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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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Thursday, 25 June 2020

Great news! We're re-opening!


Great news!  We’re reopening in time for the summer! Bookings are getting confirmed and we look forward to everyone - old and new - staying with us.

There will be a few changes due to Government directives, but we’re confident these won't spoil people's stay. Indeed, most of Ilkley is getting back to normal with many shops fully open and pubs, tea-tooms and restaurants re-opening in early July. Trains and buses are running.

Go to:
your log-in page for the latest information (if you have a booking with us)
Ilkley Chat for what's happening locally
What you can do from 4th July for Government guidance

We need to ensure everyone is safe. We will be working to the new official Visit Britain Coronavirus acreditation scheme "Good to Go".  We will be writing to everyone booked but, based on our thorough risk assessments, we know that:-

  • We will be Good to Go acredited by Visit Britain before we re-open. This is the official UK mark to signal that a hospitality business has worked hard to follow Government and industry COVID-19 guidelines and has a process in place to maintain cleanliness and aid social distancing. To comply means we need more time on changeover days, so check-in time is now slightly later.
  • Government guidance about who can stay, and social distancing rules must be followed by guests.
  • Shared facilities will be closed to comply with Government guidelines and to reduce risk. This means our hot tub, sauna, workout room and Wendy house and trampoline etc. are, unfortunately, not going to be available.
  • If anyone becomes ill with possible COVID-19 symptoms during their stay you must follow NHS guidance and you let us know immediately, so we can discuss the implications and take appropriate action.
  • On departure day, we will ask for your help with a few tasks to minimise risk for all. We will need you to strip the beds and place dirty linen and towels safely into our enclosed laundry bags. In the kitchen we ask that all crockery, glassware and cutlery is washed in the dishwasher and put away. We will need all rubbish carried out to the designated area and recycling split into the different bins. 
  • Before you leave us, we will ask you a few quick questions about the health of your group, to check for any possible coronavirus risk.

​We're so pleased to be re-opening safely and really look forward to everyone staying with us.


Tim, Paula and the team at
Westwood Lodge Ilkley Moor

 

Tuesday, 23 June 2020

WE'RE RE-OPENING ON 4TH JULY!

The UK Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, has confirmed that we can re-open on 4th July. We are studying the details and implications and will post more information as soon as we can.

Friday, 19 June 2020

Westwood Lodge Re-opening

We are constantly getting questions about our re-opening date and asking us to definitely confirm summer stays here. Everyone seems to assume that we have privileged information from the Government!  
In short, we don't yet know which hospitality businesses will be allowed to re-open or when
The Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, made a statement in early May that hospitality businesses would start to be allowed to re-open from 4th July at the earliest. The date has not been confirmed since, but it's the one that everyone in the hospitality sector is working to.  We have met with our MP and explained how difficult it is to plan without guidance. He has written to the Tourism Minister as well as to the Cabinet Office. Our trade association, The Professional Association of Self-Caterers (PASCUK) has been lobbying several ministers, alongside other trade bodies and tourism groups. We had been told that a statement would be made yesterday (Thursday 18th June) but the day came and went. 

Current thinking suggests that some hospitality businesses will be allowed to reopen in England on Saturday 4th July. This is likely to only include places where there are no shared facilities. So, holiday cottages and apartments plus static caravans and possibly motorhome sites look set to get the go- ahead. Other activities such as camping in tents (including wild camping), camper vans, bed and breakfasts and hotels - anything with shared/ communal facilities - may not be allowed to re-open yet.
In the meantime, we are taking bookings on the basis that we will be allowed to re-open. We know that everyone else needs to plan their summers and we are getting ready behind the scenes ready to re-open.  We have carried out safety risk assessments on our business and have new detailed cleaning protocols and procedures "Good to Go" to ensure guest and staff safety.  If we are not allowed to re-open (because the number of new Covid-19 cases starts to rise) then we will give everyone who has booked a full refund of monies paid, or a transfer of funds to a stay later in the year.  

So, we can only reiterate, that we have active plans and preparations so that we can "go" and we will let you know about our re-opening just as soon as we know!

Kind regards


Tim and Paula

Monday, 15 June 2020

Westwood Lodge - What facilities will be closed when you re-open?

We regret that communal (shared) facilities will need to remain closed for the foreseeable future.  These include:- 

  • The Cellars - hot tub, sauna, workout room, sun bed and changing rooms
  • The Wee Shop 
  • The Wendy House, garden games and trampoline 
We regret that non-residents cannot visit Westwood Lodge at the present time.

Each cottage has its own private garden and the apartments have a shared roof terrace where social distancing will work.

Ilkley Moor is open as are shops and take away services in Ilkley.  Trains and buses are running to a revised timetable.

Coronavirus - Latest update

Following the latest Government advice we plan to reopen "as normal" on Saturday 4th July. We will be writing to all guests about enhanced cleaning, which facilities will be open and precautions affecting your stay.

Many dates are getting reserved and you can book your summer/autumn stay with us with confidence. If Government directives prevented us from being open,  you would be refunded in full.

Until 4th July,  we can only offer accommodation to key workers and anyone else required to stay in Ilkley for essential reasons. Our accommodation is classed as “dwelling houses” which means each cottage/ apartment is completely self-contained (bathroom, kitchen, own washing machine/dryer, hot water system etc). 

Call 07841 697186 to book a stay between now and 4th July.

For the latest UK Government advice click here

For the Ilkley information click here

We will issue updated information here, as and when we have it. 


Tim Edwards
Westwood Lodge Ilkley Moor
  

Tuesday, 5 May 2020

Coronavirus (Covid-19)


This post has since been updated
We can only currently offer accommodation to key workers and anyone else required to stay in Ilkley for essential reasons, but who’s regular home is not here or which is unavailable. Our accommodation is classed as “dwelling houses” which means each cottage/ apartment is completely self-contained (bathroom, kitchen, own washing machine/dryer, hot water system etc). We can offer stays of several weeks. All guests must follow Government “at home” directives. Please email or text 07841 697186 to enquire about staying NOW. 

We cannot offer holidays or other non-essential stays at this time but are taking bookings for all dates on/ after 1st June.

Although the current Government social-distancing is only in place until 10th May, we cannot see it being lifted then. We have therefore contacted all guests who are booked to stay with us in the next few weeks regarding options. All stays arriving before 31st May need to request a refund or a delayed trip.

We are now taking bookings for summer (from 1st June) and autumn 2020.  Many dates are getting reserved. If Coronavirus prevents us from being open, we will defer your stay without charge - so book your UK break with confidence!
For the latest UK Government advice click here

For the latest Coronavirus updates affecting Ilkley click here

We will issue updated information here, as and when we have it. 

Tim Edwards
Westwood Lodge Ilkley Moor
     

Wednesday, 22 April 2020

NHS Key Workers Accommodation Scheme

We're aware that a lot of NHS Key Workers are being accommodated in Leeds, Bradford and Harrogate city centre hotels under the NHS Key Worker Accommodation Scheme. We also know from calls received that, after a couple of weeks, life in such hotels can become very restrictive, especially as there are no communal hotel amenities open.  We are also in the scheme and it is perfectly possible to stay with us under it. A company called CAP Worldwide are the outsourced agent who specifically arrange SERVICED APARTMENTS for the scheme. Your line manager (or other person booking your accommodation), can request a stay with us - through CTM ("Hotel team", option 1) quoting "NHS Support" as the project code. We can supply the number or email on request.

The scheme only covers NHS staff who's family are self-isolating and are unable to return home or who require emergency accommodation due to urgent response or other mitigating factors or are GPs contracted to provide clinical services away from their home area. 

Monday, 20 April 2020

What are we up to?

Like all self-catering businesses, we've been in "lockdown" since 24th March. Only key workers and others requiring to be in Ilkley are currently allowed to stay. As you can imagine, this has had a devastating affect on our business. Normally, we would expect to be just about full throughout March, April, May and the Easter/ May Holidays. Instead, all stays booked to arrive since the lockdown have been refunded in full, or deferred to later in 2020. 

We've used the lull to catch up on loads of jobs including repairs, renewals and inventory checks.  We've offered our accommodation to NHS key workers and currently have a recent medical graduate staying who is in training locally before heading off to Liverpool to work in a hospital. 

Paula is a pro with the sewing machine and has been part of Ilkley Scrubs.  This is a group of local women making scrubs for local GP surgeries and care homes in the district.  Paula has used surplus duvet covers and table cloths as material and the end result has been fantastic!  She has been using me as a model (she says she needed an XL person!) but someone younger is really required to show them to best effect! 

For more about Ilkley Scrubs click here

Stay at home.  Stay safe!




Tuesday, 3 March 2020

Booking.com Traveller Review Awards 2020

 Thank you to everyone who has submitted a review to the Traveller Review Awards 2020.  We are delighted to have further improved our ratings this year.  Last year we were at 9.5 and this has increased to 9.6 for our apartments and 9.8 for our cottages for 2020.  We've also again won a Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence 2020 - an award we've won every year since they were launched in 2010!   

We're not taking our foot of the accelerator though! We've looked at areas we can further improve and have spent the winter renewing and upgrading.  In particular:- 

- Enlarged Orchard Cottage, returning it to it's layout in Edwardian times. It has a new utility room with separate washing machine and tumble dryer.  This enlargement makes Orchard Cottage at least the same size as Applebarn and Coach House.

- Major rewiring in all cottages and apartments. This brings everywhere up to current 2020 EU standards

- New individual hot water tanks in each apartment - no more waiting for hot water if a neighbour has a large bath! 

- New Mira Sports showers is each apartment (replacing slipper baths) 

- Washing machine/ dryer in each apartment in new utility cupboards 

We fully reopen in mid-March and hope to see you again soon!

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

Dominic_on_the_Grove
10th August
at the Bandstand
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A Celebration of Barry Manilow
manilow 
Thursday 29th August 7.45 p.m.
Kings Hall Ilkley
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The Greatest Pop & Rock Celebration
rock for heroes-1-200-200-100-crop
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