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Historic 17c character cottage and garden in Calderdale nr Halifax for couples

Bedrooms 1
Space 861 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 - 5 nights


About the property

Luxury cottage where character blends with contemporary, garden & superking bed

Dyer's Cottage Yorkshire is a spacious, beautifully presented 17c historic character cottage and is an ideal base for exploring Calderdale and beyond. SPECIAL OFFER AUGUST 2/9 Prices reflect this offer. Perfect for a luxury short break or longer, Dyer's Cottage offers singles, couples or small families something really special. The one bedroom accommodation, with super king size zip and link bed, is fabulous with lots of character features like exposed beams, a mullioned window dating from 1650 and a superb fireplace with gas fire which looks like a woodburner but provides instant clean heat. It has been sympathetically renovated to create a delightful place to relax with each other. Come and stay here to indulge yourselves in your own personal and private space. Relax in the sunny, secluded garden or enjoy a Spa day nearby to ease away the stresses of modern day life. Then discover Yorkshire hospitality by enjoying a meal out at one of the many excellent dining opportunities in the area. There's even an award winning CAMRA pub which serves good value homecooked food very close. Or you may be into outdoor pursuits. Walking, cycling and angling are very popular.

Originally part of a 17th century farmhouse, which has been inhabited by the owners' family for over 200 years, it was lovingly restored during 2105 to an extremely high standard of comfort with a modern feel, yet keeping all the character features. We are very pleased to have been awarded a 2018 Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence. Unusual for a cottage, the rooms are spacious and the ceilings are high so tall people are well suited though do be aware that a couple of doors are on the small side. Taking pride of place in the bedroom is the super king Hypnos bed which is so comfortable and can be configured as 2 twins if required. The mood lighting, restored Victorian cast iron feature fireplace and old original gas light ooze character. Don't forget the moorland view from the bedroom window which can be enjoyed from bed too. The contemporary bathroom next door has pale grey porcelain wall and floor tiles and white gloss units in which are found the gas central heating boiler and washer/dryer. Relax in the long bath (with handheld shower) with a glass of wine or rejuvenate yourself under the Aqualisa rain shower where the bath widens at one end.The large sunny living room, like the bedroom above, has a beautiful view across the Calder Valley towards Norland. It has an old inglenook fireplace with a gas powered woodburner to provide instant heat, a beamed ceiling and restored doors with traditional door furniture. The seating is comfortable enabling you to enjoy an evening in watching the 40 inch Smart TV with freeview or a DVD. The sofa can extend to form a double bed on a metal base with a comfortable mattress so this is useful if you have an extra guest for a night or two. The wall decorations are carefully chosen to reflect the history of the cottage and area.The Shaker style, fully equipped kitchen, with electric oven and ceramic hob, has oak worktops, a small dishwasher, fridge with small freezer, microwave and Dolce Gusto coffee machine. A modern roof light compliments the original mullioned window dating from 1650 and exposed stone wall. A rear door leads into a small courtyard.

The cottage is an ideal base for 2 people (plus child) if you are a romantic, interested in history or an outdoor or canal enthusiast who wishes to explore the walking or cycling trails of the West Yorks/Lancs border area of the South Pennines, Bronte Country or the Yorkshire Dales NP. Angling is great round here too. It is also close to the art/music culture found in the renovated textile mills and easily accessible to Leeds, York and Manchester

A few points to be aware of. Stairs ( be aware that the top one is higher) between the 2 downstairs rooms lead to a spacious landing with a window and a desk. Please note that it is not possible to put a baby gate at the top of the stairs. There is room here for a travel cot which we can provide, along with other baby equipment or we can provide a put you up guest bed ( suitable for a child) or either of these will also fit in the bedroom.. High quality Egyptian cotton plain bed linen and towels are provided for your comfort.

The secluded, enclosed, sunny garden is a lovely feature of this property and seating is provided on the Yorkshire stone patio for you to enjoy the view. Please be aware that as the cottage is on the valley side, there is a drop from the top of the wall at the end of the garden to the pavement so a child or dog will need supervision. However, we have installed a fence too. There are steps leading from the gate to the cottage door which may prove tricky if you are not good on your feet and the path can be slippery at times.

On street parking is available.

One well behaved quiet dog ( not puppy) may be welcome downstairs only with PRIOR PERMISSION from the owner. Please enquire before booking. An additional charge is payable. We ask that the dog owner will provide a dog bed and towels. The dog is not allowed upstairs. We provide covers for the furniture, dog bowls and a holiday dog tag. We ask you to ensure the dog does not cause any form of inconvenience,( which includes barking) damage or mess to any part of the property, inside or outside. The dog must NEVER be left alone in the cottage and as we are in a terrace, we are very respectful to our neighbours. They will advise us of any unacceptable noise caused by humans or dogs which will result in you being asked to vacate the property immediately.

No smoking or vaping inside the property.

It is expected that the cottage will be left clean and tidy on departure although a final tip top clean is included in the rental cost so that our high standards are maintained for the next visitor.

More Details

Jane Giorgi
Member since: 2014
Premier Partner

This partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks English, Italian
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Within an hour
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Calendar last updated:
20 July, 2018

About Jane Giorgi

The cottage has been occupied by my family for over 200 years but the first proof of this is the 1841 census when John Kenyon born 1777 was listed as living in it with my great great great grandfather, William, his youngest son born 1824. His son James, my great great grandfather bought the property from the estate of John Edward Wainhouse,( who commissioned the building of the 77m high tower nearby) in 1887 and gave it to his daughter Julia, my great grandmother to live in with her husband and young son. My grandmother was born a little while later and lived in the cottage until her marriage. She was left the cottage by her father when he died in 1934 and decided to do a few improvements for her tenants. The cottage was then left to my mother and now it belongs to me. I then spent 6 months of 2015 supervising local tradespeople bringing it into the 21st century which involved creating drains for a bathroom, completely re plastering all the walls, laying floor coverings, re wiring the basic electricity there was, and creating a kitchen. I kept as many original features as possible in order to keep the character but added home comforts such as hot water, a gas powered logburner and gas central heating. I decorated it in neutral colours and have tried to blend modern decorations and furnishings into an old framework. It is truly a real "home from home" and was described by a guest in March 2018 as "exquisite"

Jane Giorgi purchased this cottage in 2014

Why Jane Giorgi chose Halifax

I have had a keen interest in genealogy for many years and feel very strongly that a cottage which has been in the family for so long, should remain in it. Unfortunately I am unable to live in it permanently at the moment so hope that by letting it to holiday makers, more people will have the chance to share in its amazing history. It was for many years owned by the owners of the local dyeworks, the Wainhouse family and the Master Dyer's were given accommodation in the neighbouring cottages. The last member of the family, John Edward Wainhouse left a distinguished legacy on the local landscape most obvious of which is a 77m tower, the tallest folly in the world, which is illuminated at night. With over 400 internal steps, it is now owned by Calderdale Council who open it on the 4 summer Bank Holiday Mondays of each year when it is possible to climb to the galleried top and experience a magnificent view. People have even seen Blackpool 50 miles away!

Dyer's Cottage features on a Heritage Walk round this special part of Halifax called The Wainhouse Trail. Up to 40 people may join it on summer Bank Holidays and an expert guide explains all there is to know about the distinctive architecture and local history. We have left a copy of the trail in the information folder for our guests to follow at their leisure.

What makes this cottage unique

These include the old character features like the wooden ceiling beams in the sitting room which extend through into the neighbouring cottages, the beautiful fireplace with gas cast iron stove and the exposed stone wall with mullioned window in the kitchen. We had to undertake a few restorátion jobs, sometimes by different ways when the first didn't work. I am indebted to the great team of local tradesmen who helped me. We wanted to create a home from home experience for our guests so that it has the cosy feel of a cottage but the luxury of a hotel.

My husband has created the lovely garden from an overgrown jungle with massive hedges. We found extra paving slabs buried a foot down and bought more to extend the patio. We used stones from the wall where we created the landing window to edge the flower beds. The old kitchen sink is now filled with flowers. The cottage has the benefit of very high ceilings for a property of its age and the rooms are much more spacious than you may imagine. Rather than squeeze in 2 bedrooms, we decided not to compromise the upstairs layout, so created a large bathroom from what used to be the other bedroom. This has resulted in a large bedroom, a spacious landing and a luxurious bathroom.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in Halifax in Calderdale District

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 861 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 15:30
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:30
  • Max. occupancy: 3 ...
  • Max. adults: 3
  • Min. age of primary renter: 21
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only ...
  • Please dispose of all waste by removing it into the dustbin before departure. Large items like packaging should be taken to the the tip
  • Please take care to put a reasonable amount of toilet paper down the wc. Wipes, nappies etc must be put in the dustbin. Drain blockages chargeable
  • No subletting. The person who books must be resident at all times
Location Type:
  • town
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Tumble Dryer ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Very modern, hotel feel.
  • Ultra modern with a white suite consisting of large shower bath in which the shower end is wider than the other. A thermostatically controlled digital rainhead Aqualisa shower provides a powerful flow but there is an additional hand held shower attached to the bath mixer tap. The basin has 2 drawers below in a white high gloss unit which matches the other cupboards housing the gas central heating boiler
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 3
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , 2 Single Bed , The zip and link bed can either be one super king or 2 twins
  • A lovely sunny room with well lined curtains for a dark nights sleep. Great view from the window across the Calder Valley. Cast iron feature fireplace, modern wardrobe fitments hidden by restored old cupboard doors which were previously in the living room. Additional chest of drawers and bedside cabinets provide more storage. Extra large superbly comfortable high quality medium firmness Hypnos bed which can be split with advance notice into 2 x 3 feet ( 90cm) single beds. Bedside lights and 3 more forms of lighting enable you to choose the mood required. A put up bed for a child can be arranged on request. This is suitable for a child/ teenager. Space for a travel cot which can be provided on request.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television
  • Toys ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Golf ...
  • Garden ...
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • 1 bicycles
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • live theatre
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • ski
  • swimming
The cottage has a very long history of both the building and its occupants. It is situated in a very spacial historic area and is actually part of a local Heritage Walk called The Wainhouse Trail. Experts lead this walk a few times a year but we have left a copy of the trail and its information in the cottage. This property is very versatile in that it offers opportunities for all kinds of guests. You may be contracting at a business locally or you may be looking for a romantic break or you may be an outdoor type, keen on being out in the beautiful area. You may be interested in industrial history, Victorian architecture or art and culture. You may wish to visit friends or family in the local area but want to retain independence and stay in your own surroundings. Please also take a look at my other newly renovated cottage in Oxfordshire, just next to the Chilterns AONB, in the beautiful historic town of Watlington, reputedly the smallest town in England. Owners Direct 649241


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Historic 17c character cottage and garden in Calderdale nr Halifax for couples
average rating of 5.0 based on 14 reviews

The property is very well-maintained and comfortable.

  • 5 of 5

The property is very well-maintained and comfortable. I own a vacation rental and know how much effort it takes to maintain a place like Jane does.The place is well-stocked in the kitchen and I didn’t need anything at all. I really enjoyed the pub next-door and wish I had a place like this near my house in Texas.

The plumbing fixtures are all very nice and the lighting is excellent. The view from the bedroom window out over the country side is spectacular in the morning. The neighbors are very nice and quiet and I was always able to get a parking spot right in front of the property.

I looked through the photo album of the remodel project and it is a truly remarkable restoration.

I highly recommend this property as a vacation rental or corporate rental for anyone.

  • Review Submitted: 27-Mar-2018
  • Date of Stay: March 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: I am very pleased to read that you enjoyed your stay in our historic cottage which must be a complete contrast to your place in Texas! The renovation did provide us with a few challenges but we are very pleased that the end result is a blend of traditional character and modern comfort. We would love to welcome you back again.
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Lovely cottage in a great location

  • 5 of 5

We had lovely four nights in a very comfortable, well appointed, dog friendly cottage. All mod cons but loaded with history. The cottage is very well appointed with everything you could need for a short stay. Lots of information about the local area and details of the best places to eat and drink. ( A real gem is the Wainhouse Tavern 3 doors away. The lamb pie is amazing).

Our host was really knowledge about the local area and provided us with some great ideas for places to visit. Overall we had a fabulous few days and would highly recommend the cottage to anyone who wishes to experience the Calder Valley and surrounding area..

  • Review Submitted: 14-Mar-2018
  • Date of Stay: March 2018
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I am so pleased that you enjoyed your stay in Dyer’s Cottage near Halifax and thank you for finding the time to write us this review. The cottage is full of history and is situated in a very interesting local area ( we are surprised that this little corner isn’t a Conservation Area but as it isn’t, it made the renovation project slightly easier). John Edward Wainhouse has certainly left his mark on this corner of Skircoat/Pye Nest. We agree the pub named after him (his former house, is a real gem and, as you found, is both human and dog friendly! The Calder Valley has a lot to offer visitors, walks a plenty, art galleries, historic buildings, interesting shopping and excellent public transport too. It would be great to welcome you again.
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Truly Beautiful Home

  • 5 of 5

My wife and I loved Dyer's Cottage for many reasons. Jane, the owner was generous with her time and sharing insights to the Halifax area. The accommodations are splendid, clean and quiet. Modern amenities and comfortable, even a view of the pastures on the hills beyond from the bedroom window. There is street parking and a traditional British Pub three doors down - excellent! A great jump off point to explore Yorkshire and Lancaster National Trust sites, National Parks, York by train was less than an hour. Halifax is beautiful in it's own right.

Jane and Dyer's Cottage are as delightful as the beautiful English country side and the cheerful friendliness of the people of Yorkshire. We look forward to coming back and will spread the word, if asked. Fantastic !

  • Review Submitted: 27-Sep-2017
  • Date of Stay: September 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Steve and Julie for your very kind words. We are so pleased that you enjoyed your stay in the North of England and found the locals so welcoming. We look forward to meeting you again and maybe you could get to a football match next time?
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Clean, tidy and well presented cottage

  • 5 of 5

We arrived to find the cottage exactly as it was presented on the website. Very welcoming and cosy. The communication from the owner was first class and would highly recommend a stay in this property. John and Nicola May 2017

  • Review Submitted: 02-Jun-2017
  • Date of Stay: May 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are so pleased that you enjoyed your stay at Dyer's Cottage this week and hope you now feel more relaxed having had a real change of scene in Yorkshire.
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Beautiful cosy cottage.

  • 5 of 5

Dyers cottage is perfect for a break in the countryside. It is beautifully renovated, extremely well equipped and offers a comfort that makes you feel you have been there longer than a few days. There is an abundance of local walks on the doorstep with breathtaking scenery, in addition just a short walk away are pubs, restaurants and bars offering great food, locally brewed beers and hospitality. We will definitely be back for a longer stay!

  • Review Submitted: 30-May-2017
  • Date of Stay: May 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your very kind comments and we are so pleased that your short break in Calderdale was so enjoyable. Renovating Dyer's Cottage was a challenge but we too find it a lovely place to retreat to when we want to relax. We are still discovering new places to visit and it's lovely to go for walks at any time of year. We look forward to welcoming you again.
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Perfect place to stay, well equipped, well located

  • 5 of 5

Thank you Jane and Rob - I loved my stay, the cottage was everything I hoped for and more. Very cozy, well equipped (there was never anything I looked for and couldn't find) and a great location right near the hills, did lots of walking rain or shine. Thank you for being so responsive to all of my questions and needs. Will stay again if I am in Halifax!

  • Review Submitted: 19-Mar-2017
  • Date of Stay: January 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are so pleased Lenora that you had a most enjoyable stay in Dyer's Cottage. It is difficult to show in words and photographs how special it is but this lovely review is greatly appreciated. We look forward to welcoming you again.
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Nearest Airport
40 Kilometres
Leeds/Bradford or Manchester
Nearest Barpub
50 Metres
Wainhouse Tavern
Nearest Golf
4 Kilometres
Nearest Train
2 Kilometres
Sowerby Bridge or Halifax
Nearest Motorway
10 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
200 Metres
The Tower House Hotel
Nearest Beach
100 Kilometres
Blackpool or Scarborough
Car: not necessary

The cottage is located in the desirable Wainhouse residential area to the SW of Halifax, where the Calder Valley landscape of rolling moorland and canals has been made famous by the BBC TV programmes "Last Tango in Halifax" and "Happy Valley." The cottage was originally part of a 17th century farmhouse; the area was countryside until about 100 years ago and the beautiful hills of the Pennines and the Yorkshire Dales National Park are very close by, about 10 minutes drive and 35 minutes drive respectively. Haworth, the home of the Brontes is about a 25 minute drive and if you are interested in Jane Eyre, the unspoilt village of Wycoller was the inspiration for Charlotte Bronte's famous book.This is the place for the hiker, walker or cyclist to enjoy the great outdoors.There are many designated routes, clearly signposted. It is possible to walk or cycle along the towpaths of both the Calder and Hebble Navigation and the Rochdale Canal directly from the cottage and enjoy the peaceful natural beauty interspersed by examples of the striking architectural heritage reminding us of the importance of textile manufacture in the past. Many of the old mills have been converted into exclusive apartments but some have acquired cultural uses such as the famous Dean Clough Mill on the other side of Halifax, previously renowned for carpets but now a thriving set of art galleries, bars, restaurants, music venues and retailing. A car allows greater freedom of travel but is not essential as public transport is very good, both bus and train. The closest historical landmark to the cottage is within a 5 minute walk and is Wainhouse Tower. This was designed as a chimney for the local dyeworks, completed in 1875, but was never used as such and is now regarded as the worlds tallest folly. It is possible to climb 403 steps on the internal spiral staircase on summer Bank Holidays to the ornate balcony at the top from where there are 360 degree views of the surrounding area. There are historic properties to visit closeby such as Shibden Hall ( where a new BBC/USA drama series is currently being filmed called Gentleman Jack) or East Riddlesden Hall (NT). The Yorkshire Sculpture Park, near Wakefield, offers an outdoor experience of famous works by British and international artists such as Henry Moore and Barbara Hepworth. Closer to the cottage is the Bankfield Museum, a Grade 11 listed historic house museum, incorporating exhibits from the Duke of Wellington's Regiment which was based in the town, an amazing toy collection, local map rooms and a textiles gallery. Eureka! The National Children's Museum is an interactive educational museum run as a not for profit organisation. Halifax Piece Hall is close by. This magnificent building, built in 1779, was originally built as a Saturday morning sales centre for woollen handloom weavers selling pieces of cloth and has recently re-opened as an amazing place to visit, offering a high quality visitor destination filled with quirky shops, cafes, bars restaurants, art galleries, an information centre with exhibits relevant to handloom weavers and musical and other special events. The next destination to open is to be a brand new trampolining centre. Halifax already has a dry ski centre and there is a climbing centre nearby in Brighouse. If you are working at Lloyds Bank Data Centre , Dyer's Cottage is easily walkable.


Prices & Availability

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Additional pricing information

Pet Fee £25
Refundable Damage Deposit £100

Rates may change at the owners discretion
Cancellation within 2 months of booked arrival will mean loss of all payments received.

House swap considered. Please contact me.

Please note that guests are responsible for any drain blockages occuring during their stay and locksmith costs in connection with key loss.
It is not allowed to smoke cigarettes or use illegal substances within the property.
A complaint from a neighbour concerning any form of antisocial behaviour which involves the above or excessive alcohol, noise or violence will mean that all the guest(s) is(are) required to vacate the property immediately with no financial refund.

It is requested that there is no noise after 22.30 hours.

It is anticipated that the cottage will be left in a clean and tidy condition on departure although the rental cost does include a final clean so that the property is in tip top condition for the next guest.
The deposit provided at the time of booking will initially be held as a booking deposit and once the full payment has been received, it will be held as the security deposit which, as long as there has been no loss or damage, will be returned within a week of the departure day.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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