Country House Holiday Cottages and Apartments in Beautiful Wharfedale.
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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.
Following the latest Government advice we plan to reopen as normal on Monday 6th July.
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.
We're aware that a lot of NHS Key Workers are being accommodated in hotels under the NHS Key Worker Accommodation Scheme. We also know from calls received that, 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. Your line manager (or other person booking your accommodation), can request a stay with us. We can supply the details.
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!
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We will issue updated information here, as and when we have it.
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.
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!
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!
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!
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.
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:
"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"
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.
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!