This lovely one-bed cottage is tucked away down some steep steps in a quiet Holmfirth backwater. The warm, cosy space is newly refurbished, with welcoming stove, gas central heating and lots of homely touches. A short walk takes you down some steps to the bus station, shops and cafés.
Tucked away down a flight of 25 steep stone steps, this traditional Yorkshire under-dwelling has a terrace where you can sit and look out over the town of Holmfirth and beyond. Although the living space is ideal for two, the double sofa-bed means that the cottage can sleep four if desired, and up to six people can eat at the dining table if you are meeting friends or family while in Holmfirth.
In the living room, there is a flame-effect electric stove in the stone fireplace, a double sofa bed for occasional extra guests and a vintage French dresser which divides the kitchen from the living and dining area. The gate-leg dining table folds down to a compact size for two people and folds out to seat six: there are four dining chairs with two extra folding ones available, if required.
Upstairs, the bedroom has a new double bed, a large new pine wardrobe, a chair with seat cushion and a dressing-table style mirror with a small drawer. There is also room for a travel cot in the bedroom, and this cot (with a good quality mattress) plus a high chair can be reserved with one week's notice.
The bathroom has a good shower over the bath and the combi-boiler means you have unlimited hot water.
Outside, there is a compact gravel area with bistro table and four chairs for use all year round, and in the summer the decking can be used to soak up the afternoon sun.
Because of the access via a flight of 25 steep stone steps, I would not recommend this cottage to anyone with restricted mobility or difficulty with stairs.
Disponible para huéspedes
Guests will have access to the whole house, comprising living/kitchen area, double bedroom and bathroom. Outside you can access the gravel seating area all year round and the wooden decking in the summer months, as the latter is slippery when wet or icy.
Atención a los huéspedes
I will always try to meet my guests on arrival and see them off when they leave, if they wish. Usually, however, my guests are happy to leave in their own time, making sure they engage the lock on the door as they leave. While my guests are in the house, I can be contacted at any reasonable time by email or by texts on my mobile phone, and hope to be able to sort out any problems in person as I am only a ten minute drive away.
Otros aspectos destacables
Extra details are all included under the title 'House Rules' below.
Extra details not covered elsewhere:
The house now has access to the Internet, so Wi-Fi is available for guests to use. This means you will only be cut off from the rest of the world if you want to be!
Extra information about room pricing:
The cottage is ideal for a single person or for a couple sharing the one bedroom, and the price per night as quoted is for two people sharing this bedroom. However, a sofa bed in the living / kitchen area is available for another couple if wished, or for any friend or family member who might wish to have access to a second bed. The use of the sofa bed in either instance will incur the extra charge of £20 pp per night, to cover the extra quilt and pillows that will need to be brought to the cottage and the extra washing involved.
Extra information about parking:
The house is situated on a very narrow lane in the back-streets above Holmfirth, so parking is fairly tight. There is nearly always room to park somewhere on the lane but it is not always possible to find a parking place right outside the house. If you prefer, there is free parking after 4pm every day in a small car park a few minutes walk away at the bottom of the lane, or outside the bus station in the centre, or in the Co-op car park over the river. If you intend to arrive after 4pm you can park for free in one of these car parks and, if you prefer, arrange to meet me in the town centre instead. It is a four to five minute walk up steps and cobble stones from the Church Square to the house.
Extra information about walking into the centre:
Although access to the cottage by car is up a narrow lane a little way out of the centre, guests can walk down into the centre of Holmfirth in four minutes. This often takes guests by surprise because the walk down to the centre starts in the opposite direction to the way the house is accessed by car.
Directions from the house into the centre:
Go up the 25 stone steps from the cottage and turn right at the top. Walk down the lane until the road curves round to the left. At this point, carry straight on down a narrow track. This leads to some steps, some cobble stones and some more steps to the left, which take you down into the Church Square and the famous Sid's Café. It takes me four minutes to get to this square and five to get to the Sainsburys Local supermarket.
Extra information about family-friendly accommodation:
I can provide a travel cot for babies up to two years old, a high chair with a tray and a changing mat, all with one week's notice. The travel cot comes with a very good quality mattress with a padded mattress cover and a fitted sheet, but I don't provide quilts or blankets for a baby. This is because most parents now seem to prefer placing their babies in their own zip-up sleeping bags, which they bring with them.
Extra information about supermarkets:
Although Holmfirth is famous for its arts and crafts, its tourist trails and its cultural festivals, the more mundane things such as supermarket shopping are well covered too. There is a Sainsburys Local (open 7am - 11pm every day) by the bus station, five minutes walk from the cottage, a large Co-op a seven minute walk away over the pretty riverside walkway and a Lidl Supermarket a three minute drive away from the town centre.
I have tried to furnish and equip my cottage as I would wish to find it, thinking of all the facilities I would want myself if I was visiting. This includes providing a separate hand towel in the bathroom alongside the bath sheets and bath towels so that each guest has two clean towels for personal use, and spare hand towels, tea-towels and rolls of kitchen paper in the kitchen area. There are spare supplies of liquid soap for kitchen and bathroom as well as extra shampoo and shower gel. Please respect my intentions and leave them for my next guests.
The central heating is set at a constant 15 degrees C, but can be altered very easily by pressing the + or - buttons on the right hand side of the thermostat to select the required temperature. This manually over-rides the settings until the next time period: 7.00pm, 11pm, 7.00am, 12.00 noon, etc, when the settings revert to the default 15 degrees.
If guests want to sit outside and leave the door open, it would be very helpful if they could first lower the thermostat so the central heating isn't triggered to come on!
The electric stove has three settings: the right-hand switch turns on the flame effect without heat, the central switch provides some convected heat and the left-hand switch provides the maximum convected heat. It would be very helpful if guests could turn this stove off at night before going to bed.
I provide spare light bulbs in the chest of drawers in the living area: bottom right-hand drawer. Generally, if there is anything missing or guests are unable to find something, I can be contacted by sending a text to my mobile at any reasonable hour, on the number provided by Airbnb in your confirmation email.
On check-out, it would be very helpful if guests could strip the bed/s of quilt cover, sheet and pillow-cases and leave the used bath-towels hanging on the hooks in the bedroom. I don't charge a cleaning fee in order to keep costs down for my guests, but it makes my life much easier if all the used linen is ready to pack in a bag and take home to wash!
It would also be very helpful if guests could wash up and put away the dishes and pans they have used. I provide a sponge, J-cloth, washing-up brush and washing-up liquid and there is a supply of clean tea-towels in the left hand drawer of the French dresser if the two I have put out are damp.
To sum up, I would appreciate it if you could treat the cottage with care and leave it as you would wish to find it.