Hayloft Hebden, Pateley Bridge

Fiona Hoole was born and raised in this wonderful farmhouse, tucked away in a lush, wooded valley a couple of miles down the road from the fleshpots of Grassington; she did what most of us do, ie left for the bright lights then returned, husband and kids in tow to take over the family business when her parents retired. 

The Hayloft is a former peat store at the far end of her house, completely quiet and away from the durm and strang of family life. It's got a stunning walled garden full of mature fruit trees with lots of sitting out space. Inside, a contemporary kitchen (with underfloor heating: yaay!) and top flight fittings - but Fiona has a great eye for vintage pieces so it's not just efficient - it's charming and homely too. 

The sitting room is a place for some serious lounging; fat sofas, a wood burning stove and a wall of books; kick back on the window seat with Fiona's dad David Joy's 'Uphill to Paradise' and take in the long views over the hills. In the corner is an extraordinary curved staircase leading to the bedroon, built by a local craftsman in the 80's out of American oak; there's a whiff of Arts & Crafts about it, the kind of feature destined one day to be listed. 

And the bedroom. Blimey. Talk about indulgent. A huge cast iron beast of a bed made up with White Company linen, a lovely antique tall boy and chevalier mirror and tons of space to dance. A couple of stone steps lead up to THE BATHROOM OF YOUR DREAMS; free standing bath, monsoon shower big enough to get frisky in, snowy white towels and waffle robes. 

Fiona's got a real sense of what makes people happy; you're not that far from civilisation but she makes sure there's a basket of home made cake, coffee & tea waiting for you - and if you give decent notice, she'll make you a cracking casserole that you simply have to heat up when you're ready.

I see some amazing places on my travels but this had me rocking on my heels. The bar is raised. 

How Much:    500 a week, 220 for two nights

Kids Stuff:    Not really, it's a treat for two

Well Placed:  The walking in this part of the Dales is stunning; Fiona knows all the walks from the door and is happy to lend maps. Grassington can be touristy but there's good reason, it's sooo pretty. Top Tip: since you're so close, go first thing in the morning or at tea time, when the hoards have gone. 

Good Grub:  You're spoilt for choice. In Grassington, 5 The Square is one of our favourites, as is The Fountaine Inn in Linton, the peerless Angel at Hetton and the unmissable old-skool, gas-lit Craven Arms in Appletreewick. Walk down to The Old School Tearoom for a fab breakfast!     


Hole Bottom Farm, Hebden, Skipton, North Yorkshire, BD23 5DL

Tel 01756 752369

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Type: Self-Catering

Part of Stay North Yorkshire

Review by Mandy, 30 May 2013

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