|To enjoy the peace and beauty of the countryside, without having to drive to the middle of nowhere, look no further than Ilkley Moor Cottages and Apartments at Westwood Lodge.
Four Star Gold Award and Five Star Award for Accommodation
So relax and unwind in The Main House, The Old Gallery or one of our warm and inviting award winning holiday cottages or self-catering apartments. Each has its own individual design and décor, with top quality furnishings, fabrics and fittings. We set you off to a good start with our welcome of Yorkshire Tea, home-made baking and fresh milk. So, when you arrive, pop the kettle on, light the candles, put up your feet and enjoy!
Leave the car at home
As Gold Award holders of the Green Tourism Business Scheme 2008-2013, we’re delighted to offer a town and country location that is easily accessible by public transport. Our gates open directly onto Ilkley Moor, yet the centre of Ilkley is just a 10 minute walk away, or 3 minutes by shuttle bus to the station, which enjoys four trains every hour throughout the day from Leeds and Bradford. This area is renowned nationally for its extensive, efficient and well-subsidised bus and rail services. A full week’s stay here, touring the Dales by bus or into the centre of York or Leeds by train is easy. You need never reach for your car keys!
Ilkley grew as a glamorous spa town and is only a short stroll down the hill. Now it boasts high class shops, elegant tea rooms and a wide selection of great pubs and restaurants (including Michelin starred). Other attractions include a superb outdoor lido (from May to September), floodlit tennis courts, a new playground, rowing boats, skateboard park and two museums.
Westwood Lodge is situated on the very edge of the world famous Ilkley Moor with over 1000 acres of Open Access moorland outside our gates for you to enjoy. It’s great country for walking, climbing, horse riding and mountain biking. It’s no surprise that the official anthem of Yorkshire is the song “On Ilkley Moor Bah’t ‘at”. The Moor is a Site of Special Scientific Interest and adjoins the Ilkley Town Conservation Area.
Within a ten mile radius there are four local golf courses, fly fishing in the Wharfe, several horse riding stables and more gardens, animal farms, steam railways and other attractions than could possibly be visited in only a week! The heart of the Yorkshire Dales National Park, the Nidderdale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and Brontë Country are all nearby, as are the locations used to film Emmerdale, taking you through historic villages with country pubs, local crafts and a traditional friendly welcome.
All mod cons - from dishwashers to wireless broadband and Virgin Media cable TV
“Better than my home” is a typical comment! All of our accommodation is fully equipped for a stress-free stay, with dishwasher, microwave, freezer and full-sized fan oven. Each has a CD stereo, Virgin Media multi-channel cable television, radio and catch-up services, free SuperHub wi-fi, i-Pod docking and DVD player. There’s also direct-dial telephone, answering machine should you want to stay in touch with life elsewhere! The main house, Gallery and cottages all have their own washing machines with tumble driers. The apartments have a shared mini-laundry (free!).
Having children ourselves, we understand the importance of safety, comfort and fun, so provide quality cots, high chairs, stair gates and boxes of toys. Each cottage also has a ground floor toilet. Our outdoor play area includes a two storey Wendy House and games for all ages. Or you can easily venture out for a tramp on the moor for just twenty minutes or a whole day! Our hens usually provide fresh eggs daily so visit our secret Wee Shop and treat yourself!
Time to relax
For the grown-ups we have a small, private leisure facility open daily, with a workout room, hot spa bath, sauna and sunbed. Beauty treatments and genuine Thai massage can also be booked.