Tyas Cottage is Grade II listed by our local authority (Grade II buildings are nationally important and of special interest) and is one of 3 properties that served the first water-powered mill that was built in the Colne Valley (c1690). They lie within the sheltered, wooded valley of Merrydale, and are at the end of a secluded cul-de-sac. Apart from the sound of falling water, the property is quiet and rural.
It was substantially refurbished in 2006 to combine a small 'one-up, one-down' cottage with its adjoining barn. Every effort was made to do this sustainably. The house is massively insulated and all the heating is sourced by a wood-pellet boiler or, when the sun shines, UPV and solar panels. There is an electric car charging point. The spring water is laser treated.
It was furnished mainly using inherited antiques that were imported from South Africa. It contains several original oil paintings by Annabel Obholzer. The weather vane was made by the sculptor, Brian Fell, who made all but one of the 7 sculptural elements in the shared garden.
The ground floor comprises the following:
- a large kitchen/living room which, with its large round antique mulberry wood table is often used as a second living room
- twin bedroom
- hall with its large oak refectory table that opens to the private paved terrace
A spiral staircase brings you to the first floor into:
- the living room which is open to the rafters exposing an enormous 'Queen' roof truss. This spacious room has a log burner on a massive 2m x 1.2m yorkshire stone flag and opens onto a balcony above the private terrace
- the master bedroom (with its en suite bathroom) that contains an antique hand carved mahogany 4 poster bed
- a twin bedroom with its en suite bathroom. There is a z-bed available so that the cottage can comfortably accommodate 6 people if no-one wants to share the 4 poster
Merrydale is a well-known local beauty spot and the Colne Valley circular walk goes through it (but not past Tyas Cottage). Its abundant bird life includes dippers, kingfishers, herons, sparrow hawks, badgers, foxes and deer. The millpond, river and waterfall form boundaries to the shared garden.
Tyas Lane is an ancient, cobbled pack-horse road and continues from Tyas Cottage through steep woodland to a very popular nearby pub, 'The Rose and Crown'. Wednesday night is pie night and not to be missed. Well away from roads, Tyas Cottage is a safe environment for your pets who are also welcome at 'The Rose and Crown'.
There are many walks from the cottage on open moors or in sheltered valleys. It is near the Pennine Way and Marsden Moors (National Trust). The nearest village is Slaithwaite and this has become a popular local destination. The refurbishment of Globe mills in its centre is almost complete and it has several good restaurants, pubs, antique shops, The Handmade Bakery and the Green Valley Grocers. For those who prefer level walks, the canal walk from Slaithwaite to Marsden would be ideal.
Just outside Marsden, the Standedge Tunnel Visitor Centre is well worth a visit. If pampering is on the agenda and you can tear yourselves away from the garden with its swing, sculptural pods and vessels, Titanic Spa is very nearby. Shibden Hall, of the TV series "Gentleman Jack" fame is about half an hour's car journey away.
With its excellent road and rail links, it is also within easy reach of a wide range of attractions. Cities within an hour's travel include Leeds, Bradford, Manchester, Sheffield, and Halifax. Perhaps slightly further are Harrogate and York.