the edge of the North Yorkshire moors into two holiday cottages, he was advised to develop them
to a basic level of comfort and services for holiday lets.
Feeling strongly that people on holiday deserve a comfortable stay and wanting to do justice to the beautiful 18th century part stone built barn, he ignored the advice and renovated the cottages to a much higher standard. Both holiday cottages, Rose & Granary, are heated with renewable energy and enjoy underfloor heating throughout.
Steve’s commitment and determination have resulted in a Gold Award for Rose Cottage from English Country Cottages. Gold awards are based on customer feedback and 100% rankings for comfort, presentation of the property, customer service and degree of luxury for the accommodation overall.
The Gold Award follows a top English Country Cottage Five Star rating of ‘Exceptional with a degree of luxury’ for both Rose and Granary Cottages. The converted barn in Rillington, near Malton includes both holiday cottages and Steve’s own property, so Steve and partner Pam are on close hand to help make visitors’ stay as comfortable and interesting as possible. All three properties retain original features from the barn including beams and vaulted ceilings.
Steve said; “Despite the advice given to me, my instinct was to give people the comfort they deserve and, at the same time, do justice to the wonderful old barn. I’ve long had a commitment to renewable energy and energy efficiency and I’m sure this has been reflected in the high level of comfort reported by our visitors.”
He added; “We spent a lot of time researching the types of visitors we could attract and went out of our way to provide facilities for them. These include an en-suite disabled friendly bathroom in Rose, open plan lounges, kitchens and diners with contemporary furniture, French doors leading on to stone paved patio areas set within secluded walled gardens, secure cycle store, walking trail suggestions for hikers and details of bird watching sites for bird watchers.”