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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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Tuesday, 28 January 2020

Tour de Yorkshire returns to Ilkley!




Yet again, the organisers have chosen Ilkley as one of the places that the races will pass through.  This year it's on the all-important final day - STAGE 4 - of the mens' race from Halifax to Leeds. Heading down from Greenhow Hill, the race will cross the River Wharfe before climbing up The Cow and Calf and on to Menston and Leeds. It's a 177.5km epic and Sunday 3rd May 2020 is a day not to be missed!

See https://letour.yorkshire.com for more information

Monday, 27 January 2020

Tilly Pig RIP

Our very first - and longest surviving - kune-kune pig - Tilly - has sadly passed away. She was 12 years old - said to be a very good age for a pig!  She was always a popular lady here at Westwood Lodge. As well as eating lots of food scraps from guests and gorging herself on grass cuttings in summer, she would always sit and take an apple or banana skin without biting or nibbling the hand feeding her. She was always very clean and kept a careful watch on everything happening in the gardens.  She was also covered by Paula's Pig Walking Licence issued by the Council and DEFRA.  She will be sadly missed.  

We still have five hens that lay the free-range eggs for guest cakes and Ronnie dog is always available for walks on Ilkley Moor.   

Saturday, 20 July 2019

Ilkley Summer Festival 2019


Continental Market Weekend
9th 10th & 11th August

market
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?