Cottage Details

Dyer's Cottage has a very long documented history, both of the building and its occupants.

Originally a 17th century farmhouse, it was subdivided into 5 cottages at an unknown date. These were rented to Master Dyers at the Dye Works, previously across the road, by the Wainhouse family.

At the time of the earliest censuses, the cottages were known as Top of Washer Lane, then Wainhouse Buildings. John Edward Wainhouse commissioned both the tower and his own house (West Air, now the Grade11 listed Wainhouse Tavern) to be built in the 1870's and added the distinctive porches to the four south facing ones and many more of his properties locally.

Several of these cottages were bought from his estate by James Kenyon, the owners' great great grandfather, whose ancestors had lived in the cottages since 1777 but maybe earlier. He himself was born in one of them in 1843 so held a strong affection for them which has continued by his descendants until the present day.

Initially a dyer, James Kenyon successfully expanded his property portfolio but sent his 6 children to work at a very young age. His 5 daughters were employed in the local textiles mills and his son became a joiner. He was very disappointed that none of the three daughters who got married was attracted to a wealthy suitor but he did allow each of these three married daughters to live with their families in one of the cottages in Upper Washer Lane. No doubt they paid him rent though!

Only Dyer's Cottage has remained in the family and it required a huge renovation when it was acquired in 2014. We hope you enjoy staying in it and appreciate its heritage.

  • Superbly presented
  • South facing, sunny, secluded front garden with patio seating
  • Gas central heating radiators in all rooms
  • Fully equipped designer kitchen: oak worktop, electric appliances & dishwasher
  • Luxury bathroom with Aqualisa shower, bath, and washer dryer
  • Free WiFi and Smart TV with Freeview
  • SleepsĀ 3 adults (1 on sofabed) and 1 child
  • Hypnos zip and link superking size 6 ft bed or 2 singles.
  • On-street car parking available
  • High quality furnishings, fabrics, bed linen and towels
  • Lovely views
  • Ideal for couples, singles, and small families looking for romance, a holiday in beautiful Calderdale, visiting friends / family, or escaping builders


Come through a gate from the pavement, up a few steps and along a path to the front door.

Front Garden

Enjoy relaxing on the Yorkshire stone patio with seating, gravel and flower beds. Hedges on both sides provide privacy.

Sitting/Dining Room

Enjoy spending time in a large room with restored doors to the stairs and cellar. Original wooden beams and stone inglenook fireplace with a gas powered cast iron stove which provides you with instant heat. Parquet flooring, WiFi hub, 40 inch Smart TV with Freeview channels, Ipod music system and docking station, CD/DVD player, large comfortable leather sofa which can extend into a sofabed with frame, chairs, antique dining table, pine dresser. DVDs, books and games are provided for your entertainment.

Kitchen. Enjoy cooking ...

This is a really characterful room with an exposed stone wall and a mullioned window dating from 1650. The back door leads to a rear courtyard. The high ceiling with rooflight provides even more character.

Fully equipped with solid oak worktop, mainly integrated appliances, electric oven, ceramic hob, fridge/freezer, dishwasher, microwave, kettle.


These lead to the first floor landing with a desk and space for a Z bed or travel cot which we can provide on request. The window provides a view of the rear hillside. Please be aware that the top step is higher than the others.


This is a light spacious room with spectacular views to Norland across the Calder Valley. Relax in the exceptionally comfortable Hypnos Zip and Link bed which can be split into 2 single beds on request. Enjoy looking at the cast iron Victorian feature fireplace and the traditional restored pine wardrobe doors which hide a modern hanging rail and drawers for your clothes.



Contemporary and luxurious, this is a lovely place to relax in the large white shower/bath. Enjoy using the Aqualisa digital overhead shower or use the additional handheld shower fitting. The basin is inset in a glossy white drawer unit which matches the cupboards storing the gas central heating boiler and the washer dryer. An illuminated mirror, a heated towel rail and grey porcelain tiles to walls and floor complete the 21st century look.

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