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We're a small family run business. With our girls - Alice and Annie - and our great team, our aim is to send you home feeling relaxed and recharged after your stay.

We're always getting news and comments about Ilkley and Wharfedale - where to go, what to do, where to eat and sometimes where not to eat! So our blog is all about finding a place for all those titbits that could be of interest to guests and folk with a fondness for this beautiful part of The Yorkshire Dales.

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Saturday, 20 July 2019

Ilkley Summer Festival 2019


Continental Market Weekend
9th 10th & 11th August

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as usual the Grove will be closed for that period allowing you to enjoy a traffic free experience while you browse and shop.Various Bands will be appearing on all market days at the Bandstand to entertain you while you shop and relax:
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jazz festival 2019
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A bit of swing a lot of pizzazzDominic Halpin & the Honey B's

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10th August
at the Bandstand
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A Celebration of Barry Manilow
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Thursday 29th August 7.45 p.m.
Kings Hall Ilkley
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The Greatest Pop & Rock Celebration
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Friday 30th August 7.45 p.m.
Kings Hall Ilkley
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Concert on the GroveBandstand Area, The Grove, ILKLEY 
Saturday 31st August 2019

Thursday, 16 May 2019

The Ilkley Trophy - 17th to 23rd June 2019

"The Ilkley Trophy is a distinguished men’s and women’s tournament where the top tennis stars from around the world come to compete in both singles and doubles.
Ilkley has been chosen again for the Ilkley Trophy because of its superb facilities coupled with its friendly and ambitious members and staff, and after a long and successful track record of hosting LTA British Tour, ITF, and ATP Challenger events.

The 2016 Ilkley Trophy saw the opening of a stunning new club house and fitness suite, which was part of a £2.5 million investment in the club’s facilities.
Ilkley Lawn Tennis & Squash Club (ILTSC) is Yorkshire's leading tennis club. Established in 1880 the Club occupies a unique location by the River Wharfe in very picturesque surroundings looking up to the panoramic backdrop of the world-famous Ilkley Moor and The Cow & Calf Rocks"
For more information visit the ILTSC website
For more information on The Ilkley Trophy visit the Lawn Tennis Association website
Photo and text courtesy LTA

Saturday, 27 April 2019

Tour de Yorkshire Returns!

Mens Race coming near Ilkley - 3 chances to watch Stage 2 and 4

Women's Race coming near Ilkley - chance to watch Stage 1

The Tour de Yorkshire returns locally next week. Whilst not coming through Ilkley itself this year, there are several places nearby to watch both the mens and women races. Click here for full details:
https://letour.yorkshire.com/tour-de-yorkshire-2019/

Last year's Stage finish in Ilkley - Welcome to Yorkshire

Ilkley Civic Society Award for Conservation

We're delighted to have won another award for our conservation work to the Grade II Listed Historic Westwood Lodge.  This was for our cottage re-roofing last year which was "handled sympathetically with a view to meeting modern insulation standards whilst keeping the historic cottages as an important Ilkley asset". Nick Phillips was our lead contractor.


Wednesday, 27 March 2019

Ilkley Business Award Winners 2019

The Ilkley Business Awards 2019 took place last week and we were delighted that Westwood Lodge Ilkley Moor was announced outright winner as The Leisure and Tourism Business of the Year.

The awards took place at a gala dinner and dance at The King's Hall Ilkley, organised by Ilkley Business Forum and attended by over 200 businesses owners and local celebrities. Dignitaries included the Leader of the Council, MP John Grogan and the Mayor of Ilkley, Cllr Stephen Butler.


A panel of independent judges had based their decision on our track record of customer satisfaction and high standards over 21 years. 

We don't claim to be extra-special and recognise that we've got plenty of things to improve upon.  However, this award is down to the hard work of our small, dedicated team, some of whom were able to join us on stage for this very special night.  Thank you too to our many guests who keep returning and make it all worthwhile!

Justine and Lel celebrate on the grand staircase



Thursday, 24 January 2019

Agency bookers score us 9.5 out of 10 - "Exceptional"!


We're delighted that guests staying with us in 2018 have - on average - given us 9.5 out of 10 for ALL aspects of their stay.  This is the HIGHEST RATING OF ANY MAIN ACCOMMODATION PROVIDER in Ilkley or Addingham, beating all the main hotels and other cottage complexes in the area.  

James Waters -Vice-President of Parter and Customer Services at booking.com in Amsterdam wrote:
"Delivering such an incredible experience to our guests is the result of dedication, passion and a lot of hard work"
Kind words, but we know we can't rest on our laurels.  We're currently busy on refurbishment work during the quieter winter months, to be even better in 2019!   
 
  

Thursday, 23 August 2018

Tickets go on sale 10:00 Tuesday 28th August

Ilkley Literature Festival tickets go ON SALE at 10am PROMPT on Tuesday 28th.  Don't delay! Some headline events get sold out WITHIN MINUTES! 

The festival runs from Friday 28th September (with the odd earlier event) until Sunday 14th October 2018.

If you want to book accommodation with us but are not sure you'll get tickets quickly enough, we will bend our rules!  Book your apartment or cottage at Westwood Lodge and, if you find on Tuesday 28th ONLY that you need to change dates - or even cancel - we'll arrange things without any administration or cancellation charge.  Note - this ONLY applies if you've booked directly with us between 23rd and 28th August for a stay arriving between 28th September and 14th October. Its not valid if you choose to book through a third-party booking agency (as they have different rules) and is only valid if you subsequently email us on Tuesday 28th August 2018, requesting a change or cancellation.


Monday, 13 August 2018

Ilkley Literature Festival - What's On?

http://www.ilkleyliteraturefestival.org.uk/whats-on/festival
Dan Snow, Susan Calman, Alan Bennett, John Simpson, Nadita Hussain and many more all coming to the Ilkley Literature Festival.  Tickets go on sale later this month.


Wednesday, 1 August 2018

Ilkley Summer Festival 2018 - now on!

The fantastic Ilkley Summer Festival 2018 is now under way! There is a great programme of (mainly) free events throughout August! See http://summerfestival.ilkley.org



Monday, 7 May 2018

Cycle the Tour de Yorkshire 2018!

What a fantastic stage finish we had here on Ilkley Moor!  Thousands lined the route to cheer the cyclists up to The Cow and Calf Rocks and the finish line of this challenging stage.  This was the scene more than an hour before the stage finish!


The caravan procession of sponsors was greeting with big cheers as goodies were handed out!


The famous Cow and Calf Rocks were adorned with Yorkshire flags 

Finally, the riders came storming up the gradient for the first ever climb finish of the Tour de Yorkshire.  The women's event had followed the same route for most of the day and was equally as exciting! 

Find out more and watch the highlights at https://letour.yorkshire.com

Why not book your stay with us and cycle part (or all!) of the stage?

Friday, 13 April 2018

Tour de Yorkshire Information - 4th May 2018

The Tour de Yorkshire returns to Ilkley for an exciting stage finish on Friday 4th May 2018.  Whilst it will be a great day, all departing and arriving guests, plus visitors, deliveries and staff need to be aware of ROAD CLOSURES that will affect getting to/from Westwood Lodge on the Friday. The following information is from the Council official website and offered in good faith. In brief: access to us is likely to only be possible (5am to 10pm) from the A65 and then via any of the "back roads" such as Victoria Avenue or Westville Road/Eaton Road, Parish Ghyll Drive, Princess Road and Queens Road round to us. Even then, the junction of the A65 and Brook Street will be closed as each race comes through. 

From 5am to 10pm the following roads will be closed:

  • The Grove
  • Cowpasture Road
  • Brook Street
  • Springs Lane (from Tesco to Station Road)
  • Station Road
  • Keighley Road (green lane over the moor)
Ilkley Lido will be closed throughout the event 
The women's race has an estimated arrival time (on Denton Road) of 12.15pm with an estimated latest finish time of 12.45pm. We expect that the A65 junction with New Brook Street and Brook Street will be closed between 11.45am and 1.15pm
The men's race has an estimated arrival time (on Denton Road) of 5.40pm with an estimated latest finish time of 6.10pm. We expect that the A65 junction with New Brook Street and Brook Street will be closed between 5.10pm and 6.40pm

Race publicity caravan

The Tour de Yorkshire publicity caravan will pass along the race route on the day of the event. Confirmed location and approximate timing for the caravan to get to the finish line is 4.57pm.

Race timing

An interactive map detailing the race routes can be found on the official Tour de Yorkshire website as follows:

Tuesday, 3 April 2018

2018 Winter/Spring Refurbishment Complete!

We've had a hectic time since New Year!  Our major project has been the complete stripping of the roofs of Coach House, Applebarn and part of Orchard Cottages.  These were built in 1890 and have NEVER had any insulation or major work.  The original slates were all taken down row-by-row, timbers treated (little was needed) and new Gold Insulation installed.  The original slates were then all relaid using modern rust-proof nails to replicate exactly how it was before.  However, at the same time, the leaning Victorian chimney was taken down and rebuilt using modern mortar and without the lean!


 The leadwork is very impressive
The finished dormers are very much late-Victorian
 The fretwork at the gable ends has all been restored including the finials
 The chimney has been rebuilt to how it was in about 1901
Various modern windows had been inserted over the years and these were all removed.  Handbuilt, hardwood double glazed windows have been used, replicating the original style and finish, by local craftsmen.  The lead finish on the dormers is particularly commendable.  A full redecoration, new boilers etc completed the work just in time for Easter.