We are situated in the Pennine village of Slaithwaite (pronounced Slath-wait or Sla’wit) in West Yorkshire. We are within an hour’s drive of RSPB reserves Dove Stone, St. Aidan’s, Fairburn Ings and Dearne Valley. Marsden Moor (National Trust) and Cromwell Bottom (Calderdale local nature reserve) are also nearby. Kingfishers, dippers and herons are among the birds that frequent the local River Colne and its tributary streams within walking distance of our home.
Dove Stone (20 minutes) has curlew, golden plover, red grouse, peregrine, raven.
St. Aidan’s (50 minutes) has bittern, black-headed gull, skylark, marsh harrier, short-eared owl,
Fairburn Ings (1 hour) has bittern, willow tit, kingfisher, tree sparrow, grey heron.
Dearne Valley (1 hour) has kingfisher, barn owl, bittern, avocet, tree sparrow.
Marsden Moor (10 minutes) has twite, curlew. golden plover, snipe, merlin, short-eared owl, dunlin,
Cromwell Bottom (30 minutes) has kingfisher, oystercatcher, curlew.
Slaithwaite and the surrounding area
The Colne Valley, in which Slaithwaite lies, is a beautiful part of the world but off the beaten track as far as tourists are concerned. There are great walks in the area and we are a 15-minute drive from the Pennine Way. Slaithwaite is a popular destination village for people from the surrounding area. The Huddersfield Narrow Canal runs right through the centre of the village. It has a wealth of independent cafes including Vanilla Bean, Om is where the heart is, Ashbys and Lock 22. It has a good selection of shops including antique shops, a gallery and a gift shop selling works of local artists, a secondhand book shop, a Polish pottery shop and a community-owned grocery. It also has an art studio, yoga studio and ceramics studio all of which can be booked for a one-off class. Slaithwaite has its own coffee roastery (Darkwoods), and is a local centre for textile-related arts and crafts. The Handmade Bakery sells excellent handmade bread and has a lovely cafe. The Rose and Crown is in the hills above Slaithwaite and serves good quality pub food at reasonable prices. For the evening there are several pubs, restaurants, and a wine bar overlooking the river and canal. Leeds and Manchester are also both easily reached by train within about 40 minutes. Our house is less than a five minute walk from the station. Marsden, Meltham, and Holmfirth are all a short drive away (or easily reached by bus or train) and have more cafes, pubs, restaurants and shops. Huddersfield is the nearest large town and has some good restaurants and a great little theatre.
We offer B&B in our home. We have a very large double room with an ensuite bathroom and a single room with a private bathroom (not ensuite). Both rooms have bath and shower, a great view, and tea-making facilities. Breakfasts are continental style. We have two cats and a dog. There is a parking space off the road and also on-road parking. We will provide a warm and friendly welcome, and can provide any information you need about the local area. For local walking we can provide you with a custom-made OS map.
Lavender Room (double) £60 per night for two people (£50 per night for single occupancy)
Daffodil Room (single) £40 per night
Discounts are available for a week or more depending on season. Please email for prices.