Self Catering in Yorkshire - Hebden Bridge

May Cottage
Hebden Bridge

May Cottage, Hebden Bridge, Yorkshire
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Pricing From: £258.00 - 409.00

This 18th century, Grade II listed, end-terraced cottage on the banks of the Rochdale Canal near Hebden Bridge, can sleep three people in two bedrooms.

May Cottage is a wonderful holiday home, situated on the banks of the Rochdale Canal, one mile from Hebden Bridge. The cottage is a Grade II listed, 18th century cottage with a double bedroom, a single room and a bathroom on the first floor and an open plan living space on the ground floor. This space includes a sitting area with a woodburner set into a feature fireplace, a kitchen and a dining area, and outside there is an enclosed courtyard with furniture and roadside parking is 1 min walk away. In a great spot for walking and cycling, and uncovering the history of the nearby towns and villages, May Cottage is a lovely holiday base, all year round.


Booked this for five nights in February. Firstly, we really appreciated that the property was available for us after the terrible flooding in the area on Boxing Day. Almost every other building around us was either uninhabited or in the process of being refurbished. In contrast, May Cottage is very well decorated and, if they did have any damage, they've done a fantastic job in getting it back on the market. The cottage is nice and compact with wood floors downstairs and carpeting upstairs except for the wood floors in the bathroom. We loved the location on the canal and it's only a 20 min walk into Hebden Bridge along the canal path (which can be muddy so take some boots). That said, it is on the main road between Burnley and Halifax and so there's pretty much constant noise from traffic all day. Because of the location between the road and the canal, this isn't the kind of place you'd bring young children. There were a few things that made our stay less pleasant than we'd have liked and, unfortunately, these were key to an enjoyable stay. The first was the bed which slopes into the centre leaving me with a painful back each morning unless I was very careful to sleep a certain way. Couple that with the road noise and it's easy to see why getting a lie in was difficult. The second was the heating. We spent many hours in bed upstairs because we just couldn't get the living area warm even with the two radiators on full blast and the stove going the best we could get it going. Thankfully, we read comments from others in the guest book about how to use the portable thermostat and so could at least get upstairs warm. Getting downstairs above about 18 or 19 degrees in the evening was impossible so we spent a lot of time under blankets, even using the duvet from the spare room to keep cosy. Finally, and I think this is something that really needs sorting, we found it really hard to get the bathroom plumbing to work well enough for consistent showers and baths. The taps on the bath have to be turned off very hard to stop water coming out and the lever to turn between shower and bath is broken off making it hard to move and even harder to know which is which the first time you turn it on. My wife didn't appreciate a wet head the first time! When in the shower you're battling between too hot and too cold and running a bath takes ages because, if you run it quickly, you only get tepid water. We called the landlords for help with this the first night and they told us that because of the water pressure into the property the flow is too fast for the boiler unless you slow the water down. Well, we have mains pressure into our house in the northeast and our Worcester boiler doesn't bat an eyelid and pours out lovely hot water all the time. Maybe the boiler needs upgrading. We did manage some baths but, as we had to run the water so slowly, we had trouble keeping the bath water hot and it took ages to fill. Finally, it's really hard not to get water on the floor when you have a shower and when you wash up in the kitchen. Because of the way the surfaces aren't true, water flows over the edge of the bath and even through the shower curtain as well as down the cupboard side in the kitchen. We tried our best! We enjoyed our stay but it's unlikely that we'd stay again or recommend the cottage to anyone as there are so many others to choose from out there.

I felt very comfortable in May Cottage. The property has been done up very nicely with minimal d?cor so it doesn't feel cluttered. The shower was particularly nice and just in general the facilities are very high standard for a rental cottage, including a nice big telly for rainy days and lazy nights in.
Ms Robertson

The Cottage was beautifully decorated, lots of added little extras to make the trip special. We appreciated the tourist guides and leaflets which helped us make the most of the trip! We would definitely stay here again.
Miss Robinson

I visited this cottage with a friend for a week to relax and explore the countryside. The cottage itself was beautiful- decorated to a very high standard, had everything you needed including lots of kitchen equipment, very clean and we felt very at home here. The cottage was a little difficult to find at first although the owners do give thorough directions on how to get here by car- we came by train and the taxi driver wasn't sure how to find it. Once you are there the location is lovely- canal view from the back of the house and it is tucked away in a square so minimal traffic noise and very peaceful. There are a couple of shops a few minutes walk away which are open early until late, which was very handy. Easy to access a lot of different places from the location- would be easier if you had a car as some bus services are infrequent but we managed to visit everywhere we wanted without one. Lots of useful information left in the cottage for us including attractions and walks, as well as a folder from the owners on how to work everything in the house. I can't think of anything bad to say about the place, would definitely recommend!
Emily R

Me and my partner stayed for a week in the cottage and it was such a pleasant experience. It has a gorgeous view over the canal and was quiet and peaceful. The location is lovely and the cottage has lots of character. It is well equipped and we will definitely be returning!!!
Chloe E

Services / Facilities:

Gas central heating with woodburning stove. Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge, washing machine, TV with Freeview, DVD, CD/radio, WiFi, selection of books, games and DVDs. Fuel, power and starter pack for stove inc. in rent. Bed linen and towels inc. in rent. Roadside parking 1 min walk away. Bike storage. Enclosed courtyard with furniture and small front paved garden. Sorry, no pets and no smoking. Shop 1 min walk, pub 3 mins walk. Railway station 20 mins walk. Note: Cottage has steep and uneven stone internal stairs. Note: Cottage very close to Rochdale canal, children to be supervised. Note: Cottage set 25 yards from main road behind another row of houses. Minimal noise may be heard.

Changeover Day


Single Beds: 1
Double Beds: 1

Further Amenities:
Linen provided
Towels provided
Washing Machine

Approximate Location

Map is approximate and should only be used to get a rough idea of the cottage location.

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Nearest Attractions

Heritage Rated from 1- 5 (low-exceptional) on historic interest

Hardcastle Crags - 2.5 miles (Countryside) Heritage Rating

Gibson's Mill - 3 miles (Historic Building) Heritage Rating

Copley, St Stephen's Church - 5.2 miles (Historic Church) Heritage Rating

Halifax, All Souls Church - 5.3 miles (Historic Church) Heritage Rating

Top Withens - 5.8 miles (Historic Building) Heritage Rating

Bronte Parsonage Museum - 6.9 miles (Museum) Heritage Rating

Haworth, St Michael's Church - 6.9 miles (Historic Church) Heritage Rating

Towneley Hall Art Gallery and Museum - 9.9 miles (Museum) Heritage Rating

National Media Museum - 10.4 miles (Museum) Heritage Rating

Colour Experience - 10.4 miles (Museum) Heritage Rating

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