Dave and Tracy Goodfellow along with their two children are delighted to welcome you to Low Costa Mill. We relocated about 250 miles north to Low Costa Mill in 2013 purchasing this amazing site and business, and live here with our children, who can often be found playing out in the gardens with our guests. As resident owners, we occupy the farmhouse and are always on-hand for help and advice to ensure you make the most of your time at Low Costa Mill and in this beautiful area.

Since our arrival in 2013, many hours (and £££) have been spent refurbishing the cottages and grounds, hundreds of litres of paint, over 25 pairs of curtains, all sorts of furniture, bathrooms, televisions, and kitchen appliances all feature on the list, along with play equipment in the grounds, and many “green” projects.


Sustainable tourism is important to us at Low Costa Mill, it protects the environment we live in, respects our local communities, conserves natural resources and minimises pollution.

A lifetime in the energy industry has rubbed off on Dave, and he is our resident ‘Eco Expert’ trying to cut down wastage, and improve the carbon footprint & eco credentials of Low Costa Mill. Over 300 LED bulbs, 89 triple glazed windows, loft insulation and heat pumps for the swimming pool have been put in place, and our swimming pool is kept covered when not in use to retain heat. Our pride and joy is the water source heat pump for the main house, yes our house is heated by a cold river! Our PV system has 80-panels, producing up to 20kW of solar and 20,000 kWh per annum, about 20% of the sites energy usage is met by on-site generation. Recycling everything we can, and choosing the right products to reduce the impact are all part of running an efficient business. We extend this ethos to the gardens, which are primarily maintained by electric tools, which are quieter and more environmentally friendly. We have some very tidy areas, but also some wilder areas left for wildlife to live with plenty of bird boxes dotted around the site.

In November 2021 we took part in a project with some students from York University to investigate ways to improve our sustainability. It was great to get new minds on our project, the team made some recommendations which we are investigating to improve our green credentials.

How can you help us?

Please help us reduce our carbon footprint by ensuring lights, heating and other electrical equipment is not left on when the cottages are empty. Please use our recycling facilities where possible, we are currently looking into food waste options. Should you wish to use our laundry room then please use the quick wash and cool settings, and if the weather is fine then please use the washing line to dry your laundry.

History of Low Costa Mill

Low Costa Mill dates back to the 17th century, and has been both a flour and a cloth mill meeting the local demands of the time. The ancient ‘Costa Beck’ dates back to the 1200’s & even features in the Doomsday Book! In times gone by this played an important part, powering the working mill wheel. Now it provides a relaxing setting for our seven holiday cottages.

Low Costa Mill cottages was a working farm until the late 1980s when it was skilfully converted by a local builder into the holiday cottages you see today. If you look closely at the photo, taken in 1979, you can identify the cottages. Leat Cottage and the swimming pool were both new buildings, see the gable-end opposite Harvester and Thresher Cottages for the date 1989 when the swimming pool was built! It replaced a large agricultural barn! We have many other historical photos and documents in our office, please do ask if you are interested in the history of the site.

We hope you will enjoy your time here as much as we do!