Granville House in Bell Busk is a self catering holiday cottage that welcomes up to 6 people. You will be staying in a gorgeous 400 year old farmhouse (a Yorkshire laithe) on the old pack horse route from Gargrave to Settle on the edge of the Yorkshire Dales National Park near Malham in Malhamdale.
You will enjoy luxury, spacious, characterful and comfortable accommodation with panoramic pastural views. If the sun is shining in Bell Busk it will shine on Granville House from sunrise until the sun sets. Granville House has become a popular location for gatherings of families, friends, bridal groups and honeymoons.
This is tranquility realised, you will love it from the moment you arrive, a hidden gem that will leave you feeling happier and healthier with style. A paradise for nature lovers and gardeners, for walkers and cyclists, the Pennine way and cycle route 68 are just down the lane. This is farming country and England at its best. It will be as tranquil or bustling as you want it to be. The country side is beautiful and uncrowded but good facilities are within easy reach. Granville House is ideally located with easy access onto fast roads or country lanes.
You will find everything you need for a relaxing short break or month long holiday.
You will have 3 bedrooms to choose from; a large master room with en-suite and king size 4 poster, a large double and a large twin with desk and height adjustable chair. There is a house bathroom with a roll top bath big enough for two.
The kitchen and dining room is open plan and is a great sociable space. The hand built bespoke wooden kitchen has been described as a cooks dream with good quality equipment, and an Aga so the house is always warm and cosey. In this room, there is a piano and guitar with sheet music, books, magazines, radio, I POD dock and WiFi . The sitting room has a TV with 'free to air' satellite channels, magazines, books, games and a log burner. You will even have central heating, double glazing, hot or cold running water, electricity, an iron and a hairdryer.
There is an information folder in the kitchen which clearly explains how to work everything and you will have your very own mini tourist information centre to hand with leaflets and organised folders to help you plan your perfect holiday.
The gardens are pretty and spacious with well stocked borders, tables and chairs. We provide picnic blankets too, but there is an unfenced deep pond and an unfenced drop into the car park at the back so children must be supervised at all times. Malham Cove and Haw Crag can be seen from the back garden. The garden at the front is smaller and safer with a nice view of the church spire and the little viaduct over which steam trains can be seen if you are lucky. We provide bird seed for the bird table.
You can enjoy a private entrance and off road private parking for 3 cars, but you must promise to close the gates to keep out the nosey sheep and cows.
In the surrounding fields, depending on the time of year, you will see spring lambs being born or gambling and pronking about, you may also see calves being born up until mid autumn.
Bell Busk is a sleepy ancient hamlet, in a conservation area alongside the upper reaches of the River Aire and Otterburn Beck. It was once the main terminus for the Dales when we had a railway station and silk mill. Before that the Romans were here walking up and down our lane. There are lots of things to do round here with walks and cycle trails straight from your door. There are otters in the rivers, spot the king fishers too. At dusk, step outside to see bats and owls and then study the night sky without light pollution. The aurora can be seen from the top of Haw Crag during solar flares.
We provide you with some local history about 'Granny House' and some information about Bell Busk and Coniston Cold in your welcome folder. In the kitchen you will find a vast collection of information helping you to plan your day trips.
Bell Busk forms part of the Coniston Hall Estate with opportunities for swimming, spa treatments, archery, falconry, off roading, clay pigeon shooting, fly fishing or just eating and drinking in the bars and restaurants, relaxing next to the log fire looking out over the lake.
You can walk or cycle from the door, The Pennine Way is just a few hundred yards to the North.
Gargrave is a 2 mile walk along a very gentle pretty lane or a 5 minute trip in the car. You will find an excellent Co-op with good bread and fine wines, an award winning Indian restaurant, excellent fish and chip shop, 4 antique shops, 2 gastro pubs, the Pennine way and remains of our Roman road submerged by the river but clearly visible. The local post office and pharmacy are there too.
The Yorkshire Dales National Park is on your doorstep with pretty places to visit such as, Malham Cove, Gordale Scar,Janet's Foss, Aysgarth Falls, Yockenthwaite, and Ingleton Falls
Try some of the best hill walking England has to offer on Ingleborough, Pen Y Ghent, Whernside or Pendle Hill, we provide a Malhamdale walk book and a Dales walk book that offer a variety of easy to difficult walks.
The AONB of The Forest of Bowland is just down the road with the famous Trough of Bowland and Gisburn Forest which is excellent for mountain biking.
You can wander round the picturesque villages of Aireton, Linton, Hetton, Grassington, Malham, Kettlewell, Haworth, Hawes, Kirkby Lonsdale, Clapham, Ingleton, Pateley Bridge and Embsay. We shall tell you where our favourite pubs and tea shops are once you are here. If you are coming to shop, then do it in style in Skipton, Settle, Ilkley, Clitheroe, Harrogate, Ripon, Leeds and York.
Skipton is our nearest town. Skipton is ancient and boasts a medieval castle, canal, river, 4 day market, and a museum with Shakespeare's First Folio.
For nature lovers, we provide you with bird seed so you can sit and watch our visitors with ease, we can lend you our bat detector too and if you want to see the salmon leaping then come and visit in October, they leap up the Ribble at Stainforth Force
For geologists we have an example of just about every geological feature within a 20 mile radius, there are coral islands, faults, basins, hills, valleys, glacial moraine, erratics, caves, mines, quarries and rivers, the last ice age was here.
For the archaeologists we have collected some leaflets that will guide you on local walks and we recommend a visit to the Hoffmann Kiln at Langcliffe.
For those of you interested in Victorian mills and towns, we have the finest example of its kind at Saltaire, just 40minutes in the car.
If trains are your thing, then look no further, there is a steam train that runs from Embsay to Bolton Abbey. There are a lot of steam trains on the Keighley and Worth Valley Railway, so take a ride up to Haworth to have a look at where the Brontes lived. The nearby village of Hellifield provides the gateway station for the famous Settle to Carlisle Railway, described as the most beautiful train journey in England. The famous Ribblehead viaduct is not far away. Sometimes the steam engines puff along over the little Bell Busk viaduct while you are watching from the comfort of your armchair. The famous cardboard railway model kits are made in Bell Busk.
If you are interested in ruins then it's worth visiting Bolton Abbey, Bardon Tower, Fountains Abbey, Jervaulx Abbey and Rievaulx Abbey.