ‘try before you buy’ option



A restored Victorian Yorkshire Dales farmhouse, with separate luxury holiday accommodation included, has been put on the market with an unusual ‘try before you buy’ offer to prospective purchasers.

With an asking price of £1.25m, Wigglesworth House near Settle and its two holiday cottages have been lovingly renovated by their current owners, Tony and Amy Wroe, who have lived in the main house for almost a decade.



The two holiday cottages, jointly, provide an annual income of around £45,000 and the two and three-bedroomed properties have been awarded the highest, five-star gold rating by the Yorkshire Tourist Board. Mr and Mrs Wroe are offering potential buyers with a serious interest in the property the opportunity to spend a night in one of the cottages and experience for themselves Wigglesworth’s unique character and location.

Set in stunning countryside between the Yorkshire Dales National Park to the east and the Forest of Bowland to the west, Mr and Mrs Wroe said that they originally fell in love with the property because of its panoramic views of Yorkshire and Lancashire.

Mrs Wroe said: We first came up here on a beautiful summer’s day and were immediately captivated,”  “It would have hardly mattered what the house itself was like because we knew immediately that we had discovered a very special place and that we would buy the property.

In a labour of love, the Wroes restored and extended the farmhouse, Wigglesworth House, which dates back to 1881, as well as converting a barn close to the house to luxury holiday accommodation and adding a new-build second cottage. Using local materials and labour, and constructed to the highest specifications, the whole project took the couple three years to complete.

The cottages have become a favourite with visitors touring the Dales, the Ribble Valley and the Lake District, the highlights of which are just an hour’s drive from Wigglesworth – or an hour and a half’s train journey up to Carlisle on the Settle-Carlisle railway. A handful of celebrated restaurants are nearby, including the Inn at Whitewell and the Devonshire Arms at Bolton Abbey, while both Leeds and Manchester are within easy reach, an hour away by car or train.

Toby Cockcroft of Croft Residential, which is marketing the property, said: The properties are all immaculately presented, oozing character and charm and set in the most spectacular countryside. It’s hard to imagine the beauty of the views and the wow factor of all three properties without experiencing them, and so we hope that a night’s stay here will cause a potential buyer to fall in love with Wigglesworth


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