It looks like a fairytale castle now fabulous Farnhill Hall is for sale

Historic Farnhill Hall is for sale with fairytale charm and woodwork by the Mouseman

Farnhill Hall near Skipton

Farnhill Hall is for sale at £1.25m with Knight Frank. It has fairytale charm and woodwork by Robert "Mouseman" Thompson. Here's the inside story:

Historic house enthusiasts Chris and Audrey Whelan were planning to downsize when they spotted Farnhill Hall, near Skipton, was on the market. They could not resist the considerable charms of the Grade I listed manor house that looks like a fairytale castle.

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The magnificent views were another big pull, as was the location, which is close to Skipton and the Yorkshire Dales with easy access to the train station at Cononley and its services to Leeds. The result is that they upsized from their 4,000 sq home to the 7,224 sq ft property, which has benefited greatly from their love of listed buildings and their vast experience of restoring them.

The Grade I listed house has been sensitively restored and updated

The Whelans had renovated everything from a country estate to several French chateaux before they arrived at Farnhill Hall. They have spent a considerable sum on the house and its grounds, including £18,000 on Farrow and Ball paint and substantially more on a new kitchen and on bringing the garden back to life.

Preserving and enhancing the property’s best features, which include woodwork by Robert “Mouseman” Thompson, was also a priority. Thompson’s trademark carved mice are on panelling and furniture and there are eight of them in the snug alone.

The property, which has three reception rooms and seven large bedrooms, was built in solid stone in 1360 and has evolved over the centuries while retaining an abundance of remarkable period features.

The total site extends to circa 15.64 acres, including grounds with a walled garden, lawns, orchard and pond. The land leads gently down to the canal offering lovely waterside walks.

The dining room is packed with original features

There is also a garage, turning circle and a cobbled courtyard and five stone outhouses plus a boiler house.

The Whelans are selling the hall to follow their original intention of downsizing. “We bought the house for the magic of it and the quality of the period detail inside. We have loved living here but we are both 73 and the time really has come to downsize. My wife likes to walk round the house when she is on her mobile phone and we calculated that one day she had done five-and-half miles. That’s how big it is,” says Mr Whelan. “We would love Farnhill Hall to go to a family who can make the most of it. It isn’t a spooky old house, it has a lovely welcoming feel. It hugs you as you come in.”

Contact: Knight Frank, Harrogate, tel: 01423 594286,

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The hall is cosy and its kitchen has all mod cons

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One of the seven bedrooms

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One of the bathrooms with beautiful views over the grounds
The house comes with beautiful gardens and grounds that lead down to the canal