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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, 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


August 1 – Yorkshire Day

commencing with an opening ceremony at 11.30am, with Ilkley's town crier and chairman 
of the parish council calling for order to celebrate the occasion, along with music and 
entertainment featuring the Phoenix Jazz Band playing and marching round the town.

 AUGUST 10th 11th 12th - CONTINENTAL MARKET ON THE GROVE
To support the market there will be live music on the Bandstand on each 
of the days
August 13th to 17th - Jazz Festival
Modern Jazz, Jazzdance , avant-garde , cool, bebop, progressive, chromatic and 
melodic jazz artists and bands.        

AUGUST 25th -  CONCERT ON THE GROVE…..
Traditional ‘Last Night of the Proms’ entertainment organised by the Ilkley 
Parish Council featuring the ever popular
Marsden Silver prize Band
31st August
Are you ready to ROCK! Immerse yourself in the incredible new live music experience with Rock For Heroes. 
Bringing the perfect combination of your favourite Rock & Pop artist across the eras,
in celebration of an incredible cause Help for Heroes.
Performed by a full live rock band and superb singers, it’s the must see show of the year. With music 
from artists such as Dire Straits, Status Quo, Queen, David Bowie, Madonna, Spandau Ballet, Bryan Adams, 
Elton John, Simple Minds and so many more. You won’t see a bad wig here, this isn’t a tribute act this is simply 
paying tribute, the best way we can to the legends in music. 

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?

Friday, 13 April 2018

Tour de Yorkshire Information - 4th May 2018

The Tour de Yorkshire returns to Ilkley for an exciting stage finish on Friday 4th May 2018.  Whilst it will be a great day, all departing and arriving guests, plus visitors, deliveries and staff need to be aware of ROAD CLOSURES that will affect getting to/from Westwood Lodge on the Friday. The following information is from the Council official website and offered in good faith. In brief: access to us is likely to only be possible (5am to 10pm) from the A65 and then via any of the "back roads" such as Victoria Avenue or Westville Road/Eaton Road, Parish Ghyll Drive, Princess Road and Queens Road round to us. Even then, the junction of the A65 and Brook Street will be closed as each race comes through. 

From 5am to 10pm the following roads will be closed:

  • The Grove
  • Cowpasture Road
  • Brook Street
  • Springs Lane (from Tesco to Station Road)
  • Station Road
  • Keighley Road (green lane over the moor)
Ilkley Lido will be closed throughout the event 
The women's race has an estimated arrival time (on Denton Road) of 12.15pm with an estimated latest finish time of 12.45pm. We expect that the A65 junction with New Brook Street and Brook Street will be closed between 11.45am and 1.15pm
The men's race has an estimated arrival time (on Denton Road) of 5.40pm with an estimated latest finish time of 6.10pm. We expect that the A65 junction with New Brook Street and Brook Street will be closed between 5.10pm and 6.40pm

Race publicity caravan

The Tour de Yorkshire publicity caravan will pass along the race route on the day of the event. Confirmed location and approximate timing for the caravan to get to the finish line is 4.57pm.

Race timing

An interactive map detailing the race routes can be found on the official Tour de Yorkshire website as follows:

Tuesday, 3 April 2018

2018 Winter/Spring Refurbishment Complete!

We've had a hectic time since New Year!  Our major project has been the complete stripping of the roofs of Coach House, Applebarn and part of Orchard Cottages.  These were built in 1890 and have NEVER had any insulation or major work.  The original slates were all taken down row-by-row, timbers treated (little was needed) and new Gold Insulation installed.  The original slates were then all relaid using modern rust-proof nails to replicate exactly how it was before.  However, at the same time, the leaning Victorian chimney was taken down and rebuilt using modern mortar and without the lean!


 The leadwork is very impressive
The finished dormers are very much late-Victorian
 The fretwork at the gable ends has all been restored including the finials
 The chimney has been rebuilt to how it was in about 1901
Various modern windows had been inserted over the years and these were all removed.  Handbuilt, hardwood double glazed windows have been used, replicating the original style and finish, by local craftsmen.  The lead finish on the dormers is particularly commendable.  A full redecoration, new boilers etc completed the work just in time for Easter.