The cottages are situated at Laverock Hall Farm in the Northern Pennines. Laverock is a working sheep farm with approximately 230 sheep of various breeds as well as hens, ducks and geese. Wildlife is also plentiful, with rabbits and pheasants strutting up and down the lane, and we are delighted that a family of stunning wild Red Kites have taken up residence in the wood behind the farm and cottages. The area is in a designated AONB (Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty) so the views (you can see both Cumbria and Yorkshire) are absolutely stunning!! Situated at 1250 feet up with the land extending to 1350 feet, (where it borders onto a 6000 acre open fell), the Cottages have a fantastic wild rural feel with very little traffic noise, only the bleating of sheep, bark of a dog or bird call break the stillness of a summer evening.
A new access road was built when we converted the cottages, effectively changing the back of the cottages to the front and vice versa. This means that after coming up the private farm lane, holiday visitors turn left before the main farmhouse through the gateway along their own road up to the cottages. (In the picture above you can just see the cottages to the left of the farmhouse, Laverock Lodge being the two storey building and Sheep Haven the single storey behind. This side is now the back of the cottages with the front and private garden areas being on the far side). Each cottage has its own private (fully enclosed) front garden where you can leave your van/car securely (for those who like their dogs to sleep in caged vehicles at night). The area is gravelled over to allow for Summer barbeques, and is completely unoverlooked, backing onto a 5 acre field with views onto the open fells. A high stone wall separates the two properties. The rear of the properties back on to the farmyard so everything is designed for you to use the front entrance/garden/dog shower room etc. for privacy.
Both cottages can sleep up to 5 people and have their own purpose built ‘dog shower room’ which is the entrance building you will access the cottages by. This is used as a boot room for jackets, wellies etc. and has a purpose built shower in the corner for cleaning happy muddy dogs off!! There is a full size cage if you want to cage your dog, or whilst they dry off they can happily watch you making tea through the specially fitted half stable door which leads to the kitchen area.
Each cottage has open plan kitchen/dining/lounge areas with full size oven and hob, toaster, fridge, microwave, all utensils etc. Many of the rooms have beautiful exposed beams and where building regulations allow original stonework. The lounge areas feature a real wood burning stove for cozy nights, set back in a fabulous stone fireplace, as well as a colour TV, books, DVDs etc. The two seater sofa also converts to a sofa bed for a 5th person. Two bedrooms, one double and one twin with radiators sleep 4, making waking up in the morning a pleasure, and a modern fully fitted bathroom is at your disposal. Sheep Haven Cottage is all on one floor with an open plan raised ceiling in the lounge showing the handmade beams. It also has partial disabled access (low level light switches, wheelchair accessible etc), and a full size window in the main bedroom to show off the view. Laverock Lodge is over two floors with the bedrooms and bathroom upstairs in the wood beamed original Hayloft with a full size window to admire the view. A stairgate is fitted at the bottom of the stairs to restrict unwanted canine access!! Both cottages have solid stone tiles and rugs fitted throughout downstairs to stop the 'oldies' from sliding on any highly polished floors (dogs and people.. ;-)
As the cottages were designed with dogs in mind you will be pleased to know that there are no priceless ornaments at waggy dog tail height! The floors are simply covered (no white carpets!!), with tiles and rugs throughout. As previously mentioned the purpose built dog shower room provides an ideal area for cleaning the dogs up after a vigorous walk as well as storage for muddy boots/wet jackets.
A washing machine and tumble dryer is available (at small cost – honesty box) and is situated in a outbuilding in the farm yard. For those who feed their dog on the BARF diet, please let us know beforehand and you can use the chest freezer in the outhouse free of charge.
Cots and high chairs are available upon request for a nominal fee.
Please note the Cottages are non-smoking, please use the garden area if you need a quick one!...
Around the farm there is always a minimum 5 acre stock free field for you to allow your dog to run free in, plus you are welcome to walk your dog around the other 50 acres. Various farm activities take place during the year which you are more than welcome to watch/join in with. We also offer on site AGILITY and SHEEPDOG TRAINING lessons. Please visit the ‘Things to Do’ page for further details.
Visitors enjoying the stock free field at haytiming (July/Aug). You can see the front of the cottages in the background to give an idea of the size of the field.