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Willow Garth House

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Willow Garth is a beautiful Grade II listed house dating from circa. 1875 set in 25 acres in the pretty village of Great Smeaton in the heart of North Yorkshire. Formerly the water tower and stables to Great Smeaton Manor, this outstanding holiday home has been lovingly created by owners Vanessa & Graeme.

Set over three floors, Willow Garth affords wonderful views out to the spectacular countryside all around. The thoughtfully designed interior by Vanessa, provides ample space to gather with family and friends, it also includes intimate spaces too for when you want to steal away and enjoy some quiet time just for you.

The farmhouse kitchen is spacious and enjoys wonderful views across the fields, it is a cook’s dream, with a four oven Aga taking centre stage. The sitting room is well appointed with comfy sofas, an elegant room, with an open fire. Just off the sitting room is a separate games room, perfect for keeping everyone entertained. The kitchen and sitting rooms both lead out to a lovely courtyard with a seating area and large hot tub, there’s also a BBQ for al fresco suppers. The private garden with summer house and pond provides further outside space to enjoy.

With six beautifully furnished bedrooms and bathrooms to retreat to at the end of a day spent together in this wonderful holiday home, what could be better.

Willow Garth is surrounded by open countryside with expansive lawns, private gardens and with beautiful views in all directions, escape the everyday, a Beautiful Escape for everyone to enjoy.

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Drive through the tall gates where a long driveway, flanked by paddocks either side, leads up through woodland to Willow Garth, you may even catch a glimpse of the family’s beautiful horses.

As you approach the house the former Water Tower is a spectacular feature, externally it stands tall with an air of importance surveying the house and land, internally, it provides a sense of mystery with staircases leading off in different directions, perfect for games of hide and seek.

Willow Garth is the perfect place to get together, whether you’re having a family reunion, celebrating a special occasion or enjoying a holiday. From the moment you arrive at the house, surrounded by open countryside, you know that this is a very special place to BE.



Living Space

The sitting room is off the main hall and has an open fire, beautifully furnished with plenty of comfy sofas and armchairs for relaxing and with views out to the countryside beyond it is a wonderful room for gathering everyone together at the end of a busy day spent exploring all that glorious North Yorkshire has to offer.


Games Room

From the sitting room there is a large games room, with table tennis, table football, TV and games to keep everyone entertained, this room also has a spiral staircase which gives private access to bedroom 4.



Kitchen & Dining

There is so much to enjoy at Willow Garth, but one of our favourites is the kitchen, it is well appointed, with a four oven Aga taking centre stage, while the large island makes cooking up hearty breakfasts and tasty suppers a cook’s delight. Emma Bridgewater fans will love Vanessa’s extensive collection of crockery that adorns the dresser, adding pops of colour to the farmhouse feel of the kitchen, not forgetting the vast kitchen table, perfect for gathering and catching up on the day’s adventures.


Leading off the main staircase are four bedrooms:

Bedroom 1 – Large king size suite with sleigh bed, dressed with beautiful linens, this room enjoys a dual aspect with views out across the fields. There is a bathroom too with roll top bath. There is a door providing secondary access to bedroom 4.

Bedroom 2 – Spacious king room with sleigh bed and dual aspect with views across the fields. The chaise longue is perfect if you want to sneak away for a quiet moment with a good book. Dressing area leading to the en-suite with roll top bath.

Bedroom 3 – Twin bedded room with a wonderful full height window looking out over the front lawn, there is also a useful vanity basin.

Bedroom 4 – Reached by a spiral staircase from the games room or via bedroom 1. This is a pretty room with double bed, en-suite bath and countryside views.

Bedroom 5 – Follow a private staircase up to the top of the tower to this twin bedded room with en-suite shower room.

Bedroom 6 – Is a hidden gem, through a secret door in the rear hall a staircase takes you up to this lovely room with super king or zip link bed, en-suite shower room and beautiful views across the gardens.





In front of the house is a large lawned area to enjoy, in addition, opposite the paddocks, is a private garden with a pond and summer house, the perfect spot for a picnic afternoon tea. From the kitchen and the sitting room is an internal courtyard with plenty of garden furniture and a BBQ for al fresco dining. There is a large hot tub here too, perfect for soothing any aching muscles after a day out exploring the Yorkshire countryside.

Good to know

Ample parking on site

The owner lives on the Estate

Horses are kept on the Estate

Stabling for one horse by request

Supermarket – Northallerton, 10 minutes drive

Pub – Black Bull Inn, Great Smeaton Village, short walk from the house

Restaurants – Northallerton, 10 minutes drive

Any external suppliers e.g. Chef, must be agreed in writing prior to your stay


First floor

King size sleigh bed


Roll top bath, shower over



Double bed

Connecting door to Bedroom 1

Separate staircase


Roll top bath, shower over



Twin beds

Vanity basin

King size sleigh bed



Roll top bath, shower over



Second floor

Twin beds





Super King Bed

Zip link – can be twin






Ground floor






Situated equidistant between the Yorkshire Dales and North York Moors, the opportunities for exploration are endless. These include a day at the races at one of the many local courses, including Thirsk, a family trip to the unique Forbidden Corner at Middleham, a trip to a country house such as Newby Hall, Kiplin Hall and Castle Howard, or a round of golf.

The restored Victorian resort of Saltburn, plus the pretty beaches and coves of Runswick Bay, Sand’s End and Robin Hood’s Bay, along with the town of Whitby, are all within one hour’s drive away.

The local market towns of Bedale, Ripon and Thirsk are a short drive with the historic city of York just under an hour away.

Excellent rail links, Northallerton station is on the main east coast line from London to Scotland and it’s just a short 20 minute train ride to the historic City of York.