Nora Batty's Holiday Cottage

England / Holmfirth, West Yorkshire
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Nora Batty's Holiday Cottage - Relax and enjoy some Summer Wine time in the Holmfirth cottage of British comedy's most iconic (and loveable) battleaxe.

Dust off that pinny and pack those curlers, take an extra pair of wrinkled stockings, and prepare for a truly unique break in the heart of picturesque pennine West Yorkshire.

To be exact, number 28 Huddersfield Road, Holmfirth - one of the most recognisable homes on television, and a house known not only for its beautiful riverside location, but also because it was once home to the prim, proper, and somewhat scary Nora Batty.

We're sure ‘Last of the Summer Wine' needs no introduction, but just in case, the show remains the longest-running comedy series in UK television history. Packed with loveable characters who were endearingly young at heart, the programme won a very special place in the affections of a great many people. It was even said to be the Queen's favourite show! Certainly, the programme proved that age is no barrier to having fun every now and again.

Built in the late eighteenth century, this terraced two-bedroomed cottage is accessed via its famous stone steps and is imbued with plenty of charm and character. Step inside and you will find it is furnished and decorated in a nostalgic vintage style, just as the formidable Nora left it!

Fans of the long-running show will adore the many pictures from the series which are displayed throughout, while contemporary creature comforts, including WiFi and a FreeSat television, add an unobtrusive touch of the home-from-home.

The cottage is surprisingly spacious and set out over three floors. You'll discover a delightful flag-floored dining kitchen and a wonderfully cosy lounge (perfect for re-enacting the Ladies' Tea Circle if the mood should take you!). And the private outdoor area is the perfect place for a chinwag over a cuppa on sunny days.

Upstairs you'll find two comfortable and lovingly decorated bedrooms, one a good-sized double room and the other a substantial twin. There's plenty of space for storage throughout - ideal if you're packing multiple pairs of slippers and wrinkled stockings! - while the generously proportioned bathroom features a freestanding bath and a separate shower cubicle.

The basement dwelling below, accessed under Nora's famous stone steps, was once home to her greatest admirer, namely that much loved rogue Compo Simmonite. Compo's underdwelling is now part of the Last of the Summer Wine exhibition situated next door, tucked away underneath the Wrinkled Stocking Tea Rooms!

After you've settled in, exploring the local area is a treat. Nora's cottage is beautifully scenic, yet you'll find Holmfirth town centre reassuringly close by, with a short stroll taking you to a tempting array of shops, cafes, pubs and restaurants. And of course no visit to Holmfirth would be complete without a visit to Sid's Café, where Nora enjoyed many a moan and lots of girly gossip with her very best friend Ivy.

Whether or not you were a fan of ‘Last of the Summer Wine', you're sure to fall head over heels in love with the truly spectacular scenery all around you.  The Holme Valley itself features wonderful pennine views, while the Derbyshire Peak District begins just a few miles to the south, with an outstanding vista to be enjoyed at the border crossing at Holme Moss. Now then. While it's often bright and sunny in Summer Wine land, the weather can be changeable. Don't forget to pack those waterproofs along with your walking boots!

Activity-wise, why not begin with a ‘Last of the Summer Wine' bus tour to familiarise yourself with the many filming locations? Away from the television, culture vultures will love nearby Cannon Hall country house with its children's farm, while those on the lookout for something more unusual will appreciate the Yorkshire Sculpture Park.

So, if you have reserved a special place in your heart for British television's most enduring comedy, or even if you simply love characterful old cottages, you'd surely be Batty not to come and stay in Nora's natty vintage home!  Book in at her riverside cottage and you can be sure of a holiday that's just as uniquely memorable as its iconic namesake.

Tried and tested

"All we hoped for and much more - we thoroughly enjoyed our stay. Great memories to take back to NZ."
Reynolds family, New Zealand

"A lovely stay in Nora's cottage. Like going back in time!"
Ellen and Barry, Coventry

"We absolutely loved staying at Nora's. The house is immaculate, just as we expected."
Michaela, Lucas and Maya, London

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The basics

Region: Holmfirth, West Yorkshire
Cost (from): £300 per week
Sleeps: 4
Bedrooms: 2
Bathrooms: 1
Minimum stay: 3 nights
Property ref: 489

Facilities

Sleeps up to 4,  double bedroom, twin bedroom, bedding & towels provided, private bathroom, kitchen/dining room, kettle, toaster, microwave, oven, hobs, fridge, FreeSat TV, WiFi, private outdoor sitting area.

Local activities

Compo's House museum, reservoir, hiking, horse riding, cycling, tea rooms, festivals, national parks, potteries, climbing, cinema, swimming, bowling.

At a glance

  • Eighteenth century Holmfirth riverside holiday cottage used regularly as a filming location for ‘Last of the Summer Wine'. The home of iconic and much-loved character Nora Batty!
  • The cottage features two sizeable bedrooms, one double and one twin. Please note that access is gained via a flight of stone steps, and there are steep stairs inside.
  • Free parking is available nearby.
  • Linen and towels are included, with a cot and highchair available if needed. Smoking is not permitted, and pets are allowed only by special arrangement.
  • Close to Holmfirth town centre, and thereby within strolling distance of many restaurants, pubs and cafes.
  • Plenty of ‘Last of the Summer Wine' locations and many additional family attractions close by. Fabulous walking and cycling country.
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