THE MAIN HOUSE
Gold Award country house group accommodation with 7 bedrooms, sleeping up to 20. Ideal for family and friends celebrations, special event or instead of a hotel for your family wedding accommodation
The Main House provides very spacious accommodation on three floors of the 1875 Grade II Listed Westwood Lodge country house ideal for family celebrations, special occasions and anniversaries, attending a local wedding, sophisticated hen weekends, spa pampering short breaks and holidays with family and friends. It is also dog friendly.
There’s direct access and full use of The Cellars leisure area (workout room, sauna, Jacuzzi spa etc.), the sunny terrace and animal corner/ play area with Wendy House. There’s a private garden area at the rear plus reserved parking for several vehicles.
It also features the newer (1890!) kitchen wing, fitted out with a heritage-style 4-oven Aga, large fridge and good old-fashioned walk-in pantry.
Ideal for Celebrations
The Main House has five large first floor bedrooms sleeping 14 plus a further two bedrooms sleeping 6, (making a total of 20) in the lower ground floor Wharfedale Rooms, accessed by a ‘secret’ staircase which continues down from the hallway. This makes an ideal venue for family celebrations, like a wedding anniversary, christening or ‘big’ birthday. It is also perfect for groups of friends or colleagues; perhaps a retirement gathering, college reunion or pre-wedding get-together. The Main House has also been popular for midweek strategic business meetings where privacy, space and comfort are vital and as a rather magical location for filming or photo-shoots where traditional settings and/or outdoor scenes are required.
The Main House – Ground Floor
The Main House has been carefully restored to its Victorian glory with elegant plaster coving, stylish neo-gothic arches and encaustic tiled lobby flooring. The Victorian charm is evident throughout, with tall ceilings, restored sash windows, open fireplaces and swags and tails adorning the main sitting room windows. On the first floor landing an original pillar has recently had its beautiful hand painting from 1875 revealed.
The entrance to the house is up wide and welcoming stone steps, through the porch with its stained glass doorway, and on into the spacious reception hallway lined with an old church pew, wind-up 1920s gramophone and piano. The two lounge areas are off the hallway. The Day Room has large comfortable sofas and a multi-fuel burner in the large fireplace with a bay window overlooking the terrace and across Wharfedale. There is a bookcase with a selection of books and games to entertain you. Next door, the large, open Sitting Room has further relaxed seating and looks up to the magnificent French-polished staircase which leads to the first floor, past the glorious stained glass window featuring Faith and Hope – but, unfortunately, no Charity!
Opposite The Day Room is the very spacious Dining Room (30 x 15 feet) seating up to 24 around one large table. This room has been carefully restored with elaborate plaster coving to the ceiling and a triple bay window. On the walls are heritage framed artwork destination pictures (popular at railway stations in the last century) and a traditional school clock – all in keeping with the Listed Building status. There is a single dining table (laid with both plastic/ wipe-clean and fabric table cloths) and leather seating for up to 24. Music can be played from the Bluetooth speaker – bring your iPhone and “Spotify”!
The second lobby off the hallway has access to the laundry/utility room and ground floor toilet. This in turn leads through to the bold red Raspberry Room. This has now been equipped with a bar counter and large drinks fridge from which you can serve your pre-dinner drinks. The Raspberry Room leads into the large Victorian kitchen. The kitchen centres on a big old pine table, surrounded by cream Murdoch Troon kitchen cupboards and drawers, a deep Belfast sink and a heritage-style four-oven cream Aga for warmth and relaxed cooking. For those who prefer faster food, there’s a modern halogen hob and a microwave oven. There’s a dishwasher, American-style fridge and freezer, separate drinks fridge and a walk-in pantry with plenty of storage space for groceries and other provisions. The kitchen table comfortably seats 10 with extra stools for informal dining (such as at breakfast), so that everyone can tuck in!
There’s a direct-dial telephone (for incoming and outgoing calls), Bluetooth stereo, Virgin Media multi-channel cable television, digital radio, on-demand catch-up services, free Superhub wi-fi throughout, USB charging sockets and DVD player.
The Main House – First Floor
The Main House has five spacious double/ twin/ family bedrooms, sleeping up to 14, currently laid out as follows:-
- The Dales Room – Large double en-suite (with bath and shower over) with 6 foot superking double bed. Looks up Wharfedale into the Yorkshire Dales National Park. Sleeps 2 (plus optional sofa bed for 2 children)
- The Ilkley Room – Large family room with kingsize double and two single beds. Overlooks Ilkley town and across Wharfedale. Sleeps 4.
- The Four-poster Room – Family room en-suite room with a four-poster double bed (made from old Victorian pine) and a single bed. Looks across the valley into Nidderdale. Sleeps 3.
- The Courtyard Room – Twin room. Overlooks the courtyard and onto Ilkley Moor. Sleeps 2.
- The Cow & Calf Room – Family room with cottage style cream iron double and a single bed. Sleeps 3. Looks out onto Ilkley Moor and across to the Cow and Calf Rocks.
All bedrooms have a clock radio and hairdryer. In addition to the en-suites, there is a family bathroom on the first floor of The Main House with a large multi-jet shower and separate bath.
The Wharfedale Rooms (sleeping up to 6) continue from the hallway using the ‘secret’ staircase. These two light and spacious rooms look out onto the terraced gardens and beyond. The Wharfedale Rooms have a small, private enclosed garden and direct access to The Cellars leisure area (workout room, sauna and Jacuzzi spa).
The main room sleeps 2 in twin beds (you can push them together). It has an ensuite shower room. It also has a compact kitchen area with small halogen hob, microwave, sink and fridge. Armchairs in the bay window will be welcome by those seeking a little peace and quiet from family celebrations!
The family bedroom in The Wharfedale Rooms sleeps 4 in a king-size double and two single beds. It also has an en-suite (with bath and shower over).
Our normal maximum group size is 20 (or 22 with sofa bed/ z-beds) unless you book all our cottages and apartments (25 bedrooms, sleeping 55). This is to be fair to other guests staying as we know from experience that large groups celebrating can be (unintentionally) intimidating for those seeking a relaxing break. Please don’t attempt to circumvent this by making multiple bookings, regardless of who’s name they are made in.
Important – the maximum number that can be accommodated in The Main House is 20 (plus 2 on optional sofa bed or 2 on folding z-beds). We don’t accept bookings (even if made separately under different names) for any group larger than 20/22. This is because we feel that a large group could easily spoil the enjoyment of other guests staying here.
Visitors – Our accommodation and facilities are insured and designed to be used only by guests staying here overnight. Whilst we appreciate that you may have relatives who live locally (and who are welcome to visit during the day), please do not seek to use us as the base for a large gathering involving non-residents.
If in doubt, please e-mail us before booking.
Guests comments about The Main House
“Just a brief note to say how much we all enjoyed our stay. The Main House was lovely and the perfect venue for a large family gathering which in our case was to celebrate my mother’s 80th birthday”
“All the hard work you have clearly put into the property over recent months /years has certainly paid off and our stay was very comfortable with plenty of space for everyone. Also, despite a wide range in ages, there was plenty for everyone to do. Even the weather was on our side.”
“It was absolutely wonderful. We couldn’t have wished for more”
“This was the first time I had organised such a large gathering but it was a great success to the extent we may well make it an annual event!”
Plan of The Main House