Cosy cottage where character blends with contemporary, garden & superking bed
- english, italian
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" I enjoy watching house programmes, thrillers and historical dramas on tv and particularly enjoy all those written by Sally Wainwright which are filmed locally like Last Tango, Happy Valley and the new for 2019 BBC production Gentleman Jack. I enjoy walking and have learnt many new skills whilst volunteering at a local hospice charity shop.
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.
Check-in: 3:30 pm
Check-out: 10:30 am
You may smoke in front garden .
1 quiet well behaved dog, downstairs only £25/w
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Minimum age of primary renter:21
Max guests:3 (sleeps up to 3 adults)
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
100% refund if cancelled at least 60 days before arrival date.
Lovely place to stay and although not suitable for mobility restricted there was access from the back of property avoiding the steps at the front. The place was clean and had everything you could have needed. Would consider visiting again.
I am so pleased that you enjoyed your stay at Dyer's Cottage. I do say in the listing that as we are on a hill (as is much of Yorkshire!) there are steps but I am pleased you found the back door entrance too. We have tried to equip it as a real 'home away from home' which other reviewers have commented on. It would be lovely to have you stay again as there is so much to do and see both in Calderdale and the area around.
Unbelievable attention to detail
Property had everything you could need and more.......excellent cottage.
Thank you Paul. We have tried to make it a real "home away from home" so that guests can find everything they may need and we are very pleased that you had a lovely stay.
Sweetheart of a cottage & location
We loved staying at Dyer's Cottage! We moved right in & felt very much at home for our 5 days. It's centrally located for daytrips-- we drove to Fountains Abbey, Saltaire Village, Manchester & Conwy Castle in Wales. Besides seeing closer & more local areas & events. We found a sweetheart of a cottage there in Sowerby Bridge. Thanks Jane for your details in the cottage.
I am so pleased that you found both the cottage location and its appearance matched your hopes and dreams Karen. Halifax is very conveniently located both for the motorway network and the train services and so Dyer's Cottage is , as you found, a perfect base. July is now the month for everything 'Gentleman Jack' as Anne Lister lived here. Shame you missed it but a lot of the exhibitions will remain open until the end of October.
Had 4 nights at the cottage which we found very comfortable in a lovely part of the country.
Booking process worked very well and I can recommend the property if you want to visit Halifax and Hebden Bridge and Haworth
Thank you so much for finding the time to write a review. We are so pleased you enjoyed your stay at Dyer’s Cottage. Halifax is a great base for a holiday between the Yorkshire Dales and the Peak District and now the stunning scenery of Calderdale is being seen by many millions of viewers watching “Gentleman Jack” .
Spacious and well-equipped
We spent Christmas in this delightful cottage and it was perfect for the two of us. Everything was clean and beautifully furnished. It was nice and cosy, but more spacious than expected. Well-equipped kitchen, an amazing bath and bathroom, the most comfortable bed, lovely cosy fire - we even had a full-sized Christmas tree! The owners had thought of everything. Great pub just two doors down. Lots of nice walks in local area, took us about 40 minutes to walk into Halifax centre. Would definitely recommend and would love to return at some point.
We are so pleased you had a great Christmas in Dyer’s Cottage and thank you for taking the time to write this review. It would be lovely if you could return, maybe in the summer, so you can enjoy the beautiful countryside of Calderdale as well as explore the historic buildings of Halifax.
The property is very well-maintained and comfortable.
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.
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.
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 called Gentleman Jack was filmed and series 2 will be filmed in the second part of 2020) 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.