Dalesend Cottages in the Finals Race for the 2016 Yorkshire White Rose Tourism Awards
Welcome to Yorkshire has announced that Dalesend Cottages are among the six finalists in the self-catering category for the 2016 White Rose Awards where the finest cottages in the whole of Yorkshire vie for the winner’s enclosure.
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Not since 1945, when the last northern-trained racehorse, Dante, to win the most epic British horse-racing trophy of all, the Derby, was owned and ridden by a former owner of Patrick Brompton Hall, William Billy Nevett, has the old house and its luxurious new neighbours, Dalesend Cottages, felt such excitement.
The owners have created four stunning self-catering cottages from the Grade II listed stable block whilst keeping the equestrian theme running throughout the development. One cottage, Tack Room, now has a private hot tub included in the booking price.
Too often historic conversions leave little of their past but Dalesend Cottages leave you in no doubt as to their roots. As the former home of this quality Derby winner in 1945, Charles and Emma have mixed the stable block’s equine past with the quality such a winner would expect. One cottage has statement pieces of horse tack on the walls, there is equestrian art, and all the cottages have equestrian names. Whilst Nevitt lived at the Hall, celebrities such as George Forman were frequent visitors, reputed to be the Queen’s favourite musicians adding a touch of flair to this rather special historic house nestling in an 18th century private parkland setting in brilliant Yorkshire. Today, holidaying guests enjoy this hidden gem, nestling at the foot of Wensleydale, and wonder round the 25-acre park, relax in lovely cottages with hot tubs and immerse themselves in a first-class setting.
Guests also enjoy complimentary wood supplies for the cottage log burners and biomass heating and hot water, ensuring they are cosy whatever the weather and ensuring the cottages have remained popular during winter months. By choosing contemporary fixtures and fittings, then adding antiques, Persian rugs, beautiful lamps and mirrors into the mix thereby complimenting the old-beamed rooms of the building, they have created a unique holiday accommodation experience, often sought out by honeymooners and couples celebrating special birthdays and anniversaries.
Charles was born in Patrick Brompton Hall and after his parents wanted to downsize, moved in with Emma and their three children. The creation of four cottages for couples, created out of redundant space in a stable block that once housed horses, grooms, tack and hay, has reinvigorated a lovely old building and now supports tourism in the area by drawing visitors to Wensleydale all year round. Charles said ‘The original stables in the cottages still house the family horses during inclement weather and guests often enjoy seeing the horses being groomed or fed whilst holidaying here.’
Charles and Emma hope that Dalesend Cottages will be odds-on contenders in the final furlongs of the award ceremony to be held in Harrogate in November where the winner of the category will be announced, and bring back a trophy for Patrick Brompton Hall to add to the one Dante brought Middleham and Northern England, in 1945.
New romantic canopy for Tack Room with Hot Tub