Billy the Hen and Rocket the Cow

We love our pets here at Layhead. Many of you may remember Billy the hen who insisted on NOT living in the hen house with the other ‘girls’. After many anxious nights searching for her in the bushes (and believe us, it’s not easy looking for a chicken in the dark), in the end we gave up trying to make her roost with the others. We created her own nesting box at the door of the boot room next to Stables. Honestly, the lengths we will go to make our furry or feathered friends happy!

If you’ve visited Layhead you may have seen the stain glass window in one of the cottages with the head of a cow on it. That’s ‘Rocket’. She was one of our cows who had a mind of her own. She would wander to the milking parlour in her own time, hence the name Rocket. She would never be rushed.

We know many of our guests have their own pets. Usually, dogs come to stay with their families at Layhead, but we’ve had rabbits and guinea pigs on the odd occasion too!

Here in the UK, from 1 April – 10 May, it’s National Pet Month. In the words of the organisers,

“As an educational campaign, National Pet Month is unique in bringing together animal welfare charities, professional bodies, pet businesses, schools, youth groups, and pet lovers.”.

If you want to find out more, check out the link below. Definitely worth a look if you’re an avid pet lover.

National Pet Month

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Sleep Easy

Throughout March, it’s National bed month here in the UK, and we take sleep seriously at Layhead Farm Cottages.

We understand that getting a good night’s sleep is one of the main keys to relaxation, which is why we ensure all the beds in our cottages are comfortable for guests.

In an ideal world, a minimum of 8 hours sleep is recommended to wake up feeling refreshed and raring to go. Sadly, it’s not always possible at home. Your general health, thinking about work, noise and the bed itself are contributing factors to a poor nights kip.

If you’re not sleeping well, you can find lots of helpful information and tips on the Sleep Council’s website

If you need to relax, Layhead Farm Cottages is the perfect place to unwind from a busy lifestyle, and catch up on lost sleep.

Take a local walk in the surrounding countryside. Watch the wildlife and listen to the babbling brook. Amble back to your cottage and relax with a hot drink in front of a roaring fire. And when it’s bedtime, climb into your comfortable cottage bed and gently slip into the land of nod, listening out for the hoot of an owl or the cry of a passing fox.

“A good laugh and a long sleep are the best cures in the doctor’s book.” – Irish Proverb

Happy Sleeping!

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The most-loved pies in the UK

There’s nothing nicer on a cold winter’s evening than sitting down to a warm comforting pie for dinner.

With the onset of National Pie week this week, we’ve done some investigating to find out what the nations favourite pie is.

According to new research, we discovered that the humble cottage pie is top of the league, followed closely by the classic chicken pie.

The marvellous thing about pies is that you can put whatever takes your fancy into them. Here are 8 weird and wonderful concoctions:

  1. Dorito And Onion Pie
  2. Avocado Pie
  3. Cheeseburger Pickle Pie
  4. Mac and Cheese with Bacon Pie
  5. Stargazy Pie
  6. Nacho Pie
  7. Green Tomato Pie
  8. Pickle and Peanut Butter Pie with Yogurt

We’re just not convinced about the pickle and peanut butter pie with yogurt!

Here’s the link if you want to check out the recipes and find more quirky pies.

17 Strange Pies You Still Might Eat

Have you got any weird pie recipes you’d like to share? Send it to us at

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It’s Pancake Day! Yay!

Today has got to be one of the BEST days of the year! Why? Because it’s Pancake Day – yay!

Pancakes are so adaptable. You can fill them with something sweet, something savoury or you can eat them just as they are.

Here are some fantastic pancake facts.

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Making a splash – World Wetlands Day

If you ever come at stay here at Layhead Farm Cottages, take a walk along the main road to the village car park which you’ll find on the right-hand side of the road heading towards Settle. It’s just a few yards from Rathmell Brow (the hill leading into Rathmell).

Stand by the fence opposite the car park entrance (you might like to take some binoculars if you have some). Not only is this a fantastic spot to watch the early morning sunrise and the moon creep over the hills on a clear night, it’s also a wonderful place to view the valley.

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