Chivas Cottage is about a mile from the shop at Wentworth, so it's the perfect base if you're travelling to come and visit us for a course or for free sample spinning/felting. Often small groups come for two or three nights to have free sample spinning/felting days.
Chivas Cottage is around 200 years old and is a grade 2 listed building due to its association with the start of the Industrial Revolution. It started off in life as part of a group of industrial buildings around Elsecar New Colliery. It was new in 1800. Now the middle of a terrace of 3. Around 1814 it was a tar distillery for a short period of time. The buildings were converted into small two room coal miner’s cottages about 150 years ago. In the more recent past in 1986 they were completely renovated and two cottages were made into one, hence the two numbers for our address. In 2008 an extension was added to the rear of the building to provide an additional bedroom, utility and shower room. Many of the interesting old features have been retained whilst being modernised.
The ground floor of Chivas Cottage is made up of an open plan kitchen, dining area and living room. To the front of the building is the entrance hall, leading to a separate utility room with washing machine and toilet and shower room.
Upstairs you'll find the bedrooms: 1 double and 2 twin rooms. There is also an upstairs bathroom and bath/shower. All bed linen and towels are provided
To the rear of the property is a garden and patio, a lovely spot to spend the warm evenings.
The kitchen is fully kitted out with all you'll need for your stay, and we always try and make sure that the cupboards are stocked with all the little odds-and-ends that you (we) can't do without. All cleaning materials are provided and there is also a dishwasher.
We provide food for breakfasts; selection of cereals, milk, bread, butter jams, eggs,teas, coffee.
As we use this ourselves as our second home it is better equiped than a standard holidy let.
Elsecar developed at the start of the Industrial Revoloution and there are still many features evident. Have a look at the Elsecar Heritage Centre website and the Elsecar Heritage Railway site. The cottge is about 50 yards away from the Necomen Atmospheric steam engine for pumping mine water. It is the only Newcomen engine in the world still in its original engine house. No longer pumping it is still working for demonstrations being driven electrically.