I’ve just spent a couple of months living at Rough Top, getting away from my usual more urban life. I arrived in damp early April to find the cottage warm and welcoming after a long drive. Spotlessly clean, well-furnished and with great views – Rough Top was just what I wanted and the owners too were welcoming and considerate of my wish to live there with as little interruption as possible. The cottage is far enough away from nearby settlements to feel remote without being so isolated as to be in any way scary to a town-dweller. It’s an easy drive into Burnley for larger ‘mainstream’ shops but mostly I shopped locally in Hebden Bridge (about 15 minutes drive). I had lots of visitors while I was staying; the kitchen is big enough and well-equipped to feed a group of seven or eight and there is a good supply of games, books and DVDs in the living room to keep visitors amused. For walkers, the cottage is ideally situated – you can walk to the Bridestones, to Heptonstall or down into Todmorden from the house and there’s a useful bus service from Hebden Bridge (as far as Blackshaw Head) if you’re too tired to walk all the way back up. Hebden Bridge has good rail links to Manchester, Leeds and York too, so is a good base for sightseeing generally. And if all that’s a bit too energetic, you can just sit on the patio on a sunny afternoon, look at the ponies and the sheep, gaze across to the monument at Stoodley Pike, watch the swallows wheeling round the cottage roof and listen to the curlews’ cries ... lovely!!!
This is a lovely cosy cottage set in beautiful countryside, with wonderful walks right from the doorstep. The cottage was immaculately clean and well equipped, with many thoughtful touches, not least of which was a delicious cream tea on arrival. Nearby Hebden Bridge is friendly and vibrant and a great place to enjoy a coffee or a meal. The market sells great local produce, and Hardcastle Crags is well worth a visit. We had a perfect week and will definitely be coming back.
Holiday got off to a good start with the homemade scones and clotted cream welcome gift. The cottage has everything you need and is very comfortable. The dog friendly garden was useful. The cottage is well placed for daytrips to interesting places. We managed to fit in trips to Haworth, Hebdon Bridge, Blackpool, the Science and Media Museum in Bradford and the David Hockney exhibition. I would have no hesitation in recommending this cottage to others.
We had a great short break in this lovely cottage. It had everything we needed and was scrupulously clean. The owner was very friendly as well. The location is stunning. The view of the sunset from the cottage's terraced area is amazing! Plenty of walks yet close to hebden bridge. The local stone formations are amazing. If you want to get to them come out of the cottage and go right until you come across a small car park by a disused pub, cross over and walk down a short path/road. The stones are amazing and well worth a visit. We definitely recommend the cottage and would go back again.
We have just spent a week at this lovely cottage with wonderful views. The cottage was nicely furnished and had everything you needed. It was handy having the downstairs bedroom and bathroom as well for people who struggle with the stairs. There is a patio area to sit at and watch the sunsets on a nice evening. Lots of space is provided for parking several cars. The owners are very helpful with any questions. There are plenty of places to visit locally such as Hebden Bridge, Haworth, Keighley and Worth Railway. We took our dog who enjoyed the local walks, especially Hardcastle Craggs and Bridestones. We would definitely visit again and recommend to others.
As soon as we arrived the owner told us the builders will be arriving the next morning to finish turning this detached property into 2 semidetached properties as their daughter is going to be living there. Not what you want to hear when you came away for a quiet break. Fortunately he saw sense and rearranged for them to come after our holiday. We booked this cottage because we have 2 big dogs, one of them elderly. Looking at an ordnance survey map we could see a footpath right down the side of the cottage and also a bridleway about 50 yards down the road as we need somewhere close to the cottage to walk them as the elderly dog struggles to get in and out of cars. I should mention the road past the cottage is like a race track for cars and motorbikes, some passing the cottage at over 100mph, so it is very dangerous to walk along with 2 dogs. The aforementioned footpaths no longer exist, no signs, gates or stiles either...so we tried the bridleway. The man in the first house along the bridleway had chained the gate and laid planks and ladders across the path to create some sort of obstacle course. This is illegal on a bridleway as it is for use by horses, bicycles and walkers. Makes you feel sort of unwelcome. Our elderly dog couldn't get over the barricades so we ended up going back to the house to take them somewhere in the car. We had to do this every day because we couldn't take them for a walk straight from the door. Not exactly the fault of the cottage owners, although they should look into why these paths are inaccessible, but just a heads up for anyone else booking this property and expecting to be able to walk with your dog from the door. As the road is very dangerous I also wouldn't recommend staying there if your dog is the curious/energetic kind that will squeeze through gates or hop over stone walls as that is all there is to keep them from this fast road. Never assume the gate is closed either as the owners gave a habit of turning up unnanounced too.
Can't fault the cottage asides from wifi signal not strong enough to work in the living room and the showers being very poor, with very little water pressure it was more like standing under a dribbling tap. It was however well equipped, clean and tidy. The upland views were spoiled by wind turbines everywhere you look and the hillsides were littered with eyesores. Compared to the dark peak area of the Peak District you will find this part of West Yorkshire is a lot less photogenic so we spent most of our time down in the valley walking round hebden bridge or over at Haworth where the scenery is a lot nicer.
We have stayed at many different dog friendly cottages in England and Wales and sorry to say this one comes bottom of the list. We won't be going back to this cottage again and especially as it is no longer detached or private with the owner living in the same building.
I'd highly recommend Rough Top cottage. It's great accommodation in a beautiful area. The owners are very friendly.