5 Reasons to Have your Reunion at Spicer Manor

5 Reasons to Have your Reunion at Spicer Manor

As lockdown is cautiously relaxed, we can slowly start to meet our family and friends again. Whilst most of us feel anxious as we take our first tentative steps towards normality, nothing is more treasured and longed for than being with our loved ones again. Therefore, we can start to plan and look forward.

Spicer Manor is our outstanding 15 bedroomed large holiday home available to rent nestled in glorious Yorkshire countryside. Imagine a reunion with your family and friends in this unforgettable location. We have every comfort you can imagine and some special extras to make for the ultimate end of lockdown celebration. We can accommodate 32 guests and extend our warm welcome to your dogs too. 

Our venue is unique in many ways and, out of all the large houses to rent in the UK, you can anticipate your dream break with us, here in beautiful Yorkshire, and consider the following:

  1. Take full advantage of our cosy and luxurious lounge and bar.  Relax, reminisce, share stories and revel in being together again in this wonderful space. Sink into the extra deep sofas in front of the large stone fireplace and talk into the night.
  2. The glorious Yorkshire countryside is on our doorstep. Plan a day out in the hills and valleys and adventure until your heart’s content. Don’t forget, we welcome dogs in the downstairs rooms at Spicer Manor so make sure they too get invited along. Our dog room ensures they too have their own space and that muddy paws can be dealt with upon your return. 
  3. Plan an evening in to enjoy those classic family favourites in our very own state of the art cinema room. Grab the popcorn, kick back and revel in being together.
  4. Enjoy healthy competition in our games room. Fun for all the family but may well prove a favourite haunt for the kids who can while away the hours playing fun favourites such as pool, air hockey and table football. Whilst they are occupied take full advantage and relax in our wonderful gardens. Why not luxuriate in one of our two outdoor hot tubs with a glass of bubbles? You definitely deserve it.
  5. Finish your break on a high by making use of our outstanding dining room for a memorable celebration. For the catering, we highly recommended our preferred caterer, Andrew Bradley, who will meet you at the location or where you wish to discuss all your needs. His quality of food and professional service is second to none, having learnt his craft at the Michelin-starred Box Tree restaurant at Ilkley. Your feast promises to be a fitting end to an unforgettable occasion.

We are delighted to announce that we are now taking bookings for our totally unique and very special Spicer Manor. What a way to celebrate the future. To enquire further, contact us today.

5 Places You Need To Visit In Yorkshire

We are delighted with our setting overlooking the stunning Yorkshire countryside. And, the best thing is, Spicer Manor is set in the perfect location to visit many of the surrounding areas, with everything they have to offer. We love it here, and we know you will too. It’s true, for now, we’re limited to where we can go, and we’re committed to keeping our staff and clients safe. When the restrictions are lifted and we slowly get closer to normal life, we wanted to introduce you to five of our favourite places not an hour’s drive away from the relaxing sanctuary Spicer Manor provides:

Holmfirth. Just over ten minutes away is the picturesque town of Holmfirth, nestled in the stunning Holme Valley, in Huddersfield. This picture-postcard town is popular with walkers and wildlife lovers, and has a series of charming country pubs, cafes and shops. Think it looks familiar? Holmfirth is the renowned location of the TV classic Last of the Summer Wine – and those who were fans of the show can visit Sid’s Cafe and go on the fabulous Summer Wine Magic Tour. Quieter visits exploring the cobbles are lovely days spent in Holmfirth; for those who seek culture, there are often artistic events, live music at the Picturedrome and craft events to snap up a unusual bargain.

Cannon Hall Farm in Barnsley is so much more than a farm attraction! Each year they host a wide variety of different events with something designed to delight all age groups. Not only that – Cannon Hall Farm is officially the best family day out in Yorkshire after being named Best Large Visitor Attraction in the White Rose Awards. Set against stunning scenery there are a range of farm attractions and races, huge outdoor and indoor play areas an award-winning farm shop and a delightful restaurant onsite Cannon Hall Farm is definitely worth a visit.

Sheffield. For those who prefer the buzz of the big city – Sheffield is the perfect place to be. If there is one place that has it all, it is Sheffield! Beautiful historical and modern architecture (check out Sheffield Cathedral) and a thriving hub of shopping, music, sport and theatres draw in visitors from miles around.

Penistone Paramount Cinema. It’s true, we have our very own cinema room. Should you wish to go out for the evening, the Penistone Paramount Cinema in our neighbouring village of Penistone is dripping with historical charm, having been build in 1914. New releases, theatre streaming and traveling theatre companies who perform live shows are all part of the offering and, there’s even a bar. What’s not to love?

This is one of our favourites. The Peak District National Park offers breath-taking scenery, walks, cycling, and opportunities for families, groups and work colleagues to share outdoor experiences together. From the high, moorland plateaus in the north, to the steep-sided, deep dales and rolling green hills in the south of the area, the Peak District & Derbyshire has just about any landscape you can imagine in Britain, making it one of the finest areas in the country. Add in the picturesque villages and bustling market towns, and the Peak District will soon become one of your favourite destinations!

When the time is right for us to start taking guests again, we’re on hand to help make your visit as perfect as possible. We consider ourselves experts in our local area, and so any tips and advice you need, from sourcing local produce, services and amenities, we’re happy to help you with your planning.

Until that time, stay safe and let us know what’s on your bucket list – we’d love to hear from you!

Spicer Manor Delighted to Introduce Coach House

In addition to the already incredible offering at Spicer Manor, we’re delighted to announce that the Coach House is well on its way to fruition. Expected to be complete at the end of Spring, this stunning addition aims to provide beautiful surroundings to seat up to 110 guests, or 160 for a social setting in the evening or daytime.

This versatile, stylish space combines the modern farmhouse style of the main house, whilst offering a facility for a larger group to celebrate and socialise against the backdrop of the breath-taking Yorkshire countryside.

Using the same care and attention to detail as was used in designing the main house, the Coach House will boast excellent facilities, including underfloor heating, rustic wooden wall panels, and stunning lighting.

The coach house compliments Spicer Manor beautifully, a large holiday home and events venue sleeps up to 34 guests, should your event require.

The main house is luxurious, authentic and comfortable, boasting two hot tubs, pet-friendly accommodation, a state-of-the-art cinema, games room and WIFI throughout. If guests need some much needed time out or some excitement, Spicer Manor is has plenty to do close by, from the hustle and bustle in our neighbouring cities of Sheffield, Leeds, and Manchester to the stunning outdoor scenery of the Peak District – there’s something to suit all tastes.

To enquire about this unique venue for a wedding, corporate event or special occasion, please contact us today!

A corporate retreat with a difference at Spicer Manor

Corporate retreats in the countryside offer a fantastic opportunity to bond with your team in an inspiring out-of-office environment. Lisa Hunt, owner of Spicer Manor, explores the many benefits.

Enjoy relaxed and spacious facilities

Country houses are great locations for team away days or corporate retreats, offering ample space to host a jam-packed week of team building activities or a relaxing getaway. Not only will you have complete privacy in peaceful surroundings, but you’ll also be able to make the most of the great outdoors.

Choose from a range of activities

Most rural venues offer team building activities on or off-site or can recommend experiences nearby. This might include cookery classes, wine tasting, cocktail-making or murder mystery parties to name a few. There may also be the opportunity to make use of large grounds for activities such as‘Total Wipeout’ or archery.

Delicious catering options

Many country house retreats will provide a bespoke catering service on request, allowing you to treat your employees or clients to delicious food prepared on-site. One of the many perks of dining at a countryside venue compared to a city location is the locally sourced, fresh produce available. 

Get away from the hustle and bustle

Holding your corporate retreat in the countryside provides a natural setting to escape from the busy world and clear your mind of distractions, which is likely to have a positive effect on employee wellbeing. Getting together in a different environment will allow you to focus on your agenda away from the daily grind.

Luxury surroundings

Country houses often exude luxury, with beautiful interiors and often retain many period features which create a pleasant environment in which to work or spend time with colleagues. They offer something truly unique and memorable, with rooms full of charm and often with breathtaking views of the surrounding countryside. You may also find quirky meeting or break-out spaces to share ideas with colleagues.

Room at Spicer Manor

Free, secure parking

Hosting a corporate team activity in a busy city can mean employees paying a small fortune to park – often a far distance away from the venue. However, countryside venues are likely to provide free, secure on-site parking which enables attendees to have a stress-free commute.

Modern facilities

You might be out in the countryside, but you’ll still be able to make use of modern facilities such as free Wi-Fi, flipcharts, projector screens and some houses even have their own cinema rooms! It’s worth discussing your bespoke requirements at the point of booking to ensure you have everything you need before your event.

Cinema room at Spicer Manor

A rural retreat with a difference

Spicer Manor lies on the edge of the stunning Peak District National Park, offering a wide range of outdoor activities. The luxury country house is within easy distance of major cities including Sheffield, Leeds, York and Manchester. The house sleeps 34 guests and boasts twin hot tubs, a cinema and games room.

We have a range of indoor and outdoor spaces to choose from. Our magnificent oak orangery offers the perfect space for meetings. The house also boasts three adjoining living spaces which provide quirky breakout areas for groups to share ideas.

Breakout area in the grand hall at Spicer Manor

Upstairs, our cinema room provides 4K viewing quality in line with full-size cinemas and has seating for 22 delegates on specially designed cinema chairs. This room is ideal for corporate presentations or seminars.

For a more light-hearted team bonding session we have a range of outdoor games such as giant Jenga and boules which can be played on the impressive front lawn or in our fields.  

Activities nearby

If you’d like to head out on an adventure during your stay with us, there are several activity centres within easy reach which offer corporate team building days in Yorkshire.

For a fun-filled team building day, look no further than Puzzlewoods, situated in Cawthorne near Barnsley which is just a short 20 minute drive away. Here, you’ll pick your way through a one hour outdoor trail, facing a series of challenges along the way which will test your mental agility, physical ability and encourage you to think outside the box. There’s also the opportunity to toast marshmallows around a fire.

For something a little more challenging, Dolomite Training at Bakewell in Derbyshire offers everything from abseiling and stream scrambling to orienteering and mountain biking. The staff have a wealth of management training experience which enables them to tailor the activities towards team bonding.

Whatever activities you have in mind, Spicer Manor can cater for your needs. We have shared accommodation for up to 34 single delegates. For more information or to book your corporate retreat in Yorkshire, contact hello@spicermanor.co.uk.

Meet our chef

We caught up with chef Andrew Bradley to find out about the culinary delights that guests can look forward to at Spicer Manor.

Can you tell us a bit about your background?

I trained at Bradford Catering College and went on to work at the Box Tree restaurant in Ilkley for five years where I become restaurant manager.

In November 1993 I opened Bradley’s restaurant in Huddersfield which I ran for 22 years. We were in the Good Food Guide every one of those years which was a fantastic achievement for everyone involved.

During that time, I also opened a second restaurant in Bradford, while also fulfilling a wedding catering contract with the National Trust at East Riddlesden Hall.

What’s your favourite thing to cook?

I love cooking fresh fish or eating it! Especially if I’m at the coast and it comes straight off a boat.

What occasions can you cater for at Spicer Manor?

I can cater for all occasions at Spicer Manor whether it’s a birthday party, family gathering, corporate event or wedding. 

What will be on the menu?

All menus can be tailored to each individual guest, from a simple BBQ in the summer to a gourmet meal with champagne and lobster. I also cater for all dietary requirements in the process. 

What’s your favourite thing about Spicer Manor?

My favourite thing about Spicer Manor is firstly the space in the kitchen and the room to move around, but also the views on a clear day. You can’t beat looking out over God’s own county!

What’s the one kitchen gadget you couldn’t live without?

The one thing I couldn’t live without in a kitchen are my knives and steel to keep them very sharp. Also, salt and pepper to bring the flavours to the foods we serve.

If you would like to add catering to your stay, please enquire at the point of booking or contact us at hello@spicermanor.co.uk

7 steps to planning a yoga retreat

Planning a yoga retreat can be a deeply rewarding experience, but with the responsibility for choosing and booking a venue, planning the agenda and marketing the event, there’s lots to think about beyond just teaching your classes. Yoga enthusiast, Charlotte Goldthorpe, shares her five steps for planning a retreat that reflects your intentions.

Step 1: Visualise your yoga retreat

Before you start the planning process, take a few moments to contemplate the kind of experience you want to create for your students. Write down your vision for the retreat to help you stay focused. Where do you want to go? What is important to you? What kind of experience would you enjoy yourself?

Step 2: Choose your venue

It’s a good idea to visit venues before booking so you can experience them for yourself. It also means you’ll be able to plan the route. Consider whether the venue has space for yoga? Can the venue recommend other activities in the area? How many people does the venue accommodate for? Ultimately, you’ll want to know how much it’s all going to cost, so I’d advise speaking to the owner of the venue to discuss your requirements early on in the process.

Step 3: Plan your timetable

Once you’ve got the logistics of the retreat sorted, you can get onto the important task of planning your classes. Remember to leave time between classes for guests to spend how they wish, whether it’s taking a stroll in the grounds or burying their head in a good book.

We’d also recommend offering opportunities to try out other activities to complement your retreat. For example, if you’re organising a countryside retreat you could plan some horse riding, walking or cycling.

Don’t forget the all-important weather! Check if you’ll be able to practice outdoors and whether you can take the class indoors in case of rain. It’s also worth asking whether there is air conditioning or heaters.

Step 4: Provide nourishment

You’ll want your students to feel nourished during the retreat, with a range of wholesome foods on offer, as well as making sure you’re able to cater for different diets. We’d recommend working with the venue to find a caterer to suit your requirements or ask if they could recommend nearby cafes and restaurants to accommodate you. Alternatively, consider venues where you can make your own food onsite. Spicer Manor has a well-equipped kitchen to cater for large groups.

Step 5: Promote your retreat

Before marketing your retreat, think about your target audience. Are you aiming it at beginners or more advanced yogis? Will there be a mix of styles? Can both men and women attend?

Once you’ve set out your key messages, share the news with your current students in class and via email too. They are, after all, your biggest fans and can help spread the word.

Once you’ve gauged the level of interest among your regulars, share the news on your social media channels. Ask the venue for pictures to help ‘sell’ the retreat so people can picture the type of experience on offer.

Step 6: Enjoy the retreat and get to know your participants

Each participant will have different reasons for attending your yoga retreat so try to find out more about them and what they want to get out of the sessions. Not everything will be perfect, so try not to stress too much. If you’re enjoying the retreat, it’s likely that the participants will be too.

Step 7: Ask for feedback and reviews

How did it all go? It’s important to get feedback on your retreat to help improve your next one. You could ask the participants to fill in a simple feedback form before they leave or send out a brief online survey. Posting positive reviews on your website and social media channels will help promote your next retreats.

If you’re planning a yoga retreat, Spicer Manor provides the perfect backdrop to a yoga retreat, set in the beautiful Yorkshire countryside. Your students will be able to switch off from the world around them and totally chill out.

To discuss your requirements, please contact our bookings team on 07921 138 696 or email hello@spicermanor.co.uk.

Yorkshire farmhouse transformed into luxury venue

Did you know that Spicer Manor started life as a derelict Yorkshire farmhouse?

The original Spicer House Farm was owned by farmer William Burnand who retired in the 1980s and later died in 1989, leaving the farm unoccupied for 30 years.

Farmer William Burnand

Spicer Manor has undergone a complete restoration over a ten-year period and is now available for bookings for short breaks for large groups, special occasions, weddings and corporate retreats.

With views across to Ingbirchworth reservoir, the house sleeps 34 guests in 15 modern en-suite rooms, with high-quality fittings throughout. It also boasts a state-of-the-art cinema, games room and twin hot tubs.

Owner, Lisa Hunt, said: “It was important to me throughout the project to work with local tradespeople who have helped with everything from dismantling and rebuilding the existing walls, to constructing the new roof, and providing many of the interior features in the house.

“It’s been years in the making and we’re thrilled to now be able to welcome guests to enjoy the venue as much as we do.”

Guests can check availability via the website, with bookings taken directly by Lisa and the team.

She added: “We wanted to create a bespoke and personable service to ensure guests are looked after and have the most memorable stay.”

Spicer Manor owns a full wedding licence and provides a unique setting for a wedding. The grand hall provides space for an intimate ceremony, while the oak orangery is the perfect place to host a wedding breakfast. There is a lounge bar, and a private courtyard offers space for a barbeque or buffet reception.

The oak orangery seats 34 guests

The house can also be booked mid-week for corporate retreats, offering an unusual but functional venue which is convenient for transport links, but far enough away to ensure delegates can enjoy some time away from the office in the Yorkshire countryside.

Special occasions can be enjoyed at Spicer Manor, from special birthdays and anniversaries, to hen and stag parties. The house can also be booked for short breaks with family and friends and offers dog-friendly accommodation. Outside catering can be provided at an additional cost with Huddersfield-based Bradley’s Outside Catering.

Canapés prepared by Bradley’s Outside Catering

Spicer Manor is the sister business of Yorkshire Premier Cottages – a portfolio of five renovated cottages in and around Penistone and Stocksbridge. The Yorkshire Premier Cottages website and social media channels will launch in the coming months.

Why you should go horse riding during your UK break

Fresh air, exercise and the rhythmic clopping of hooves… horse riding is one of the most relaxing and rewarding activities you can take part in during a UK break. 

There are some fantastic equestrian facilities in the area around Spicer Manor and whether you’re an accomplished rider or a complete beginner, you can’t fail to be nourished by the stunning countryside you’ll pass through. 

There are plenty of riding centres within easy reach of Spicer Manor, including Silkstone Equestrian Centre, which has the added benefit of a well-stocked tack shop on-site. 

Worried about what to wear? Flat, sturdy shoes will keep your feet safe in the stirrups and thick trousers (such as jeans) will stop the saddle from rubbing your legs. You’ll be provided with a hat, and gloves are always a good idea, for both grip and warmth – especially in the ‘fresh’ Yorkshire winters.

If you’d rather watch horses than ride them, and you’re visiting at the right time, Spicer Manor is well-placed for some of the country’s most prestigious equestrian competitions.

Less than 30 miles away in Derbyshire you’ll find Chatsworth Horse Trials, which take place every year over three days in May. 

Down the road in Wetherby, you’ll find Bramham Horse Trials taking place in June and you can drive there in less than an hour. 

Travel over to East Yorkshire for Bishop Burton Horse Trials which take place throughout the eventing season and take just one-and-a-half hours to reach by car. 

Local low-level competitions can also be found much closer to home, with regular Leg Up Equestrian events just a couple of miles down the road in Millhouse Green, and Honley Show providing fun for all the family – even those who aren’t keen on horses! 

If you go riding during your stay at Spicer Manor, we’d love to see your photos. Tag us in on Facebook and Instagram @SpicerManor.

Giddy up! 

 

VIP guests welcomed to preview Spicer Manor

On Tuesday 18th June we welcomed VIP guests to preview Spicer Manor at our open house event.

Journalists, bloggers and local business people were invited to look round the extensive accommodation and taste delicious food prepared by chef Andrew Bradley and his team at Huddersfield-based Bradley’s Outside Catering.

The wonderful team at Bradley’s Outside Catering

Wedding pianist James Hey delighted guests with their favourite tunes in our grand hall, while drinks were enjoyed in the lounge bar, including wines supplied by Penistone Wine Cellars.

Canapés were served on arrival, before the delicious sit-down buffet was served, providing an opportunity for guests to catch up in the orangery around the beautiful oak table. Andrew’s signature trio of desserts was a particular favourite!

Andrew’s signature trio of desserts

One guest said of the event: “I can honestly say that Spicer Manor really is at the top of the tree and blew us away with an amazing wow factor. Lisa and Nicholas are very approachable and extremely friendly to their guests and visitors. Spicer Manor is a remarkable and outstanding property and they should be extremely proud of what they have created.”

Around 40 guests previewed the manor

Spicer Manor opened in January 2019 after a ten-year restoration project, which has seen the house transform from a derelict farmhouse into a luxury holiday home and events venue.

Spicer House Farm pictured in the 1980s

The house sleeps 34 guests in 15 charming en-suite rooms, with high-quality fittings throughout. Stunning views can be appreciated across to Ingbirchworth reservoir and the surrounding Yorkshire countryside. It also boasts a state-of-the-art cinema, games room and twin hot tubs.

Spicer Manor has a full wedding licence meaning you can spend your whole day with us. Our grand hall provides space for an intimate wedding ceremony, while the oak orangery is the perfect place to host a wedding breakfast. There is a lounge bar, and a private courtyard offers space for a barbeque or buffet reception.

Spicer Manor’s private courtyard

A wedding fair is planned to take place at Spicer Manor later in the year to showcase the venue to brides and grooms-to-be. Further details will be announced on our Facebook and Instagram pages in the coming months.

Spicer Manor is available for special occasions, corporate retreats and short breaks. Check availability or enquire via email at hello@spicermanor.co.uk or call 07921 138 696 to discuss your event requirements.  

Top 3 cycling routes in South Yorkshire

Spicer Manor sits in stunning Yorkshire countryside close to the Peak District National Park, making it the ideal location for getting on your bike. From flat off-road routes along old railway lines to more challenging climbs, the area has something to suit everyone, from beginners to experienced riders. Here are a few routes you could try during your stay. 

The Trans Pennine Trail

Running across the country from Southport to Hornsea, the Trans Pennine Trail offers 370 miles of signed cycle routes, much of which are off-road. The ten-mile section of the trail close to Spicer Manor runs from Dunford Bridge to Wortley along the route of the historic Woodhead railway line, providing a gentle gradient suitable for all riders. If that’s not enough, you can then continue into Wharncliffe Woods and explore the wide range of bike trails. The Trans Pennine trail has access points from the road in Millhouse Green and Penistone.

The trail is also the ideal place to go if you want to hire bikes. Cycle Penistone offers bike hire for all ages and is located right next to the trail, meaning you can avoid using any roads if you have smaller children. You can hire for two hours, half a day or a full day, with prices starting from £6 for a child bike. If you hire four bikes, you can hire the cheapest one free, which makes it an affordable way to spend the day. 

Slow tour of Yorkshire

The Trans-Pennine Trail is one of many cycle routes which form part of the ‘slow tour of Yorkshire’, set up to encourage less experienced cyclists to get on their bikes and ride easy off-road routes around the region. 

There are 21 ‘stages’ across Yorkshire, some of which are close to Spicer Manor and worth exploring. These include Sheffield to Rotherham following the route of the River Don, Barnsley to Old Moor nature reserve along another part of the Trans Pennine Trail, or Dewsburry to Oakenshaw alongside the Calder and Hebble Navigation Canal. All of these routes have bike hire and parking close by.

Le Tour hill climbs

If you’re looking for a more challenging ride, you might want to follow part of the Tour de France route when it came through Yorkshire back in 2014. This area is full of challenging ascents, many of which were tackled by the likes of Chris Froome and Mark Cavendish.

Holme Moss was part of the tour route and is brutal. You’ll climb over a thousand feet in just four miles from Holmfirth to the summit, but you’re rewarded with magnificent views across the Holme Valley. This route has become one of the most popular climbs in the area thanks to the Tour de France, so you’re unlikely to be alone as you tackle this ascent.

Alternatively, you could follow the undulating section of the Tour route from Midhopestones to Grenoside. Very few parts of this ten-mile route are flat, with four hill climb sections and steep descents, making the ride a challenging one for even the most experienced cyclists. When you make it to the end, you can then return to Spicer Manor using the previously mentioned (and much flatter!) Trans Pennine Trail through Wharncliffe Woods and back to Penistone.

If you go cycling during your stay at Spicer Manor, we’d love to see your photos. Tag us in on Facebook and Instagram @SpicerManor.