Masham: three properties in the Dales town with everything
If there were a prize for Britain’s finest market town, Masham would surely have a strong claim. Nestling at the foot of Wensleydale, it has everything you could want in a town of its size, and more.
Most famously, it has two family-owned breweries, T&R Theakston and Black Sheep, which provide employment and help keep the town thriving.
Traditionally, though, Masham was a sheep-trading centre, and its market square, which is the largest in the district, dates back to the days when its fairs could see as many as 70,000 sheep change hands over the year.
Round the edges of the Georgian square and adjoining streets are pubs, galleries, and some real gems of local independent shops, including Bentley’s (outdoor clothing and equipment), Joneva (fine foods), and Bah Humbugs (retro sweet shop).
Masham Sheep Fair raises money for charity each autumn and Masham Steam Engine and Fair Organ Rally is a big family draw each July, although both have sadly been cancelled this year due to ongoing concerns over Covid.
There’s a primary school, rated “Good” by Ofsted, as well as a park, play area, golf club and sports association offering cricket, football, tennis and bowls.
As you might expect of a town surrounded by stunning countryside, there are also some fantastic walks out of Masham that take in some of the most beautiful stretches of riverbank and moorland scenery in the region.
There are some lovely old stone houses too, but this is not a town set in aspic – it is in neither the Yorkshire Dales national park nor the Nidderdale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (although it could justifiably be in either) – so there are more modern homes on the market too.
If all this sounds too good to pass up, one of the following three properties could be meant for you.
Petersham House is a modern detached family home on a quiet lane just off the market square. It has four bedrooms, two bathrooms, and leading off the central entrance hall, a kitchen, utility room, dining room, family room and expansive double-aspect sitting room with exposed roof trusses and french doors opening out onto the terrace. Beyond, there are gardens, a parking area and garaging.
Right in the heart of the town, 1 Market Place is a freehold Grade II listed property with both commercial and residential use. It has been trading for over 20 years as a successful clothes shop but recently closed its doors due to the retirement of the trader and is now available as a whole. It has three main rooms on the ground floor with a couple of storerooms and planning permission for a two-bedroom flat on the first floor – all in need of total refurbishment. If you are interested, you won’t have to go far to speak to the agent – Giles Edwards’ office is directly opposite.
Finally, 8 Rodney Terrace is a mid-terrace house with five bedrooms, two bathrooms, hall, kitchen, laundry room and two reception rooms.
There is a small garden to the front and a sitting area to the rear, as well as three attached stone-built outbuildings.