The best holiday homes to rent in the heart of Happy Valley’s filming locations

Tourism in Calderdale has increased markedly thanks to the success of Sally Wainwright’s Happy Valley which concluded climactically on Sunday.

That’s because as well as unpredictable plot twists, emotional rollercoaster performances and crushing, laugh-out-loud burns, it showcases West Yorkshire’s finest scenery. And for superfans of the show, there’s enough to see and do in the area so you’ll need somewhere to stay for a few nights.

And no, you won’t have to slum it like Ivan or Matije; nor will you need Nevison’s wealth to stay somewhere decent. We’ve picked a handful of holiday digs in locations which featured heavily in all three series.

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We’ve tried to include a mixture of budget and splurge options, divided into the towns and villages where the majority of the action takes place. They’re ideal for touring the filming locations and enjoying the wealth of other tourist attractions in the area.

Hebden Bridge

Meg's Den, Hebden Bridge
Meg’s Den, Hebden Bridge
(Image: Sykes Cottages)

Hebden Bridge is where our protagonist Sgt Catherine Cawood lives and it’s one of the most vibrant small towns in Britain. The pioneering textile to bohemian town is surrounded by first-class scenery including the National Trust’s Hardcastle Crags.

The Retreat

This getaway at the northern end of the Calder Valley is about as Bronte-esque as it gets with some of the best views in West Yorkshire. The former farmhouse, on the edge of Bronte Country, is superbly equipped with all the mod cons and a hot tub. Close to £2,000 for seven nights might not sound cheap but with space for 12 guests, it’s competitive.

Meg’s Den

For something more central try this traditional but chic terraced cottage around the corner from Sgt Cawood’s house. The house, which sleeps four, has most of the things you’ll need for a short stay as well as decking to the rear and street parking to the front.

A seven-day stay off-season costs approximately £500. It’s closer to £1,000 in peak season.

Sowerby Bridge

This small town, a few miles east of Hebden Bridge was Sally Wainwright’s childhood home. That’ll be why Sowerby (pronounced ‘sore-bee’) Bridge features so prominently in Happy Valley. It’s a little rougher around the edges than Hebden Bridge – and subsequently less expensive – but it has a decent selection of pubs, bars, restaurants and more.

The Retreat @ Mill Race

The Retreat @ Mill Race, Sowerby Bridge
The Retreat @ Mill Race, Sowerby Bridge
(Image: Google Street View)

In a wood above Sowerby Bridge is this cute, one-bedroom flat with private gardens and views across the Calder Valley. It’s next to one of the prettiest stretches of the Rochdale Canal and within an easy (mostly downhill) walk of Sowerby Bridge centre.

Expect to pay around £60 a night.

Sandal Lodge

A cabin for £111 a night sounds a bit steep until you look at the view and the quality of the cabin you’ll be getting. Situated in the elevated hamlet of Norland you’ll be treated to first-class views across the valley from this modern, well-appointed garden cabin with an ensuite bathroom.


Tower Cottage (2nd white door from left), Halifax
Tower Cottage (2nd white door from left), Halifax
(Image: Google Street View)

The main town in Calderdale appears in almost every episode of Happy Valley at some point. What was once a depressed, postindustrial town is starting to repurpose itself as something of a tourism and shopping destination.

Tower Cottage

A stone’s throw from the landmark Wainhouse Tower is this homely and quaint terraced cottage. Even though it’s about a mile from the town centre, it’s in a remarkably sheltered, wooded area with rural views from the rear patio.

The cottage, which sleeps four, costs around £125 a night.

The Coach House

How about this former coach house in Halifax’s leafy Saville Park? It looks a bit minimalist inside but it’s cosy enough and has its own little garden. It’s on a cul-de-sac for extra quiet but less than 15 minutes walk into Halifax town centre.

The detached lodge, which sleeps two, costs around £150 a night.

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