A lot of thought and imagination has obviously gone into making Sparth cottage such a comfortable and welcoming place to stay. Judging by the reviews left in the guest book at the cottage, previous visitors feel the same way.
The cottage itself is very nicely furnished and decorated with attractive pictures and wall hangings. The kitchen is fully equipped with everything needed for making something as simple as a packed lunch or three course meal given the inclination to do that!
The main bedroom has a very comfortable double bed with memory foam mattress, and the second bedroom with bunk beds is just gorgeous! The owners of the cottage obviously have experience of children and the things that inspire and ignite their imaginations.
Outside the cottage is surrounded by beautiful hills and moorland higher up. It is very close to a small reservoir, to the canal and a river; all of which make the area very lush and green. Although I expect the moorland higher up is much drier.
There are many lovely walks in the area. During my week's stay I walked twice along the canal to Slaithwaite (pronounced Slough-it locally) where there are some lovely places for coffee and/or lunch etc. Try the Vanilla Bean, Ashbys or the Little Bridge cafe bar which has a beautiful verandah seating area overlooking the river.
The little town of Marsden is very pretty but also fascinating with its lovely stone buildings and the old Mill buildings which add great character to the place.
The Riversmeet pub is an idyllic spot for drinks and food right by the river at the bottom of Peel Street.
The cafe at Standedge visitor centre also does excellent coffee and fruit scones!
The cottage is an ideal Base for day trips further afield. I did not have a car but there is a very good rail network with connections far and wide from Huddersfield (6-7 miles) and Manchester Victoria stations.
All in all I had a wonderful weekend, and was quite sorry to have to leave and return home to Somerset. I would definitely love to stay again.
A lovely well equipped cottage on outskirts of Marsden. A rural setting with lakes canals and interesting walks. All very relaxing.
We had a lovely stay for 3 nights at Sparth Cottage. It was clean, tidy, with a good selection of books, maps and DVDs relating to the area. It's so quiet you'd think you were in the middle of nowhere, but in reality you've got everything on the doorstep. We'll definitely be back.
Sparth cottage is beautifully situated next to the Sparth reservoir and the canal, and beyond the distant views of the moors will make you want to head for the hills. There are wonderful walks from the cottage, so no need to drive out somewhere. Marsden is very much a walkers are welcome kind of place. The cottage is warm, cosy and very comfortable and great to relax in after a day out. It is very quiet and we still have much more to explore so we'll be back. We loved it!
If a quiet and peaceful stone cottage in the heart of the pennine hills, nicely isolated but not too far from town appeals to you, then Sparth cottage is the ideal location. Set in a picture perfect spot overlooking canal and lake and fabulously surrounded by hills, you will only be a 10-15min walk from the lovely old town of Marsden with its thriving shops and pubs, It is the perfect base for walking,exploring Marsden and the surrounding area or just simply relaxing in the countryside. The cottage itself is really well catered for if you just decided to stay and take in the atmosphere and views. You might decide to bird watch. Binoculars, note book and outside bird feeder are provided. The kitchen is really well stocked with utensils if you fancied cooking up a hearty feast, The living room, with its comfy sofa and chairs,wide range of dvds and books, alot based on local knowledge, will make it difficult to want to venture out from this cozy, comfortable and beautiful cottage. Theres even a log burner fire, Upstairs you;ll have no problems getting a good nights sleep in the quiet comfortable bedrooms, both across from the bathroom. All in all, a fantastic stay in the depths of a wintery February, anytime of the year would be great to stay. The cottage is wonderful and we were made to feel very welcome. There is no doubt we will definately go back.
Set next to a reservoir and canal, complete with lock gates, the cottage is a 10-15 minute walk along the tow path from Marsden but feels quite rural. There is a small, enclosed yard at the front, useful for letting the dog out in the morning. The walking from the door is fab so, once arrived, we didn't bother with the car again until we left. There's also a brilliant pub, The Rose and Crown, on Cop Hill to the north that is well worth the steep 25 minute walk, or is a 5 minute drive. The cottage was lovely and warm when we arrived and the heating was easy to control when the warmth needed a little boost. There's also a log burner with enough logs etc for at least one lighting. The kitchen is pleasant and very well equipped. The double bed is very hard so bring a spare duvet as a mattress topper if you have achy bones. All in all a lovely place in a great area - recommended!
2nd visit to sparth cottage, clean & cosy, lovely comfy bed, slept like a log, national coal mine at Overton worth visit, went on Kirklees Light Railway, & many walks around area, Well done Lorna, your cottage does you proud, will return again !
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