Dating back to the early 17th century, Renshaw Farm is a Grade II listed building full of character and charm. With five bedrooms and four bathrooms, this country retreat is the perfect setting to relax and unwind after a day of exploring all that ‘God’s own country’ has to offer.
Perfect for family, friends, walking and cycling enthusiasts alike. The spacious property boasts two sitting rooms, one being open plan with a large dining table and access to a private patio and separate outdoor dining area with a fire pit. Guests can enjoy the stunning countryside around them and keep warm in cooler months by the large fire pit, which also doubles as a BBQ. The outside of the property has a well fenced private garden with attractive lawned and graveled areas. This is the perfect setting in which to start the day enjoying a morning coffee right through to watching the evening sunset.
The second sitting room is a cosy part of the house with a beautiful Inglenook fireplace and Beehive oven. The fireplace is reported to have originally provided access to a priest hole. This room is perfect for unwinding, whether that is chatting with your friends, relaxing in front of the TV or simply getting lost in a good book.
Should you prefer to dine in, the solid oak kitchen is fully equipped for even the most confident chef. With a farm shop in the area, why not feast on local fare and enjoy home cooked meals at the beautiful large dining table that seats 12 guests.
A good night’s sleep is something we all look for when enjoying a relaxing break, Renshaw Farm has five stylish and welcoming bedrooms, which are situated over both floors of the property. Two bedrooms are complete with ensuite shower rooms in addition to the spaciously designed main bathroom.
Grassington is a market town in the Craven district of North Yorkshire. Conistone and its neighbouring Kilnsey were a pair of settlements within the ancient parish of Burnsall.
The two together formed a township of parochial chapelry and the formula ‘Conistone with Kilnsey’ which became the name of the modern parish, was in use in the official records of early Tudor times.
Conistone is three miles north of Grassington which makes for a lovely short walk or an even shorter drive to find shops offering local food, gifts and arts. A charming cobbled market square is fringed by welcoming cafés, pubs and restaurants, all within the magnificent Yorkshire Dales scenery.
Conistone itself is home to some of the most beautiful walks in the Yorkshire Dales. You will be spoilt for choice, with walks for avid ramblers and those who prefer a shorter, more relaxed stroll.
Across the road from the property itself is the village’s traditional Maypole and St Mary’s Church, which is a stone’s throw away from the majestic River Wharfe. Said to be one of the oldest churches in the area, St Mary’s has an array of delightful features and architecture.
Neighbouring the church is the much loved Kilnsey Trekking and Riding Centre, which offers pony trekking, horse riding lessons and horse-riding holidays for all ages.
Another local attraction is Conistone Dib, a remarkable dry valley accessed through a limestone gorge. Thousands of years ago, the dib would have been an impressive waterway, nowadays it is popular with walkers who scramble their way through the gorge one by one. (Please take care when it is wet, as with consistent rain or a heavy downpour it returns to a cascade of water and is rather slippery). Above Conistone Dib is Conistone Pie, an eye-catching limestone outcrop which resembles, yes you guessed it – a pie! The views from up there are simply breath-taking and are certainly not to be missed.
Just across the river, in the neighbouring village of Kilnsey, you will find more sights and attractions, one of which is the iconic Kilnsey Crag. The gigantic, overhanging limestone cliff attracts climbers from far and wide, this is one of the most photographed natural wonders in the area. It provides a stunning backdrop to the famous Kilnsey Show, a great family day out and one of the county’s largest single day agricultural shows. It first took place in 1897 and is held on the 31st August each year.
Kilnsey is also the home to the charming Kilnsey Park, which offers an array of activities including year-round fishing on its two spring fed lakes, you can also relax and enjoy a delicious meal, light snack or simply a cup of freshly brewed tea/coffee. This café is well known for its delicious home cooking and is very proud of its signature dish “pink fish and chips”.
Kilnsey also hosts the Tennants Arms, “your local pub”, and only a ten-minute walk across the bridge. This is a family run gastro- pub and is fast becoming the go to place for good value traditional pub meals (Sunday dinner is extremely popular; we suggest booking in advance to avoid disappointment).
In the garage store we have provided complimentary charcoal, more can be bought at the local Spar in Threshfield. Also, in the store you will find BBQ equipment, bike racks and seat cushions for the outdoor furniture.
Please ask all your guests to be considerate of the neighbours who surround the property they have to date, been very welcoming and willing to offer local advice to our guests.
As dog lovers ourselves, we welcome two well behaved dogs at Renshaw Farm. We do respectfully ask that you use the pet towels provided to make sure their feet are clean prior to entering the property. There is a hose pipe to wash off the dogs and your muddy boots after enjoying a walk on one of the many routes which surround the property. Please make sure the garden gates are closed and the dogs are under control at all times when outside the property as the village is surrounded by fields full of livestock. When inside, please respect the furnishings and do not let dogs go on the furniture, beds or upstairs in the property.
You may notice that Renshaw provides a home for our own 8-legged friends who do insist on making an appearance from time to time. We encourage them to move on during the weekly clean however, we ask that you allow them to go about their normal business or carefully relocate them to the outside. After all, spiders are an authentic feature of an historic building!
We provide a couple of bags of complimentary logs for you to light the stoves prior to getting cosy in either of the lounges. There is an honesty box in the kitchen for subsequent logs which can be found stacked in the Inglenook fireplace. The stove in the sitting/dining room requires a little method and a draft to prevent it smoking when first lit (this is because the roof and chimney are at a low point). The trick is to make the fire with a firelighter, kindling and a small log; open the window nearest the stove slightly, open the fire draught fully, light the firelighter and close the stove door but leave it off the catch until the chimney has warmed up. Once burning well, close the stove door properly and adjust the draught to your liking. Please do not allow children to light the fires or indeed, play near the lighted stoves or with the matches.
The house has a 250 litre hot water tank which is ample to provide showers for the number it accommodates. With sensible use the water system is more than adequate but if you do experience any issues following excessive use, waiting forty minutes will rectify the situation.
The thermostat for the old part of the house is situated in the small hallway adjacent to the front hall and the Maypole room and this is set to keep the house at a consistent temperature. Obviously, if necessary, this can be altered however we ask that this is returned to its set temperate of 21 degrees prior to departure for the comfort of subsequent parties. Using the radiator thermostats is the best way to control room temperature.
We have provided torches in all the rooms, please familiarise the whole of your party with these so they can be used in the event of a power cut. Please do not let the children play with the torches as they are there for your safety.
A First Aid kit suitable for minor cuts and bruises can be found in the Kitchen on the corner shelf unit.
There is a Medical Centre in Grassington, the telephone number is 01756 752 313
The nearest accident and emergency hospitals are:-
Harrogate District Hospital – Lancaster Park Road Harrogate HG2 7SX – 01423 885 959
Airedale General Hospital – Skipton Road Keighley, West Yorkshire, BD23 6TD- 01535 652 511
There is a defibrillator in the village which is situated on the front wall of the Youth Hostel. Directions: facing the Maypole with your back to Renshaw Farm, walk to the road and turn right towards Grassington, the Youth Hostel is approx. 50 yards on the left-hand side of the road. The defibrillator is to the right of the front door, instruction for use are on the machine itself.