A CONVERTED barn attached to a centuries old farmhouse has been transformed into a fully renovated, home-from-home holiday apartment.
Alphin Apartment, situated on the Greenfield-Mossley boundary, only opened for business at the end of July.
Already guests have arrived from Asia, Europe and the length and breadth of the UK, much to the delight of owners Pam and Robert Smalley.
And the couple are proud to show off the area’s stunning scenery and attractions as much as the sparkling new, dog friendly, two-bedroom apartment, attached to the family home at Hole House Farm on Huddersfield Road.
“The reason I love doing it is because it brings people to see where we live,” said mum-of-three Pam.
“We do live in a lovely place and are always out and about ourselves.
“So we tell our visitors about the local area, about the cafes, shops and restaurants.
“We have provided an information pack for guests which we know people are taking out and using.
“Funnily enough though everyone who has stayed over a weekend hadn’t actually come for Rushcart, Cotton Clouds or even Yanks.
“They didn’t know it was on but then joined in once they found out.
“And as well as Saddleworth’s attractions, guests can hop on the train at Greenfield and Mossley and be in Manchester in less than half an hour.”
Alphin’s first guests arrived from Indonesia while another visitor, a professor from France, joined a university colleague as they came to assess the damage caused by recent moorland fires.
Other visitors have travelled from as far afield as Northumberland and Eastbourne.
“I always thought there was business potential for the building,” said Pam who with Robert has lived at Hole House farmhouse for 26 years.
“It was part of our house and used as one big playroom for our sons.
“At one point I thought about opening a nursery before we settled on the idea of doing a holiday flat.
“Work started at the beginning of the year and we opened in July.
“We have been full ever since and had some great reviews.”
Alphin apartment is open 365 days a year and comes with living room, kitchen/dining room, one double bedroom, one twin bedroom plus a shower room.
For more details and prices go online: www.cottages.com/cottages/alphin-apartment-ukc3332