You can tell that this is a real "labour of love" for the owners Julie and Harvey as the place is in a really old stone cottage that has been very tastefully decorated and furnished.
Considering the quality of the fittings, furnishings and the breakfast it is fantastic value for money, and easy to get into either Leeds or areas like Skipton/Ilkley (traffic and weather permitting etc!).
Both Harvey and especially Julie are really friendly and gregarious...you really feel like a guest in their home (which ultimately is what you are!). This includes really helpful hints on where to eat / shop / see etc.
There is free parking available in the evening on the road outside the cottage.
Just a slight note of caution; Julie and Harvey are cat lovers (there are about 4 wandering around). Not a problem for me; I like cats (and these are dead friendly, just like their owners)...but if you are allergic or antagonistic towards our furry friends you will need to bear this in mind!
There is also an LA Fitness close by; you can usually haggle a guest pass to use the gym, pool and spa. Or you can just visit one of the many nice pubs in the area, including The Clothiers which offers a great range of ales plus food.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Willow Cottage is a grade two listed 17th-century house. Ten minutes drive from beautiful open countryside, Ilkley Moor and the Yorkshire Dales, easy access to Leeds Bradford Airport (without airport noise) with a bus service from outside the house 747 and 737. There is also the world Heritage site such as Salts Mill. Local restaurants within two minutes walk, also large supermarket for things forgotten. Train links to Ilkley, close to Harrogate with the famous Bettys tea room. A perfect location to visit. Log fires in winter and a lovely private walled garden in the summer. Ilkley moor and the Yorkshire dales all within a short drive. It's a very relaxed house and guests are welcome to come and go as they wish. ... more less
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