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Cottage | 2 bedrooms | sleeps 4
Sparth Cottage is an attractive barn conversion, situated in a quiet, picturesque setting near a canal and wooded lake in the Pennine Colne Valley, just outside the Peak District National Park.
The pretty village of Marsden is only 5 minutes walk down the towpath, with many attractions and events nearby.
Through the front door you enter the beamed living room, with wooden flooring and rugs. There's a cosy sitting area to one side (with TV/DVD and woodburner), and to the other side a fold-out dining table and chairs. The sideboard contains a multitude of games for all ages, and the bookcase has a wide selection of books and DVDs.
The kitchen has a slate floor, and is fully equipped with washer/dryer, fridge/freezer, cooker and microwave. There is also an espresso maker, and a range of utensils and gadgets for more serious cooking, plus a high chair and an iron/ironing board.
Upstairs, the master bedroom has a double bed with memory foam mattress, a wardrobe and 2 chests of drawers. The other bedroom has bunk beds, a wardrobe and dressing table, and a hamper filled with books/toys for younger children. There is also a travel cot stored under the bunk beds. Both bedrooms have beautiful views over the surrounding woods and lakes. The bathroom has a bath with over-the-bath shower and glass shower screen.
At the front of the cottage is a private area with seating, planters and a popular bird feeder.
The property is centrally heated throughout; there are also fans for hot weather. We provide all linen, towels, logs and firelighters, washing up liquid and sundries, bin bags, soap/shower gel, tea, coffee, sugar and milk.
Testimonials from our Visitor Book:
“Lovely well equipped cosy cottage; enjoyed very much; wish we'd stayed longer...”- Chris, Sep 2012
“Lovely cottage, warm and cosy and very well equipped. Thanks for a good 2 weeks in a fine place”- Gill & Chris, Sep 2012
"Peaceful cottage, great location, unbelievably well equipped, warm & cosy"- Chris & Janet, Notts, July 2011
“Excellent location, lovely cottage, provided everything you could possibly want and more. Lovely walks and scenery”- Debbie & Peter, June 2012
“Thank you so much for a perfect weekend in Sparth Cottage. You had everything ready for us and the Xmas decorations were the icing on the cake!”- Simon & Karla, Dec 2012
“Lovely cottage in a stunning location. Every need was provided for. A fantastic stay, so much so that we decided to move to Marsden!”- Matt & Rosemary, Nov 2011
"A delightful cottage which is well equipped and has beautiful walks along the canal. Very comfortable and easy to access from Huddersfield. Will be looking for excuses to come back in the near future"- Joe & Belinda & Bessy Dog, Feb 2013
"Thankyou for a great week in Sparth Cottage, we've enjoyed every minute. Perfect in every way!! You've thought of everything"- Tom, Dale & Willow, Australia, May 2013
"A lovely cottage! We loved the walks and beautiful scenery that surrounded us.... it's been a great getaway weekend. Thank you!"- Sobia, Tom & baby Yousef, June 2013
"We had such a lovely, relaxing time at Sparth Cottage- we feel sorry to leave. Lovely cottage with such a wonderfully well-equipped kitchen. ... it's a gorgeous spot, we had a great time. Oh and a great book collection"- Tom, Kate & Elise, July 2013
"Thankyou for a most wonderful stay at your beautiful cottage. The cottage is really homely and has everything you need and more.... we will be recommending this cottage and will definitely be back"- Jenny, Danny, Eileen, Oct 2013
"Thankyou for a fantastic stay at your lovely cottage. Had a great time and will return"- Gerrard, Mary, Nicole & Robert, Nov 2013
"Thankyou so much. We had a wonderful stay at your beautiful cottage. It is superbly equipped and the Christmas decorations were a super surprise.."- Clare, Steven & Beryl the Boxer, Dec 2013
"A lovely week's break in your great cottage.... thanks for letting us stay"- Nicola & Adrian & Lucy the Dog, Feb 2014
"Kitchen- brilliantly equipped... Bedroom- gorgeous & great mattress... great library of books and games... birdlife- delightful... location- outstanding... thankyou and look forward to coming back.... "- Paul, Angela, Tilly & Molly- Mar 2014
"Lovely location, beautiful views and walks"- The Downings, April 2014
|Size||Sleeps up to 4, 2 bedrooms|
|Will consider||Corporate bookings, Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Access||Car not necessary|
|Nearest Amenities||1.1 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Manchester 40 km, Nearest railway: Marsden 1.3 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages|
|Notes||Pets welcome, Yes, smoking allowed|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Log fire, DVD player|
|General||Central heating, TV, CD player, Safe|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||2 bedrooms, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms|
|Furniture||Single beds (2), Double beds (1), Cots (1), Dining seats for 4, Lounge seats for 4|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
Northern England region
The cottage is adjacent to woodlands and a reservoir. There are beautiful walks directly from the cottage along the canal and in the woods (which support wild deer). Birds which have been spotted include kingfishers and woodpeckers.
Marsden- Pretty village with a variety of shops and pubs including the Riverhead Pub and Restaurant (own brewery) . Film location for “Where the Heart Is” (and occassionally “The League Of Gentemen”!) . Three annual festivals: Imbolc (Feb), Cuckoo Day (April) and Marsden Jazz Festival (Oct).
Olive Branch restaurant- 5 minutes walk away, awarded AA rosette
White Hart restaurant, in the Good Food Guide, 10 minutes drive.
Standedge Visitor Centre- Describing the history of Britain's longest canal tunnel, including boat trips- 5 minute drive.
National Trust Marsden Moor Estate- Huge area of unspoilt Pennine moorland and valleys surrounding Marsden
Holmfirth- film location for “Last Of The Summer Wine” - 15 minute drive.
Eureka Children's Museum- Named Number One in The Independent's 10 best hands-on museums, "a magical place where children play to learn and grown-ups learn to play"- 30 minute drive
National Coal Mining Museum- An adventure 140m underground - 41-acre site - galleries and interactive displays, underground tour led by ex-miners- 30 minute drive
National Media Museum- Free museum devoted to film, photography, TV, radio, gaming and the web - open everyday (10am-6pm). Also home to Yorkshire's only IMAX cinema.35 minute drive.
Yorkshire Sculpture Park- Four indoor galleries and 500 acres of 18th century parkland, an international centre for modern and contemporary art- 40 minute drive
Bronte Parsonage Museum- Home to the world's most famous literary family from 1820 to 1861 - rooms filled with furniture, clothes and personal possessions - displays are changed annually- 50 minute drive
The cities of Leeds, Manchester, Bradford are 35 minutes on the train, or a 45 minute drive.
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16 Mar 2014
"Amazing in the snow"
Walking back from Marsden in the snow, the sight of Sparth Cottage from the canal towpath was magical. Inside is just the haven of warmth and comforts needed for a winter break. The master bedroom is… More
25 Feb 2014
"A Winter Oasis!"
This was our fifth visit to Sparth Cottage (from memory!) and the latest in terms of time of year. The weather was on the wet & wild side especially on the Saturday night, but as always the cottage pr… More
18 Feb 2014
"Comfortable warm cottage in nice walking location"
Just got back from a lovely week in this cottage. Prior to going we looked at the weather forecast and saw rain, cold and gales but any worries about this weren't justified as the cottage is war… More
Re your comment on the shower head- I wasn't that keen on it either! We have now fitted a new, "traditional" style shower, which has also improved the water pressure
3 Feb 2014
"Warm and cozy"
We've stayed at Sparth Cottage twice, both times in winter. (I won't tell you why because I don't want a lot of competition for the cottage on that particular weekend!) We love it becau… More
5 Jan 2014
"Cosy, welcoming and beautifully equipped cottage"
Had a fabulous three day break at Sparth Cottage. Despite an awful 8 hour journey on arrival we were delighted to find a very cosy cottage waiting for us. Tea, coffee and mince pies were waiting for u… More
22 Nov 2013
"Cosy, comfortable cottage in great location."
This is the second time we had stayed at Sparth Cottage. The location is great; we enjoyed lovely walks along the canal tow path, and the property is sufficiently far away from the centre of Marsden a… More
30 Oct 2013
"Attractive, clean and well equipped cottage"
Sparth Cottage has a lovely feel to it. Upstairs there is a good sized double room, a second bedroom with bunk beds, a toy chest (toys for toddlers to about 4 years) and children's books, and a s… More
Thanks for the comments- we have now fitted a new shower head which has improved the water pressure
26 Oct 2013
A beautiful cottage set in wonderful industrial heritage landscape. With the canal and feeder pond just a few steps away with the tow path leading to Slaithwaite in one direction and historic Marsden … More
21 Oct 2013
"Fantastic weekend meeting up with old and new friends"
Very easy to find and very well positioned for both Marsden, Slaithwaite, Holmfirth and Huddersfield.Really cosy with biscuits, coffee, tea and milk waiting for us after a long drive up.Apart from som… More
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