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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, 13 November 2008

Christmas Lights 2008

The Christmas lights are going up! The big switch on will be at 5pm on Saturday 29th November. Procession starts at about 4.45pm from the Health Centre.

Recent comments from guests staying in Westwood Lodge Cottages

"We have thoroughly enjoyed our stay. The old Gallery has been perfect and the cake was lovely" (Clarke and Woodall families, Cheshire) "The Old Gallery had everything we needed and we would have liked to stay a little longer. The girls liked the garden and pgs. Thank you for the welcome tray and cake" (Hughes family, Nottinghamshire) "A superweek. Very comfortable stay. Downstairs bedroom a massive bonus for mum-in-law. Wonderful accommodation to explore super surroundings. A big thank you for us as we return to the noise of London. We will be back!" (McKay family, Ealing) "We will certainly recommend Westwood Lodge to our friends" (Dickinson family. Newark) "Words are not enough to convey how very welcome we have felt here. We have been so cosy and comfortable in this luxury home from home. THANK YOU!" (Frances and Tom Brophy, Stockport) "Lovely week, good weather, beautiful area. Very comfortable accommodation" (The Haynes Party, Northampton) "An absolutely fantastic weekend. Had an absolutely lovely time. Made to feel very welcome. Fantastic location and facilities. Loved the animals, cakes and wine - extra special touches. We would recommend Westwood Lodge to anyone!" (Ruth's hen weekend - Newcastle, Belfast, Glasgow, London,Sheffield and Dundee)

Thursday, 3 July 2008

Cherie Blair to Open Ilkley Literature Festival 2008

Former First Lady Cherie Blair is to be the opening speaker at The 2008 Ilkley Literature Festval. Other key note speakers will include the last Governor of Hong Kong - Chris Patten, poet Ian Macmillan and broadcaster Kate Adie. The festival runs from Friday 3rd October until 19th of the month. Westwood Lodge has availability for most dates and we advise early booking. Tickets for the Festival go on sale on 26th August. Popular names sell out very quickly! By joining the Friends of the Festivval you get priority bookings.

Friday, 27 June 2008

We've now got Piglets!

Matilda and Wilber (Tilly and Willy) are our two new pet piglets. They are already a huge hit with guests and better behaved than Pudding the dog (or Tim for that matter...)

Where to Visit, Eat and Drink - Your latest views...

Some favourable reports... The National Railway Museum at York Ilkley Moor Vaults - "Great food and they take dogs too" The Box Tree - "For obvious reasons" Betty's - "Excellent as ever. Good food and lovely atmosphere" The train service into Leeds - "Excellent" The wonderful views from the apartments Bolton Abbey - "Beautiful surroundings" Ingleton - "waterfall walk, caves and great fish and chips" The Wells Bistro - "Good food" Monkman's - "Excellent Early Bird menu"

Where to Visit, Eat and Drink - More views...

Betty's - "The quality is good. We went 5 times!" The train service - "Excellent" Wells Bistro - "Good Food" RHS Harlow Carr - "If you like gardens and gardening" Grassington The Craven Heiffer at Addingham - "Excellent range of food - especially fish and friendly atmosphere" The Fleece at Addingham - "Excellent food" and maybe not so good at the moment... Monkman's - "Overpriced and mediocre" but another guest reports "Excellent. Good food and early bird menu well priced" Haworth - "Crowds for Sunday Wartime event. Went Tuesday and it was brilliant - specially The Parsonage."

Summer Festivals 2008

These are just a few local events not to be missed this summer! Broughton Game Show - Sunday 29th June at Broughton Hall www.broughtongameshow.co.uk The Great Yorkshire Show - Tuesday 8th - Thursday 10th July at Harrogate. www.greatyorkshire.co.uk Ilkley Summer Festival - 1st to 30th August www.ilkleysummerfestival.com Kettlewell Scarecrow Festival - 9th to 17th August Burnsall Feast Sports - 23rd August www.burnsallsports.co.uk Malham Show - 23rd August - www.malhamdale.com Kinsey Show - 26th August - www.kilnseyshow.co.uk Harrogate Autumn Flower Show - 12th to 14th September - www.flowershow.org.uk Ilkley Literature Festival - 3rd to 19th October - www.ilkleyliteraturefestival.org.uk