Double Room with shower. Ground floor.
Maximum 2 guests per room
Last Available Room
Our cosy ‘Studio’ bedroom was once the creative hub of local artist Sheila Bownas, and we are delighted to have recently refurbished the room to celebrate Sheila’s work.
Born on 4th March 1925, Sheila Catherine Bownas was an only child. She lived in Linton-in-Craven, North Yorkshire, where her parents Reg and Minnie owned and ran the village general store.
Displaying a natural talent from an early age and with the encouragement of her art mistress at Skipton Girls’ High School, Sheila secured a junior art scholarship to attend Skipton Art School from 1941 to 1946. She later gained a county art scholarship to attend the prestigious Slade School of Art in London. Here she won several prizes for her work, including the 1948 summer competition for ‘Figures Beneath Trees’ and five of Sheila’s paintings were exhibited at The Royal Academy of Arts.
After graduating in 1950 she pursued a career as a freelance designer, supplying patterns to clients including Liberty and Marks and Spencer, and moved between London and Linton for more than a decade before finally settling in her beloved Dales for the rest of her life. She continued selling designs by post for a further 20 years.
Sheila was at her happiest in Yorkshire. It was here that her natural talent truly flourished as an artist and designer. She continued to paint and draw local life right up until her death in 2007 at the age of 82.
The Studio now incorporates a selection of Sheila’s designs, look out for designs and motifs taken from outside the window and beyond in Linton village!