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Upper Highlees Farm

(Ref. 966878)

Midgley near Luddenden, Yorkshire Dales - South Show on map


Sykes rating

  • 4 Guests

  • 2 Bedrooms

  • 1 Bathroom

  • Pets Yes


  • Off road parking
  • Open fire
  • Garden / Patio
  • Cot available
  • Dishwasher
  • Broadband / WiFi

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56 Customer Reviews

  • "The cottage is very well equipped and comfortable."

    Wonderful location with lots to see and do in the area. Abounding with beautiful walks from the door.

    Reviewed by Rachel5.0May 2024

  • "Spectacular views across valley, truly unique."

    Very clean and comfortable. Owners are next door but not intrusive. A nice welcome pack on arrival. We enjoyed our stay and hope to return one day. Would recommend.

    Reviewed by Kathy5.0May 2024

  • "The location of the property was excellent."

    The views were lovely. It was centrak to all the places I wanted to visit The cottage would benefit from some updating an example would be to put a walk in shower in the bathroom instead of a bath, as the bathroom is small.

    Reviewed by Adriana4.1Apr 2024

  • "Beautiful cottage in a stunning location."

    Friendly greeting from the owner and a lovely little welcome pack to greet us.

    Reviewed by Ian5.0Mar 2024

  • "Fabulous roomy cottage with fantastic views of the valley in an amazing location ..."

    Fabulous roomy cottage with fantastic views of the valley in an amazing location Spotlessly clean lots of facilities and even board games if the weather is not favorable The host was helpful and obliging Would highly recommend this cottage We will definitely be visiting again

    Reviewed by Melanie5.0Feb 2024

  • "Beautiful cosy cottage in a fantastic setting with panoramic views to die for."

    Spotlessly clean with everything (and more) supplied that you would require. My only niggle was the difficulty reaching the bath taps due to the fixed shower screen especially if your arms aren't the longest! Would definitely recommend.

    Reviewed by Catherine4.7Sep 2023

  • "Very cosy cottage,well equipped and a lovely welcome pack"

    Reviewed by Jane5.0May 2023

  • "This is a lovely well maintained property set in the hills around Halifax and Hebden Bridge with wonderful views of the surrounding countryside."

    There are plenty of walks and places to visit.The owner is next door and easily contactable and even leaves a welcome pack of wine ,bread, eggs ,butter and milk.The beds are comfortable and everything is well organised including the kitchen.

    Reviewed by Neil5.0Apr 2023

  • "Such a wonderful place to stay!"

    Comfortable, clean and very well equipped and the views, wow! wow! wow! Definitely highly recommend staying here

    Reviewed by Deborah5.0Apr 2023

  • "Lovely place beautiful views quiet"

    Reviewed by Stephen5.0Apr 2023

  • "Super holiday cottage with beautiful views!"

    The welcome food pack was really appreciated. Secure front garden for our small dog, there is a low gate across the opening. We enjoyed our first ever geese eggs! Super walks from the cottage and surrounding area. We also loved the reclining sofa when watching television in the evening-great to have Netflix. We hope to return.

    Reviewed by Nicki5.0Mar 2023

  • "The property is excellent, very clean, cosy had every thing that we needed."

    There was even a welcome pack waiting for us which included milk bread even a bottle of wine which was a lovely surprise and very welcome. The views are amazing i would recommend anyone to visit the area and to stay at the cottage.

    Reviewed by Patricia5.0Mar 2023

  • "We thoroughly enjoyed our stay."

    The first time for us in this part of Yorkshire. Beautiful country side. The cosy cottage was very comfortable with a well equipped kitchen. TV channels were limited but had Netflix and Wi-Fi and a good selection of books. We will miss the ducks, geese and chickens and the amazing views. Highlights for us were Haworth and the Brontë Museum, Shibden Hall (book a time slot but allow plenty of time for parking as we could not get in the nearest car park) and the Bankfield Museum (free entrance and costumes from the TV series), and the Piece Hall. Hebden Bridge can get very busy at the weekend and again we had difficulty parking.

    Reviewed by Jennifer5.0Sep 2022

  • "Lovely welcome gifts,cottage has everything you need"

    Reviewed by Susan5.0Aug 2022

  • "The cottage was lovely and the owner lived next door and was very friendly."

    It is set in a beautiful location. We ended up accidently leaving something and the owners were very kind to take it to the post office and send it back to us.

    Reviewed by Amanda5.0Aug 2022

  • "Beautiful cottage in beautiful surroundings."

    Reviewed by Owen5.0Aug 2022

  • "Gorgeous cottage."

    Extremely clean. Breathtaking views. Very practical with our 2 dogs

    Reviewed by Holly5.0Aug 2022

  • "We were made very welcome by the owners."

    The cottage had lovely big rooms and a bonus was the Conservatory with great views over the Calder Valley. Many thanks !

    Reviewed by Susan5.0Jul 2022

  • "Wonderful welcome."

    Helpful. Peaceful. Good cooking equipment.

    Reviewed by Malcolm5.0Jul 2022

  • "Cosy, comfortable, well equipped."

    The welcome pack was very appreciated. The view was to die for.

    Reviewed by Barbara5.0Jun 2022

  • "Lovely cottage, clean and every amenity you would wish for."

    Lovely welcome pack, which you don't get in a lot of in self-catering accommodation, so that was really welcome and a nice touch. The views from the cottage are 'to die for.' The owners were lovely people and very helpful. Couldn't ask for more.

    Reviewed by Jennifer5.0Jun 2022

  • "Really enjoyed our week at Ivy Cottage, 4 of us and our shih tzu Molly."

    Owners lived next door and were more than happy to answer my questions of where to go in the area. Everything everyone could need was at hand. Fantastic welcome pack. Bread butter milk tea coffee sugar and milk. Plus a bottle of wine. Not sure why people moan about no washing machine, there is a dish washer but I never used it. Fantastic views peaceful plus you can buy eggs from the entrance to the drive, honesty box in place.came home with hen,duck and goose eggs. No complaints or moans from me.

    Reviewed by Susan5.0Mar 2022

  • "Nice cottage."

    Clean and relatively well equipped. It would have been useful to have a little more local information but perhaps Covid restricted use of tourist pamphlets etc. Would stay again Thank you

    Reviewed by Lesley4.1Dec 2021

  • "I had a very comfortable and quiet week here in December."

    The owners were very friendly and helpful. The cottage was clean and the kitchen was well-equipped with a great starter pack (useful because I had forgotten some essentials). The views are fantastic across the valley and with plenty of footpaths nearby it would be a great place for visiting in the spring or summer.

    Reviewed by Guy5.0Dec 2021

  • "The property is lovely."

    The views are exceptional. The suite in the lounge has been updated and is now a comfortable brown leather, with double reclining couch. The main bed is very comfortable, but it only has a double quilt. I brought my king-size quilt in, because I find a double quilt on a double bed is not big enough. And the mattress protector and sheet were very tight and kept moving in the night - they were a bit of a nuisance. The kitchen is well-equipped, but some things are missing like foil or cling film, or tongs. They may not be a problem for most. And I was surprised that there is no washing machine, with it being walking country. The bathroom was very clean, but the grout and sealant need replacing all around. The front garden was fairly secure for my little dog, although more adventurous ones would jump the low fence. And I would plead with other guests to please pick up after your dog. I picked up lots of mess that had been left. The rear yard is not enclosed and my dog decided to explore and ended up in someone's garden at the end of the block! All in all, a very nice place in a lovely setting. Would recommend.

    Reviewed by Katy5.0Nov 2021

  • "Great cottage,friendly hosts,a good base for seeing the sights of West Yorkshire."

    Reviewed by Ronald5.0Oct 2021

  • "The listing doesn't do just to the fabulous location of this property."

    The views and close proximity to the moors make it a very special place. We received a warm but unobtrusive welcome from the owners - as well as their chickens and cats! A little slice of heaven.

    Reviewed by Jon4.4Sep 2021

  • "Fabulous holiday cottage in an amazing location."

    The host was welcoming and friendly and provided a lock little welcome pack. I’d totally recommend it for either a short or longer break.

    Reviewed by Libby5.0Sep 2021

  • "The cottage was excellent in all respects but it is worth making a comment about the access instructions."

    We had some difficulty because some local roads were closed on the day of arrival which is not the fault of Sykes or the owner, but the instructions need updating anyway. The directions refer to turning at the Weavers Arms which no longer exists. Satnav could not find it from the postcode given either. Also the parking for the cottage refers to an area of grass next to a camper which we could not identify. Very minor issues which did not diminish our satisfaction in the cottage, though.

    Reviewed by Michael4.7Sep 2021

  • "We had a very relaxing break at Upper Highlees Farm after a particularly upsetting week."

    It was really well located, so peaceful with wonderful views, yet only minutes to local facilities and routes to the local attractions. The host was very caring, yet very aware of the need for privacy. Walks for the dog straight from the door - just lovely!

    Reviewed by Amanda5.0Aug 2021

  • "The view from the cottage was amazing."

    It was well equipped and comfortable. We enjoyed visiting shibden Hall, Gibsons Mill/Hardcastle Craggs and the Piece Hall. The owner was friendly and welcoming but not intrusive.

    Reviewed by Sarah4.7May 2021

  • "The cottage was just perfect!"

    The views are second to none and everything anyone could possibly want was there. It was exceptionally clean and cosy and the owner was ever so friendly. The welcome basket of bread, wine and crisps was particularly welcome after I had a long drive to get there. Lots of wonderful walks nearby and an easy drive to Hebden Bridge and Haworth. I would be very very happy to recommend the cottage.

    Reviewed by Samantha4.7Apr 2021

  • "Lovely cottage, home from home ,it takes the stress away the minute you walk though the door."

    Very clean spotless . The views are lovely and the walks are great would definitely recommend for a relaxing break .

    Reviewed by Ernest5.0Oct 2020

  • "This is a lovely cottage, with amazing views."

    The walk across the top to Hebden Bridge and navigate is a great way to spend a day. If you plan to stay longer than a few days, a washing machine would be a bonus. The welcome pack (including wine!) was a nice touch. Ideal for dog owners too.

    Reviewed by Dave4.7Oct 2020

  • "The host of the cottage was friendly and helpful The cottage was presented to ..."

    The host of the cottage was friendly and helpful The cottage was presented to us in in a outstanding condition, and as you will see if you stop here a lot of thought and care has been taken in making our stay very comfortable The location of the cottage is magnificent and the views are beautiful This is a excellent location for exploring the surrounding areas We HiIGHLY reccomend this if you are looking for a relaxing stay

    Reviewed by Eileen5.0Oct 2020

  • "This is an excellent holiday home & location."

    Reviewed by Sally4.1Sep 2020

  • "What a wonderful little gem of a find , the views were so amazing to wake up to every morning, the geese and chickens, the fields right next to us to walk the dogs, the cottage had everything and more , would have liked a Hoover as used to hoovering everyday with the dogs, but just used a broom and dustpan, It wasn’t a show stopper !"

    The kitchen was fully utilised as was the cottage,. the warm welcome by Stephen and the welcome pack of butter, bread, milk, water and eggs was very much appreciated. We visited Bronte Waterfalls, and Holmfirth home of Last of the Summer Wine, and chilled the rest of the time, was just the break we were after and will definitely return again.

    Reviewed by Debbei4.7Sep 2020

  • "The comfort of the cottage was very good, friendly reception from the owner who also provided a generous welcome pack."

    The view from the front of the cottage is breath taking and location so peaceful.

    Reviewed by Kath5.0Sep 2020

  • "Stephen gave us a warm welcome on arrival (as did the abundant wildlife"

    Reviewed by Paul5.0Sep 2020

  • "Peaceful, stunning and homely with views to die for!"

    It was unbelievably clean and the owners had done everything to minimize risks from COVID for added peace of mind. Such an enjoyable stay

    Reviewed by Erica5.0Jul 2020

  • "Ivy Cottage is a wonderful, comfortable retreat from the 'rat race'."

    Although some may feel that aspects of the cottage are a little dated, the bathroom could do with an update - the cottage provides everything that is needed for a week away in a beautiful part of Yorkshire. The neighbours are enchanting - Ducks and one particular Goose who came for breakfast every morning! And there are some great walks on MIdgeley Moor very close by. Super pub - The Lord Nelson down in Luddenden and a terrific village shop in Midgeley within walking distance provides all you need, dogs loved it too!

    Reviewed by Sara4.7Feb 2020

  • "This is a lovely cottage in a beautiful setting."

    I work one week each month in Manchester. I would happily stay here every time if it had a washing machine (which in winter with dogs is somewhat essential for muddy clothes and towels). The cottage was very clean, very comfortable, there are wonderful walks from the doorstep and plenty of places to visit / shop / walk close by. Really lovely welcome from the owner - thank you.

    Reviewed by Royston4.4Jan 2020

  • "This cottage is in a wonderful location with breathtaking views."

    The very generous welcome package got us off to a great start and all the pamphlets and maps enabled us to make the very most of our holiday.

    Reviewed by Kate5.0Dec 2019

  • "Owners very friendly welcome pack on arrival ."

    View from conservatory is exceptional . No complaints re this cottage . Would highly recommend .

    Reviewed by Pauline5.0Sep 2019

  • "Had a fantastic time at the cottage."

    Views are exceptional. Cottage was spotless and there was even a food package waiting for us on arrival. Hebden Bridge is only a short drive away with quaint shops and we walked along the canal.

    Reviewed by Debbie5.0Aug 2019

  • "Beautiful cottage in a beautiful part of the world."

    Very friendly and helpful owners.

    Reviewed by Andrew4.4Jul 2019

  • "On arrival we were greeted with a welcoming pack, which was gratefully received , The cottage was ideally situated with fantastic views across Calder Valley and everything within the cottage helped to make our stay enjoyed by all."

    Plus the local information in the cottage info book helped in our choices od dining . sincere Thanks

    Reviewed by Terence5.0Jul 2019

  • "Lovely host, great welcome pack of groceries waiting for us."

    Really well equipped cottage with comfy beds, easy parking and a view of Calderdale to die for. Highly recommend a holiday there.

    Reviewed by William5.0Jul 2019

  • "The cottage was absolutely fantastic."

    Clean,outstanding views, cosy and lovely owners. We couldn't have stayed anywhere nicer. Will definitely go back. Thankyou.

    Reviewed by Sandra5.0Jun 2019

  • "Lovely cottage in such a peaceful setting."

    Could do with a bit of updating inside. Would definitely return.

    Reviewed by Ruth4.1Apr 2019

  • "Very nice excellent views"

    Reviewed by Les5.0Apr 2019

  • "Fabulous holiday home."

    The owner was easily at hand had we needed anything. Lovely welcome pack which was nice and appreciated after our long journey. The property was well equipt especially the kitchen. Stunning views from the property and walks nearby. Our sat nav took us down some very narrow roads which i would have preferred to have avoided. We were attracted to this property because of the excellent reviews which were accurate.

    Reviewed by Tracie5.0Mar 2019

  • "Had a lovely stay at Ivy Cottage being very convenient for visiting family."

    The views are outstanding. Cottage very well equipped, warm, spacious and comfortable.

    Reviewed by Mary5.0Nov 2018

  • "Perfect cosy cottage, ideal location with stunning views, we would recommend a stay here to everyone!"

    Reviewed by David5.0May 2018

  • "This is quite a large cottage with plenty of room for 2 people in a quiet rural area."

    The view from the front of the cottage, and from the conservatory, is incredibly beautiful. The owner, Stephen, was there to welcome us upon arrival and show us around the cottage. There was a welcome hamper waiting in the kitchen, with milk and butter in the fridge. There are narrow lanes in the area and walking is the best way to explore the locality and nearby village.

    Reviewed by David5.0May 2018

  • "A delightful, homely cottage with a real farmhouse feel."

    Exceptionally well equipped and comfortable. Ideally situated in breathtakingly beautiful countryside, with views to die for. Within easy reach of villages such as Haworth and Hebden Bridge which showcase Yorkshire at its best. The owners are extremely friendly and accommodating and provide a very generous welcome pack. Local shop 5minutes walk; supermarkets, good pubs and restaurants a short drive. We loved our stay at Upper Highlees Farm and would highly recommend it to anyone who wants to visit the rugged Pennine district of Yorkshire. What's not to like? Thank you Sykes Cottages for helping us to find this little gem of a retreat.

    Reviewed by Anne5.0Feb 2018

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  • Two bedrooms: 1 x double, 1 x twin
  • Bathroom with bath, shower over, basin and WC
  • Kitchen with dining area
  • Sitting room with woodburner
  • Conservatory.
  • Gas central heating with woodburner
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, dishwasher, 2 x TVs with Freeview, WiFi, selection of books, games and DVDs
  • Fuel, power and starter pack for woodburner inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Travel cot available on request
  • Off road parking for 2 cars
  • Front lawned garden
  • Two well-behaved pets welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop and pub 2 miles
  • Note, there is some roofing work being done on a local building 8am - 4pm for July and possibly into August 2022
  • Please enquire before making your booking for July/August 2022.

The property

This attractive cottage, once part of a Pennine sheep farm still holds a glimpse of that old tradition and is situated on a beautiful hillside within the village of Midgley above Hebden Bridge, the home of the National Trust’s Cragg Vale.

Having two bedrooms, this retreat is ideal for both families and couples who want to escape from their busy lifestyle and become at one with the rural delights.

From the southerly facing front garden you will enter a large well laid out porch with a rattan three piece suite that can be placed outside on the patio in good weather.

This is an ideal spot for quiet reading or just enjoying the spectacular, panoramic views across the valley below.

From there you will pass through a small hall into the sitting room with woodburning stove and comfortable seating.

Here you can relax through the evening watching a large flat television with free view channels, WiFi and Netflix or play some of the games provided.

French doors lead into the large diner/kitchen.

Fully equipped with all modern appliances it still however retains that country feel, with its oak cupboards and large ‘farmhouse’ table and chairs.

A rear door leads out into the sheltered paved yard, useful for hanging wet clothes.

Back in the hall take the lovely carpeted stairway up to the next floor which houses a nicely decorated bathroom with elegant fittings.

To the front of the cottage a large double bedroom continues that traditional feel with pine furniture and pretty bedding, although a walk-in wardrobe hides that modern touch.

Views from the large windows bring in light and sunshine and again the lure of the beautiful hills and valleys of Calderdale.

To the rear a warm, cosy twin bedroom is the perfect setting for peaceful sleep.

The old mullion windows overlook the farm woodland which has become ‘home’ to a variety of birds and wildlife.

Frequent visitors include rabbits, deer, grouse and owls, all of which, if you are lucky, may be viewed from the comfort of indoors.

When the weather is pleasant you can enjoy the garden or even wander down into the villages of Midgley and Luddenden with their nearby picturesque attractions.

A village shop selling all essentials is close by.

This area is a magnet for those seeking outdoor activities such as walking the many paths across the Calder Way or cycling the narrow hills and valleys around the moors.

Whilst more gentle pastimes include photography and painting which the numerous galleries in the area will testify to.

Enjoy scenic drives to the nearby beautiful tourist destinations of Hebden Bridge, Haworth with its famous Bronte Parsonage and Holmfirth, home of ‘Last of the Summer Wine’.

There is much to enjoy on this fabulous cottage holiday.

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About the location


Hebden Bridge 4 miles; Halifax 5 miles.

Luddenden is a conservation village in Calderdale, close to Hebden Bridge. The community is first mentioned in 1284, and in 1375 a corn mill was moved from Warley Town to exploit the Luddenden Brook. Nearby, the attractive town of Hebden Bridge is the home to the picturesque Rochdale Canal and a delightful Victorian railway station. The town of Mytholmroyd is an easy drive away, the birthplace of Poet Laureate Ted Hughes, and famous for the Cragg Vale Coiners. This is excellent walking country, with the National Trust Hardcastle Crags and the Pennine Way, plus the area hosted the Tour De France in 2014. Enjoy scenic drives and cycling across the moors, whilst nearby Haworth boasts the Parsonage Museum commemorating the famous Bronte family who lived there. The area is also a must for steam railway enthusiasts who will enjoy the thriving Worth Valley Railway, whilst the highly-acclaimed Eureka Museum in Halifax is noted for its unique Piece Hall and its Victorian architecture.

Note, there is some roofing work being done on a local building 8am - 4pm for July and possibly into August 2022. Please enquire before making your booking for July/August.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas