“Someone needs to do something with those old barns...”
Anyone driving along the A65 from Skipton towards the Lake District in the last 20 years would have said the same of the old Cleatop Farm. When local friends, Simon & Sally Robinson and Mark & Heather Hancock, saw the farmstead for sale, they took the plunge with an ambitious idea to create an inspiring and upmarket rural destination in the north of England. As Mark says:
"The focus was on quality, craftsmanship, traditional skills and modern flair. And that was the emphasis on site from the start."
We used an entirely local team to develop and build The Courtyard – main contractor Keith Blades still loves to come for Saturday brunch in the Brasserie and admire his work. And we paid the same attention to finding independent, expert and high quality retailers to fulfil our vision for visitors. When we opened in May 2012, we were delighted with the response from locals and visitors alike. Soon afterwards, we we awarded the CPRE (Campaign for the Preservation of Rural England) first quality mark in five years.
Visit us and you’ll see how we’ve respected the beautiful old buildings and their traditional farmyard setting. Come inside and you'll be surprised by the unexpected feeling of space, light and colour. We set out to create a beautiful space where our visitors can relax and linger, away from the hustle and bustle.
The lovely Courtyard is now framed by rose arches, you can daydream on bespoke benches, and in the spring admire our stunning tulip displays. The fountain sparkles in summer sunlight, and come winter-time the huge Christmas tree twinkles from afar. Wave to steam trains on the famous Settle-Carlisle line that passes our carpark, and drink in the lovely limestone landscape that surrounds us.