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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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Wednesday, 1 April 2020

Coronavirus (Covid-19) - LATEST UPDATE

We can only 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. We cannot offer holidays or other non-essential stays at this time.

Please email or text 07841 697186 for urgent enquiries.

We will be contacting all guests who had booked to stay with us in the next few weeks regarding options. Please bear with us as we had over 150 forward bookings.

We are now taking bookings for summer and autumn 2020.  Many dates are getting reserved. If Coronavirus prevents us from being open, we will refund your stay - so book your UK holiday 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

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.