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Tyas Cottage, a combined cottage and barn, is one of 3 properties within an isolated hamlet in Merrydale, near Slaithwaite and Marsden. The other two houses are in permanent occupation. It was here , in the early sixteen hundreds, that the first water powered mill in the Colne Valley was built.
As you can see on the aerial photograph, the hamlet is surrounded by "free-to-roam" woodland and fields. Deer live in the woods, and are occasionally seen in the early mornings. Our nearest village, Slaithwaite, is about a twenty minutes walk away.
Secluded, within Merrydale, a sheltered valley, Tyas Cottage is adjacent to an ancient, cobbled pack horse road. The abundant natural birdlife of this local beauty spot includes kingfishers, herons and sparrow hawks.
In addition to the private patio there is a large shared, award winning garden that includes a mill pond, stream and waterfall.
The quality of the furnishings, mainly antiques, can be appreciated from the photos, but special mention must be made of the Georgian mahogany 4 poster bed with its wooden carved ceiling. The heron is a regular visitor, but this summer the kingfisher is only visiting us occasionally.Views into Scout Wood
How satisfying to be able to welcome guests with grapes from the vine that grows on Tyas Cottage!
In spring the woodpeckers' rattle can often be heard above the background sound of falling water
One of the sculptural vessels that Brian Fell has lent to us
Also courtesy of Brian Fell, "Madame" awaits at the bottom of the shared garden.
Ladybird poppies link to the species
nasturtium (in shared garden).
Sour dough gift
As an enthusiastic bread maker, it would be a great pleasure to give interested guests some of my sourdough starter (given to me by our local Handmade Bakery - it comes from Finland and has been kept going since 1970!).