Saturday 12 December 2020

Tier 3 from 2nd December 2020

We are currently in Tier 3, for the first time, after England moved out of lockdown on Wednesday 2nd December. We remain CLOSED for all holidays and short breaks. In accordance with Tier 3 rules, the only people staying here are those using us as their main residence (such as in between houses or major work taking place at their usual home, rendering it inhabitable), or for work or education/ training.

We regret that we will not be open at Christmas/ New Year and no bookings are currently being taken for 2021. We will remain closed for holiday lets until at least Easter. Further updates will follow.

Thank you for all your support during the pandemic.

Tim and Paula

Monday 2 November 2020

Winter Lets at Westwood Lodge

Following the Government second lockdown announcement we are only able to accept extended residential stays, known as Winter Lets. This might be for key workers, essential business or someone stuck in a house move, for example. We cannot accept holiday bookings at this time. Our earliest availability is likely to be February 2021.

Winter Let accommodation will be fully furnished and prepared to the highest “We’re Good To Go” standards with everything included. Unless you wish to bring your own bedding, we will make up all the beds and leave a spare set of linen. Your bills will be included in the one price – heating, electric, Virgin Media cable TV etc.

We have acquired the Industry Standard mark “We’re Good to Go” from Visit England for our cleaning protocols and social distancing measures. You must observe all current national and local restrictions.

The minimum/ maximum stay is 28/ 155 nights.

For further details click here

Sunday 1 November 2020

West Yorkshire WILL NOT now move to Tier 3 on Monday 3rd November

The UK Government had announced that the entire county of West Yorkshire would transfer to Tier 3 of the Coronavirus local restrictions from Monday morning - 2nd November. However, this has now been superseded by the England-wide government lockdown announcement. See this statement

Tuesday 20 October 2020

It's Autumn Half-term!

If you've not yet booked an autumn break, now's the chance!  The clocks will be going back soon and the night's drawing in. At the moment, we've sunny mornings (most days!) and the trees are all in the most gorgeous autumnal shades. 

We've some late availability deals arriving Thursday 22nd, Friday 23rd and Monday 26th.

Ilkley is in Tier 2 for Coronavirus.  This means you can come away as a single household plus any members of your support bubble.  You can dine out and visit pubs, both inside and out. You can also visit family and friends in. their garden or outdoors. We've got the Visit England "We're Good to Go" certification demonstrating that we have good social distancing and cleaning protocols in place.

Friday 30th October is your LAST CHANCE for a 2020 stay with us. We are only offering extended, winter lets until Easter.  If you're looking for somewhere to live this winter, see our winter lets page.

Thanks for your continuing support during the current pandemic.

Thursday 8 October 2020

Last chance to book your Autumn Half-term stay!

The media coverage of the pandemic is concerning us all and we get calls everyday asking for the latest position. Yes, there are areas in the north of England and the Midlands that are seeing big increases in the number of Covid-19 cases (Manchester, Newcastle, Nottingham). Numbers vary widely though and are still low locally. Reported new cases in our area (Ilkley Moor and Addingham) in the past 7 days is 7 and a further 18 in Ilkley and Ben Rhydding.  That's out of a population of around 14,000.

If you've not yet booked a stay for half-term, do consider us!  We've put together reductions across all our remaining cottages and apartments. Click here for the best deals! In particular, because we can't accept group bookings, The Old Gallery is (unusually) available and a special rate for up to six people staying.

Wednesday 30 September 2020

Yet further changes

All parts of Bradford District (which includes Ilkley), may not socialise with other people outside of their own households or support bubble in private homes and gardens. Some wards (such as Ilkley) had been exempt from restrictions on gatherings introduced at the start of August, but these wards are now also subject to the ban.

Pubs and restaurants are now required to close at 10pm. You MAY still meet other people (up to 6) in public places, such as pubs (inside and out!)

Click here for the latest Government advice

There is also further advice here

This is the SIXTH different regime we've had to operate under since the beginning of July.  We are all doing our best to stop the spread of Covid-19 but the number of community cases in Ilkley remains relatively low.

Wednesday 16 September 2020

Further Changes to Coronavirus Restrictions from UK Government

Since Monday 14th September groups larger than 6 (unless from one household or one household plus a social bubble) have been unable to socialise together. From this date, the maximum number of guests in one of our cottages cannot exceed SIX (unless from from one household or one household plus a social bubble). You can book more than one property but cannot then socialise as more than six (indoors or out).

Some good news! As we cannot allow larger groups, we are offering special low rates for The Old Gallery in September and October for up to SIX people staying!

Click here for the latest Government guidance

Wednesday 2 September 2020

Coronavirus Temporary Local Restrictions

Local restrictions introduced on 31st July no longer apply to Ilkley.  National (England) restrictions will continue.

The official guidance is being regularly updated and can be found here

Thursday 25 June 2020

Great news! We're re-opening!

Great news!  We’re reopening in time for the summer! Bookings are getting confirmed and we look forward to everyone - old and new - staying with us.

There will be a few changes due to Government directives, but we’re confident these won't spoil people's stay. Indeed, most of Ilkley is getting back to normal with many shops fully open and pubs, tea-tooms and restaurants re-opening in early July. Trains and buses are running.

Go to:
your log-in page for the latest information (if you have a booking with us)
Ilkley Chat for what's happening locally
What you can do from 4th July for Government guidance

We need to ensure everyone is safe. We will be working to the new official Visit Britain Coronavirus acreditation scheme "Good to Go".  We will be writing to everyone booked but, based on our thorough risk assessments, we know that:-

  • We will be Good to Go acredited by Visit Britain before we re-open. This is the official UK mark to signal that a hospitality business has worked hard to follow Government and industry COVID-19 guidelines and has a process in place to maintain cleanliness and aid social distancing. To comply means we need more time on changeover days, so check-in time is now slightly later.
  • Government guidance about who can stay, and social distancing rules must be followed by guests.
  • Shared facilities will be closed to comply with Government guidelines and to reduce risk. This means our hot tub, sauna, workout room and Wendy house and trampoline etc. are, unfortunately, not going to be available.
  • If anyone becomes ill with possible COVID-19 symptoms during their stay you must follow NHS guidance and you let us know immediately, so we can discuss the implications and take appropriate action.
  • On departure day, we will ask for your help with a few tasks to minimise risk for all. We will need you to strip the beds and place dirty linen and towels safely into our enclosed laundry bags. In the kitchen we ask that all crockery, glassware and cutlery is washed in the dishwasher and put away. We will need all rubbish carried out to the designated area and recycling split into the different bins. 
  • Before you leave us, we will ask you a few quick questions about the health of your group, to check for any possible coronavirus risk.

​We're so pleased to be re-opening safely and really look forward to everyone staying with us.

Tim, Paula and the team at
Westwood Lodge Ilkley Moor


Tuesday 23 June 2020


The UK Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, has confirmed that we can re-open on 4th July. We are studying the details and implications and will post more information as soon as we can.

Friday 19 June 2020

Westwood Lodge Re-opening

We are constantly getting questions about our re-opening date and asking us to definitely confirm summer stays here. Everyone seems to assume that we have privileged information from the Government!  
In short, we don't yet know which hospitality businesses will be allowed to re-open or when
The Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, made a statement in early May that hospitality businesses would start to be allowed to re-open from 4th July at the earliest. The date has not been confirmed since, but it's the one that everyone in the hospitality sector is working to.  We have met with our MP and explained how difficult it is to plan without guidance. He has written to the Tourism Minister as well as to the Cabinet Office. Our trade association, The Professional Association of Self-Caterers (PASCUK) has been lobbying several ministers, alongside other trade bodies and tourism groups. We had been told that a statement would be made yesterday (Thursday 18th June) but the day came and went. 

Current thinking suggests that some hospitality businesses will be allowed to reopen in England on Saturday 4th July. This is likely to only include places where there are no shared facilities. So, holiday cottages and apartments plus static caravans and possibly motorhome sites look set to get the go- ahead. Other activities such as camping in tents (including wild camping), camper vans, bed and breakfasts and hotels - anything with shared/ communal facilities - may not be allowed to re-open yet.
In the meantime, we are taking bookings on the basis that we will be allowed to re-open. We know that everyone else needs to plan their summers and we are getting ready behind the scenes ready to re-open.  We have carried out safety risk assessments on our business and have new detailed cleaning protocols and procedures "Good to Go" to ensure guest and staff safety.  If we are not allowed to re-open (because the number of new Covid-19 cases starts to rise) then we will give everyone who has booked a full refund of monies paid, or a transfer of funds to a stay later in the year.  

So, we can only reiterate, that we have active plans and preparations so that we can "go" and we will let you know about our re-opening just as soon as we know!

Kind regards

Tim and Paula

Monday 15 June 2020

Westwood Lodge - What facilities will be closed when you re-open?

We regret that communal (shared) facilities will need to remain closed for the foreseeable future.  These include:- 

  • The Cellars - hot tub, sauna, workout room, sun bed and changing rooms
  • The Wee Shop 
  • The Wendy House, garden games and trampoline 
We regret that non-residents cannot visit Westwood Lodge at the present time.

Each cottage has its own private garden and the apartments have a shared roof terrace where social distancing will work.

Ilkley Moor is open as are shops and take away services in Ilkley.  Trains and buses are running to a revised timetable.

Coronavirus - Latest update

Following the latest Government advice we plan to reopen "as normal" on Saturday 4th July. We will be writing to all guests about enhanced cleaning, which facilities will be open and precautions affecting your stay.

Many dates are getting reserved and you can book your summer/autumn stay with us with confidence. If Government directives prevented us from being open,  you would be refunded in full.

Until 4th July,  we can only offer accommodation to key workers and anyone else required to stay in Ilkley for essential reasons. 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). 

Call 07841 697186 to book a stay between now and 4th July.

For the latest UK Government advice click here

For the Ilkley information click here

We will issue updated information here, as and when we have it. 

Tim Edwards
Westwood Lodge Ilkley Moor

Tuesday 5 May 2020

Coronavirus (Covid-19)

This post has since been updated
We can only currently 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. Please email or text 07841 697186 to enquire about staying NOW. 

We cannot offer holidays or other non-essential stays at this time but are taking bookings for all dates on/ after 1st June.

Although the current Government social-distancing is only in place until 10th May, we cannot see it being lifted then. We have therefore contacted all guests who are booked to stay with us in the next few weeks regarding options. All stays arriving before 31st May need to request a refund or a delayed trip.

We are now taking bookings for summer (from 1st June) and autumn 2020.  Many dates are getting reserved. If Coronavirus prevents us from being open, we will defer your stay without charge - so book your UK break 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

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!

Tuesday 3 March 2020 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 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.