The Manse, Keld
If you are looking for a property with a touch of the unusual, then you have found it with The Manse in Keld. It is steeped in local history, and is literally in the heart of the village, where it and its adjoining United Reformed Church have been central to village life since 1860 when they were built, replacing chapels that can be traced back to 1540 on the same site.
The Manse is still owned by the church and has recently been completely refurbished to enhance the charm and understated simplicity of the cottage but complemented by the needs of 21st century living. It is crammed with original features, including deepset windows with windowseats, beamed ceilings, wood and York stone flagged floors and Georgian windows framing the stunning views of the village and Swaledale, which are literally on your doorstep. The Pennine Way and Coast to Coast walks are only a short stroll away.
The Manse has a living room with open fire, dining room with a further open fire, a dining kitchen with an old fashioned range, 2 double bedrooms, a twin room and a house shower room. There are enclosed gardens to the front and rear with garden furniture, and private parking for 2 cars. There is a teashop in the village, a pub/restaurant within a few minutes walk and a village shop 3 miles away. Church services are usually every other Sunday at 2pm.
This really is a special place where you can soak up the history and atmosphere and recharge your batteries.
From the wrought iron fenced front garden you enter into a small entrance porch with a seat and shoe and boot storage. From here is the beamed dining room with a table that will comfortably seat 8, and where you can toast yourself in front of one of the 2 open fires in the house. There is also a bureau and window seat. From the dining room you enter the stone flagged dining kitchen with a traditional range (decorative only), with windows looking out onto the back garden and from which you can see the village and across the top of Swaledale to the hills beyond. The kitchen is split across two rooms, with a further galley Shaker style kitchen off the main room, again with views and windows over the back garden and with the back door into the covered back porch and old garden shed. Back at the front of the house and next to the dining room is the comfortable, beamed and relaxing sitting room, with shelved alcoves, window seat, widescreen TV, Sky, DVD Player, books, games and open fire. There is also a downstairs WC with ample space for boot and coat storage, plus a boiler room with capacity for drying wet outdoor gear.
Upstairs there are more of the extensive views from each room, both front and back. The master double room has an oak bed, and antique wardrobe and dressing table. There is a spacious twin room and a second smaller double, both also with antique furniture. The house shower room is also on this floor.
To the front of the Manse there is an enclosed south facing garden, and to the rear a garden of raised beds around mature trees with stone flagged areas in between, including a level area directly adjoining the house from which to enjoy the stunning views of the village and countryside beyond.
Open fires in the living room and dining room. Mixture of wood, stone flagged and carpeted floors. Oil underfloor and central heating throughout the cottage. Dishwasher, microwave, washer/drier, electric fan oven, fridge, freezer, toaster, cafetiere, large flat screen TV in living room, wireless broadband, Sky (freeview) TV, DVD player and recorder, radio/CD player, tourist information, books, games, hairdryer, iron and ironing board, torch, bedlinen and teatowels provided, shower room with shower, WC, wash hand basin and shaver point. Garden with furniture and coal store. Bike storage. Oil and fuel for fires included in the hire charge. Firelighters, matches and kindling provided for your arrival. Towels included. Sorry no smokers inside. One well behaved pet welcome by prior arrangement. The front garden and entrance is level, but the back garden is on various levels, with some uneven flags and slopes. Parking at the front of The Manse is shared with the church (4 spaces) and whilst not guaranteed you will usually be able to park there or nearby, with ample parking nearby for further vehicles. Visitors may also wish to know that whilst The Manse adjoins the church which it has historically served, services are usually every other Sunday at 2pm, and this is usually the only time that the church bell is rung.
What other people say
“A fascinating and interesting week in a beautiful and comfortable house ”
“ Lovely house and very comfortable. Great base for discovering the dales.”
“ Well done, excellent renovation providing up to date and comfortable accommodation.”
“ We have very much enjoyed our stay at The Manse. Wonderful countryside and a great cottage.”
“ We have had a lovely stay at The Manse which is comfortable and up to date. The fresh flowers and friut loaf provided a welcoming touch. We will be back!”
- 4 stars
- Sleeps 6
- 2 double bedrooms
- 1 twin bedroom
- Pets welcome
- Village location
- Private parking
- Open fires
- Extensive views
- Historic property
- Pub / restuarant within walking distance
Towels are included.
Pets - £25 per week or short break.
Holidays are available for a minimum of 7 nights commencing on Saturdays from Easter / end of March to the end of October. Christmas, and New Year weeks are also available for a minimum of 7 nights commencing on the day advised in the price list. From November to Easter / end of March we change to short breaks for 3 nights commencing on Fridays or 4 nights commencing on Mondays, or any combination of 3 and 4 night short breaks, excluding Christmas, and New Year.
Please note that we charge a Good Housekeeping Deposit of £50 per week or short break, details in the terms and conditions section, the final balance figures include this amount.
If the holiday is booked less than 7 weeks prior to your arrival, then full payment is requested at the time of booking.
Deposits are approximately one third of the total hire charge.
Please see our Terms and Conditions.
|Saturday 24 August 2013||Week||(7 nights)||£595||Book »|
|Saturday 05 October 2013||Week||(7 nights)||£470||Book »|
|Holiday||(14 nights)||£940||Book »|
|Saturday 12 October 2013||Week||(7 nights)||£470||Book »|
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