Dyer’s Holiday Cottage Calderdale near Halifax with garden
Dyer’s Cottage is a superbly appointed self catering holiday cottage between Halifax and Sowerby Bridge in the Wainhouse heritage area. Offering a real “home away from home” this 1650 cottage has an exceptional history of both the building and its occupants since 1770.
Stay at Dyer’s Holiday Cottage to explore the South Pennines and visit the Halifax area made famous in tv series such as “Gentleman Jack”, “Last Tango in Halifax” and “Happy Valley”. Walk the multitude of footpaths into fields and woods or follow the path along the Rochdale Canal to quirky Hebden Bridge. Haworth, home of the Brontes and the Keighley and Worth Valley Railway is just a 30 minute drive. Then return home to relax in a cosy holiday cottage full of character features.
Enjoy the exposed stone fireplace with a gas stove and the restored pine doors and the mullioned stone window in the kitchen of Dyer’s Cottage holiday home which dates from about 1650. However there are as well numerous desirable modern facilities such as gas central heating, a hotel type bathroom and an extremely comfortable Hypnos superking bed which can be 2 twins. A Sofa bed is available too in the living room. Maximum occupancy is 3 people with or without a well behaved dog. We can provide a travel cot on request for a baby.
Now for the details! Walk through a shared gate and turn left, up a few steps and follow the stone path to a couple more steps and then into the porch and the front door of this historic holiday cottage. It is called Dyer’s Cottage because it was the home of Master dyers for nearly 200 years. Come into the large sitting /dining room with high ceilings and an old inglenook fireplace with gas stove. Relax on the leather sofa (which can provide a sofabed for 1 additional person) or unique chair with local placenames. The antique dining table pulls out to seat 4 and overlooks the garden laid mainly to flowerbeds and gravel alongside a stone patio with reclining chairs to catch the sun after a day out exploring. Pass through a door into a small hall leading upstairs and up a couple of steps into the well equipped kitchen. Here the main character feature is a mullioned window probably dating from before 1650.
Dyer’s Cottage Halifax holiday home was until recently on a local heritage trail because of its historic past. Originally a sheep farm of 16 acres on the side of the Calder Valley (be prepared for hills here!), it was divided into 5 cottages in the mid 19th century and new doors placed on the side elevation each with the distinctive Wainhouse porch. The local dyeworks was owned by the Wainhouse family and JE Wainhouse also built many water features and houses, including his own, West Air, which is now our neighbour the Grade 11 listed pub called the Wainhouse Tavern, which serves award winning beers, home cooked food and has occasional events like quiz and music nights. The Wainhouse heritage area however is dominated by Wainhouse Tower, the tallest folly in the world which is open a few times a year if you have the energy to climb 400 steps to the ornate balcony for an amazing view.
Back inside Dyer’s Holiday Cottage Halifax, a steep staircase leads upstairs, with a handrail to a landing with desk where you can work from home as the WiFi is good but we cannot be held responsible for any outage of internet, gas, electricity or water. A door opens into a luxury bathroom with a long bath with Aqualisa power shower at one end, a basin, toilet, and 2 cupboards, one holding the gas boiler and the other a washer/dryer. The landing has a window view of the rear hillside whereas the bedroom offers a lovely view across the Calder Valley.
The bedroom is light and contemporary with a superking Hypnos bed which can be configured as 2 twins upon advance request. There is space for a travel cot too and the restored pine doors hide a modern wardrobe with drawers. An old original gaslight pre-dating the renovation of 2014/5 is the main character feature of this room. Sleep well with blackout linings to the curtains. We have tried to include all the little extras which create a really comfortable historic holiday cottage.
The garden of this delightful holiday home is South facing with a view across to open fields. Relax on the stone patio on an antique wooden bench or on a reclining sun chair and enjoy the view of the flowering shrubs in the flower beds. Walk along the stepping stones amongst the gravel to the end of the garden to catch the last rays of evening sun. High hedges separate the garden from the neighbouring cottages ensuring privacy.
Please come and see Dyer’s Holiday Cottage for yourself! Prices start from £360 rising to £450 a week with a minimum stay of 3 nights. However many weekend guests take advantage of the 3 nights by arriving on Friday after 15.30 and leaving on Sunday evening.