Amidst the noise and haste there’s a very special place. Nestled neatly between the most beautiful counties above the picturesque village of Trawden, there’s a home that you never knew you had, right on your doorstep. Well, ok, perhaps not literally on your doorstep, and it’s not exactly ‘your home’, but it is a place where you can holiday that will not just save you petrol money, it will also save you time, and you’ll return home feeling refreshed, invigorated and if you’re really lucky you’ll also return home as an expert air hockey player (like me!).
Offering immaculate self-catering accommodation, The Croft, a former stables and hayloft building has been lovingly restored by husband-and-wife team, owners Jan and Sam Eastell. Its stylish interior mirrors the surrounding countryside with quirky equestrian touches thrown in for good measure. The Croft boasts two en-suite double bedrooms, modern kitchen, lounge, and dining room and, wait for it… a games room that resembled the set of the 80s TV programme, ‘Why Don’t You?’ With an array of board games, video games and jigsaws, the real highlight for the kids was the games table comprising of snooker, air hockey and table football. Perfect for keeping them entertained, allowing us time to soak up the stunning views and wine on the patio.
Sam is the perfect host, for whom The Croft has been a real labour of love, and it’s evident on reading the visitors’ book and the string of awards and accolades, that this place is a real hidden gem. Sam has thought of everything to make your stay as special as possible, from the delightful welcome pack (an array of posh teabags and cake) through to a delightful book corner along with a real log fire.
Situated above Trawden Forest also makes it an ideal playground for families, walkers, cyclists, or those who have intentions of doing absolutely nothing! With a wealth of cycle routes and bridle ways to discover, its location also makes it the perfect spot to explore surrounding tourist hotspots such as Colne, Haworth and Skipton. If you fancy stepping back in time then the nearby historical trails are the ideal place to start. Follow in the Bronte sisters’ footsteps from Wycoller to Coldwell Reservoir or meander around the rugged moorlands ending the day snuggled up in front of a real fire.
The Croft has certain warmth about it, from the décor through to the hosts, this place is special. A Yorkshire lass, Sam prides herself on her hospitality and friendliness, but it’s not just Sam who’s hospitable, but also the local residents. Sheep Bumble and wife Peewee were regular visitors during our stay, both enjoy a good head rub and feed, and there’s nuts-a-plenty supplied to feed them. Buttercup is another resident of The Croft who resides there after retiring. A Trawden Forest fairy, Buttercup’s home can be spotted if you look hard enough for an orange door hidden in a nearby tree…
There really is something rather magical about The Croft, with its luxurious interiors situated against a stunning panoramic back drop it needs to be on your ’places to visit’ list this year. If you’re thinking of escaping the humdrum without the hassle of travelling this is the place for you. The only disappointment was having to leave.
Prospect Barn, Colne Road, Trawden, Colne, Lancs, BB8 8NU
Tel: 07985 118176