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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, 23 April 2011

My Personal Sanctuary - Bringing an Organic Beauty Experience to You!

If you want to relax and be pampered during your break, then you've come to the right place! New for 2011, we’re teaming up with My Personal Sanctuary to offer you treatments, including warming deep tissue massages; cleansing & detoxifying body wraps; nourishing & conditioning facials; hand & feet treats; and holistic, full body treatments. My Personal Sanctuary uses lovely fresh organic products to leave you feeling energised and rejuvenated. My Personal Sanctuary has a variety of Pamper Packages & Treatments as well as Special Offers for you to indulge in and fully let go! My Personal Sanctuary will offer gorgeous Organic Spa Treatments carried out within the comfort of your cottage or apartment. Whatever the occasion whether it be a bride that needs buffing and beautifying, happy hens, sophisticated stags, worn out mums-to-be, tired mummy's & daddy's, a romantic break, birthday celebration, reunion, family fun, pre- wedding treat or girly get together there are specifically designed Pamper Packages & Treatments to indulge. The professional therapists will literally bring the Spa to you & your friends & family. Treatments will be carried out using lovely fresh organic products leaving you feeling energised and rejuvenated whilst massaging your eco ego! Treatments range from a warming deep tissue massage, to cleansing and detoxifying body wraps, to nourishing and conditioning facials, to holistic full body journeys. Many of our guests find this is the perfect way to unwind, appreciate and enjoy the beautiful surrounds you have so carefully selected!

Thursday, 14 April 2011

New catering service for guests

We're delighted to announce that renowned Ilkley Cordon Bleu Party and events chef - Sarah Lawson - who used to own The Rocky Valley Deli here in Ilkley - has introduced a brand new service for guests staying at Westwood lodge Ilkley Moor. For as little as £25 per head, Sarah will come preparesuch delights as Grilled Crottin with Pear and Walnut Salad, followed by Braised Leg of Lam Beaujolais and Ratouille and finishing with Pannacotta with Orange Flower Strawberries. Pre-dinner canapes and a cheese course can both be added - if you've room!

Green Tourism Week 6th - 13th June 2011

As accredited Gold members of the Green Tourism Business Scheme, we'll be joining in the first ever Green Tourism Week. We're looking at a range of ideas for things we can do. Ideas so far include a "pen and phone amnesty". All old pens and mobiles received will be donated to charity for re-use. We're also going to have a special home-grown vegetable growing class for children staying that week. We're trying to encourage a low car use week with an extra push for us all to use our excellent local train and bus services - or even our excellent two legs! Nationally, environmental campaigner Tony Juniper has been appointed patron of the first Green Tourism Week, which is being endorsed by VisitEngland. Juniper is currently a special adviser to the Prince of Wales Charities' International Sustainability Unit and a senior associate with the Cambridge University Programme for Sustainability Leadership. He will be a figurehead for Green Tourism Week as well as preparing blogs and chairing a panel of green tourism experts. Jason Freezer of VisitEngland said: "Sustainability is fast becoming an essential part of competitive positioning in the tourism industry and VisitEngland is delighted to support a campaign which will help showcase to the industry the superb work already being done in this area and which demonstrates that green is increasingly not just a 'nice to have' but rather an essential strategic driver for business growth." For more details about Green Tourism Week click here

Tuesday, 12 April 2011

So much, so near, so different. Have a brilliant Yorkshire!

Westwood Lodge Ilkley Moor was delighted to be at the Welcome to Yorkshire launch for summer 2011 held yesterday at The Grand Theatre and Opera House in Leeds. The conference learned of a vast array of campaigns aimed at further showcasing Yorkshire as the visitor destination. As an example, last night's Coronation Street saw a brand new TV advertising campaign launched on ITV1. Welcome to Yorkshire's Gary Verity said:
"Building on our previous award-winning campaigns, we're broadcasting a brand new TV advertisement into homes across the UK with, ‘So much, so near, so different. Have a brilliant Yorkshire' as our new slogan and if you miss that you'll certainly not miss our sponsorship deals which will accompany a number of prime-time TV programmes."
The campaign introduces the strapline ‘So much, so near, so different. Have a brilliant Yorkshire’ which will also run across TV promotions, press advertising and outdoor marketing at prime sites. See the new adverts here

Monday, 11 April 2011

ITV The Dales

In a new, 12-part series for ITV1, Adrian Edmondson returns to the county of his birth, Yorkshire, to bring us the stories behind a summer in the life of the Yorkshire Dales. The Dales is currently on ITV Mondays at 8pm. Spectacularly beautiful they may be – but the Dales are also a challenging environment for the people who live there in some of its remote communities. Adrian used to spend many of his childhood summers in the Yorkshire Dales with his family, but in this series he meets a number of characters who live all year round there amidst the stunning scenery. Adrian Edmondson commented to ITV
My parents were very keen on ‘days out’ and picnics, we spent a lot of our time visiting Bolton Abbey, and Aysgarth Falls and we used to walk across Ilkley Moor about once a week. The Dales is also like a geography text book, I spent a lot of time going there on school field trips. As I got into my mid teens the Dales became a regular spot for me and my mates to go camping/hiking/chasing girls/trying to get served in pubs....
Information courtesy of ITV.