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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, 22 April 2020

NHS Key Workers Accommodation Scheme

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. 

Monday, 20 April 2020

What are we up to?

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!