When Hannah Hauxwell’s cottage in Cotherstone came up for sale two-and-a-half years ago it attracted a huge amount of interest and plenty of viewings, thanks to the legion of fans who treasure the memory of the world’s most famous Daleswoman, who was immortalised in YTV documentaries and in books. Hannah had lived in the cottage for almost 30 years after bidding an emotional farewell to Low Birk Hatt, the remote family farm in Baldersdale, which was part of Yorkshire’s old North Riding and now in County Durham.
Viewers were in tears at the heartbreaking moment when Hannah moved from her farm to the centrally heated cottage in 1988 but she spent some of her happiest years in Cotherstone, which is close to Barnard Castle. In need of renovation, the cottage came up for sale after her death, aged 91, in 2018. Some may call it fate that the buyer was headteacher and property enthusiast Mark Siswick, who grew up in the village and knew Hannah well.
His transformation of her much-loved home is stunning and there is no doubt that she would be thrilled at him renaming the property "Hannah’s Cottage" and placing a blue plaque on the building in her homour.. Mark, now a London-based headteacher who recently won an MBE for services to education, has also included pictures, a portrait and books of our world famous "Daughter of the Dales" as part of the decor. Hannah's Cottage, Cotherstone, can be found on AirBnB.