The name ‘Neverlost’ is Russ’ fault. He’s a habitual hoarder, always saying that various odds and ends are ‘neverlost’, so many years ago his good friend Eddie carved this into a beautiful polished oak plaque for him. He never quite found the right place for it until a few years ago, when we’d converted our little barn into a handy annexe to our home, Cliffe View – definitely a ‘neverlost’
We were lucky enough to stumble across Cliffe View back in 2002, in need of lots of TLC and after a year of dirty jobs and decorating, with loads of help from family and friends, we had a home in Kettlewell. Two years later, however, we were at at again, turning the tumbling down barn at the back into ‘Neverlost’.
Neverlost is an upside down cottage, to make the most of the views down the valley and to the crags which brood above Kettlelwell. Stone steps lead up the outside to the barn door into the studio living room, with a leather sofa,wood burning stove, wall-mounted Freesat TV/DVD, free fast wi fi and Bose Wave radio/CD player, with MP3 socket.
The galley kitchen is compact but well equipped with a combination oven/grill/microwave, twin halogen hob, Belfast sink and a practical range of cooking utensils. Also off the living room is the shower room with wc, washbasin and towel heater.
A quirky spiral staircase leads to the bedroom, with paddle shaped steps which are a bit weird at first, but you soon get used to them and my 3-year old now scampers up and down quite easily. A local craftsman has turned the origional stable stall into a handsome solid wood double bed and there are lovely views to wake up to.