Mallard is a traditional cottage with wonderful original features including beams and barrelled ceilings in both the dining room and kitchen. It is tucked away high above the river, reached directly by a path and has a lovely view from its own garden to the sheltered woodland beyond. The wonderfully healing and relaxing hot tub is available for an additional cost.
Guests are expected to treat this charming period cottage with care, making sure that they protect the wooden surfaces with the coasters and stands provided. Guests are asked to leave the cottage as they find it and are asked to report any damage or breakages. This includes doing their own washing and drying up, including the grill pan and oven. Guests are also asked to regularly wipe down the shower screens.
Smoking is only permitted in the garden, not in the hot tub or inside the cottage.
Pets are asked to be well-behaved and to remain downstairs and outside and not in the hot tub. They must be kept on a lead in the communal garden.
Guests are asked to respect the peaceful nature of the setting, no talking outside after 9.30pm at night please. The hot tub is provided to enhance your time together by providing the healing and relaxing benefits of hot water to relieve the stresses of everyday life. Please use it for me time and your time quietly together, but not for noisy parties. If you are looking for a venue for noisy boisterous parties, this is not the one for you.
Please do not take the designer bath sheets, bathrobes & slippers provided outside to the hot tub, guests should provide their own towels, flip flops (or crocs or sandals) and robes if required, for outside use. Guests can request outside towels at an additional cost. Likewise, guests must shower before they use the hot tub, drying themselves before they walk through the house, taking care not to slip on the steps. Guests must wear swimwear at all times when in the garden or hot tub and after use must dry themselves in the garden or on the ground floor.
I have spent the last 30 years working full-time and as a volunteer in the corporate and voluntary sectors, most recently as Chief Executive of a national charity and voluntary Chair of a local children's hospice.
I decided to go part-time in 2015 to spend more time caring for my Mother following the death of my Father. My husband and I bought four properties in Holmfirth where I was born and brought up with the intention of establishing a holiday cottage business - so Your Yorkshire Time - Holmfirth Holiday Cottages Hot Tub Heaven was born.
We welcomed our first guests to Eider and Mallard cottages in spring 2016 and our first guests to Shelduck cottage in May 2016, we hope to welcome our first guests to Indian Runner Duck farmhouse in summer 2016.
All the cottages are quirky period properties with original features and we hope the perfect venues for your time together, so if you're feeling in need of recuperation and pampering come and relax with us.
The cottages have now become a full-time job! But one that I am able to do with my Mother and although it is much harder physically than any I have done before, helping me is giving my Mum a real purpose in life again and I love meeting our guests and making sure that they have a wonderful holiday. My motto in life is I'll sleep when I'm dead!