Harvester Cottages were converted in 2010 from derelict farm buildings. The main buildings were, we believe, originally built for the manufacture of farm machinery and in particular the reaping machine. The reaping machine, or binder as it is sometimes known, revolutionised the labour-intensive harvesting activity of cutting and binding cereal crops, eliminating the use of the scythe. Reaping machines were made on the site up to the 1940s and were exported the world over. After the buildings ceased to be used to build reaping machines they became farm buildings and functioned as such until the turn of the century when they fell into disrepair and eventually dereliction. The cottage names have been taken from significant contributors to the invention and development of the reaping machine from the UK, America and its impact on the area of Kirkbridge.
These lovingly and carefully converted holiday cottages are set round two courtyards where every care has been taken with the quality of the conversion externally to have a sympathetic impact on the surrounding area of the cottages. The external courtyards have been designed and laid out with a mixture of hard and soft landscaping to give each cottage its own area with table and seating. Each property is well insulated, enjoying the benefits of a wood burning stove and under floor heating powered by ground source technology thereby giving a warm, cosy environment on the coldest day. Hot water is powered by solar energy. The cottages have been tastefully decorated and furnished to the highest standard.