We love an unusual property with a great story and this is certainly the case for The Engine Room Cottage; a converted fire station in the picturesque conservation village of Sledmere right in the heart of the stunning Yorkshire Wolds in England.
The cottage is tucked on the edge of the village of Sledmere, midway between Driffield and Malton in the Yorkshire Wolds. The excellent location is ideally placed for exploring both the East Coast and the rolling wild hills of the Wolds; a land from a bygone era, with the perfect English village, rich history and a wonderfully remote and timeless quality. This is an area to really escape to, an area to come to get away from the day to day and if you need some civilisation too then the city of York is only 25 miles away.
Style & Character
Despite its rather fabulous history, the cottage is now a stylish and contemporary property. It was very successfully converted and is now comfortable and luxurious with heavenly rural views over farmland and the open countryside of the Wolds. There’s no escaping that history and you do suspect that the subtle red accent that runs throughout the interiors was borrowed from its fire station past. The feature window in the living area is also converted from the original engine room door; fascinating for history lovers.
Service & Facilities
The cottage is a sociable place with a huge, open-plan living area that runs the whole length of the property. It’s the sort of place that’s perfect for a group of family and friends; with a large dining area, huge sink-in sofas and all the mod cons. On sunny days, open the French doors and lounge on the enclosed terrace; soak up those views, dine al fresco and enjoy the most spectacular sunsets. There is ample off-road parking and bike storage.
The owners have really thought about your comfort during your stay; there’s underfloor heating, and the well-equipped kitchen has several surprising extras that really make life easier; like a slow cooker, a Nespresso coffee machine and even a separate drinks fridge.
The cottage can sleep 6 guests across 3 ensuite bedrooms. There are two king-sized bedrooms upstairs and a twin downstairs. All the bathrooms are very modern and the lovely blend of old and new continues in the bedrooms, where modern interiors sit alongside exposed beams and delightfully quirky shaped rooms.
Food & Drink
It’s a lovely environment to cook in (those views again!), plus there’s a farm shop less then half a mile down the road, another larger farm shop 5 miles away and a supermarket 8 miles away so you’re spoilt for choice when stocking up! Of course, it’s Yorkshire so you’re never far from a pub and the very popular Triton gastropub is just a 5-minute stroll in the village and serves delicious food and local ales. A short drive takes you to the historic market town of Driffield with a choice of tea rooms and restaurants or in the opposite direction you find Malton which is known as the ‘Food Capital of Yorkshire’.
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