Explore the picturesque Holme Valley, which boasts fine walks and mountain biking on its doorstep. Holmfirth, 4.5 miles away, is well worth a visit. This is well known as the location for the popular BBC series Last of the Summer Wine; it is also home to a wide range of great eateries and pubs that are popular with both locals and visitors.
Plan trips into Halifax, 11.5 miles away. Halifax is a thriving market town and was once the centre of the wool trade in Victorian England. This blessed the town with wealth and good fortune. Many of the opulent buildings and monuments from this time can still be seen as you walk around. These include Piece Hall, a magnificent Georgian building, which was once the place where weavers sold their cloth. Nowadays, it’s a fabulous place to grab a tasty bite to eat or peruse the independent shops and boutiques, as well as catch some outdoor performances.
Other impressive buildings include Halifax Minster, the town’s gothic church; the Grade II-listed Halifax Town Hall, designed by Charles Barry, who also designed the Houses of Parliament and Shibden Hall, a 15th-century historic home surrounded by a glorious park. The parkland is an excellent place to spend a day, walking beside the pretty flowerbeds, rowing across the Mere or taking the children to ride on the miniature train. Kids will also love the National Children’s Museum, Eureka!, which is sure to capture their imaginations with its 400 interactive exhibits.
If you enjoy food, make sure you visit Halifax’s Borough Market, which is a stunning Grade II-listed building, hosting an award-winning covered market throughout the week. Sample some local produce and pick up some tasty treat to enjoy back at your luxury mansion.