A rambling home in Brontë Country
This massive Bed and Breakfast rents out a maximum of two bedrooms – unless you take the whole house, which means you’ll find nine more. It’s walking distance from Wuthering Heights in a remote setting in National Trust land outside Hebden Bridge. Your host is a pianist and the house often rings with music, comes to life with evening three-course meals and when it’s time for bed there’s a choice of three staircases.
Because Walshaw Lodge only takes four B&B guests at any one time you’ll always have plenty of space. A welcome tea is served in one of five sitting rooms, warmed in the winter by an open wood fire, while small children will find there’s a playroom, with toys, to keep them amused. Whichever bedroom you choose you’re sure to find comfortable beds, en-suite or private facilities, and plenty of creature comforts: all rooms have been recently decorated to the highest standard. There’s even a concert hall attached to the property where private recitals can be booked, but this is at extra cost: it’s a performance not a singalong. There’s an outdoor seating area but Walshaw Lodge was built as a hunting lodge, not a home, It has 12,000 acres of grounds but no garden: instead you get sheep, fields and moors on every side. There’s plenty of parking, four garages, an EV charger, and simply a great deal of space.
There are few better places to experience the full remoteness of Brontë’s windswept world. Walshaw Lodge was an 1850 redevelopment of two farm buildings into a hunting lodge, and it’s two or three miles from anywhere. This makes Walshaw Lodge’s winning package that combines bed, breakfast, and a three-course evening meal such a natural choice. Jane Eyre might have been happy to traipse the moors at night in search of sustenance but few of us, now, would see that as an attractive prospect. This is a place to hunker down in considerable comfort, and relax into it’s lavish hospitality.
It’s hugely popular with walkers. The Pennine Way passes through the grounds, and its an easy walk from the property to Wuthering Heights. Dogs are welcome as long as well-behaved and not left alone.
Walshaw Lodge B&B suggests:
Stay self-catering. In the grounds of Walshaw Lodge the Cottage is a newly-renovated property sleeping six, with a hospitality hamper supplied including all you’ll need for a continental breakfast and a bottle of wine to help relax in the evening. There’s a minimum stay of two nights here but with five good walks from the door it’s a great stop for hikers passing through. Or rent out Walshaw Lodge in it’s entirely on a self-catering basis: with nine bedrooms – sleeping 16 – this is something of a bargain at £1,000 per night.
- Building of Historical Interest
- Children by Arrangement
- Dinner by Arrangement
- Dogs by Arrangement
- Electric Vehicle Charger
- Free off-street parking
- Free Wifi
- Bird Watching
- National Park
- Nature Reserve, Wildlife Park/Area
- Places of Historical Interest
Price per room, per night, based on two sharing, including a continental breakfast
£250 including a three-course dinner with wine and a continental breakfast.
£150 single occupancy including a three-course dinner with wine and continental breakfast
Check in time is 3PM - Check out time is 11AM
The postcode, using stanav, will eventually bring you to Walshaw Lodge's back door, but the road is poor and you'll cover a lot of arduous and unnecessary miles: don't go that way. Instead navigate to Hebden Bridge and
Take the road up the hill towards Keighley. When the houses on the left end there is a half turn to the left signposted Hardcastle Crags /Midgehole (T no through road). Go there.
The road widens and then narrows again. When the houses on the right end you come to the National Trust gate with a car park on the right. Go through the gate and straight ahead up the hill through the trees. Do NOT turn right which your satnav will tell you to do. Half way to the house you come to Gibson's Mill, the oldest mill in Yorkshire. Keep going.After another mile or so you will see the house sitting out on a sort of plateau. The first house you come to is signposted Walshaw Cottage. That is where Kath our housekeeper lives. She will be waiting for you to give you the keys and show you round. If you get lost or are late please ring her on +44 (0)1422 843937.
Wuthering Heights is an easy walk up the hill behind the house and the moors are all around: walks lead out from the house in five directions. With a car it's far less isolated: ten minutes reaches the super-trendy town of Hebden Bridge. This shot to recent fame as the location for TV's 'Happy Valley', and has plenty to offer.
- Bio : Your host at Walshaw Lodge is Margaret lumley-Savile, an ebullient host and quite a renownedconcert pianist under her stage name of Margaret Bruce. Though Walshaw Lodge has been in the Savile family for countless generations she is Canadian-born, and brings a breath of transatlantic to this moorland setting: She's often found walking the moors with her friendly small dog.