This remarkably well-preserved 16th century, thatched cruck-framed house was once the local inn and very much the centre of Bilsdale life. It closed its doors for the last time in 1914 when the new Sun Inn was built next door and from then time has stood still.
The North York Moors is the only area in the east of the country where fairly large numbers of cottages of cruck construction occur. Most have been altered in some way so looking after Spout House is very important.
In 1982, the North York Moors National Park Authority took over its care and restored the building. You can visit the House from Easter to 31 October daily 11am to 4pm (please note, the entrance door needs a good push!).
A beautifully illustrated leaflet is available on site.
Spout House has traditional flagged floors which are uneven in places. The steps to the upper floor are very steep. Doorways on the upper floor are low.