We stayed here for a two night break earlier this week. The site itself is very well cared for and we commented on this as we drove down the drive to reception.
As the weather was so bad, torrential rain, we arrived early and asked if it was OK for us to gain access to our lodge - this wasn't a problem as everything was ready for our arrival and we were welcomed and given our keys.
The lodge was spotlessly clean and much larger than we had anticipated so we were more than happy and it was nice to see the fresh towels nicely laid out on the beds. As there were only two of us we had the luxury of a bedroom each, which was lovely. The soft furnishings were of excellent quality and gave a modern feel. The lounge/kitchen was well equipped with sufficient seating, a flat screen TV and even a dishwasher although I must say we didn't figure out how to work the grill as it was integrated into the oven - this didn't worry us as we used the frying pan for our bacon instead! The only downside to the kitchen was the quality of knives found in the knife block, not really very sharp at all, so I would suggest maybe take your own small sharp knife and bread knife too - that being said, we did manage with what was there.
I was slightly disappointed to see that the hot tub wasn't under cover, and was situated at the side of lodge, towards the rear, with only a small privacy screen - however when we did venture in, even though it was raining, the quality of it was outstanding and we had a very enjoyable time in it.
It was nice to see that we had been given a small 'starter pack' of cleaning items and that there was tea and coffee provided - as we only stayed for two nights the cloths and washing up liquid were sufficient for our needs, but people staying for longer will need to provide any extra - this was clearly stated in our confirmation email, so shouldn't be a surprise to anybody.
The lodges are fairly close together but we had no problem with noise or feeling lacking in privacy - the main window has blinds and there are curtains to all windows, so you can shut everyone else out if you so wish.
The surrounding area is fabulous as you would expect in the Yorkshire Dales and with Asygarth Falls being a mere 5 minute drive away and then Hawes also very close by the location of the lodges is fantastic. We didn't venture to Leyburn but that is also very close in an Easterly direction. From our base at the lodges we visited Hawes and the Wensleydale Creamery, the Dales Countryside Museum and also Hardraw Force (entrance gained through the Green Dragon public house in Hardraw village) along with driving through some picturesque villages such as Askrigg, Bainbridge and Semerwater. The scenery is stunning and it was nice to take a slower pace and admire the many views and lambs gambolling around the lush green fields.
The food on offer at Henderson's was of a very good standard and we enjoyed a meal on our first evening, as the restaurant is small it is vital that you book a table - we were advised to do this when we arrived.
We thoroughly enjoyed our stay and would definitely return again.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Westholme Estate is an exclusive selection of contemporary; log built, leisure lodges, nestled within a sensitively landscaped estate deep in the heart of the Yorkshire Dales. Phase 1 consists of 4 lodge styles; each model is fully equipped and furnished offering superior levels of elegance and comfort. Westholme Estate provides you and your family with the opportunity to escape from the everyday world, whenever you desire, to your own secluded holiday home set amongst some of the finest scenery nature has to offer. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Westholme Estate Hotel Aysgarth
- Westholme Estate Aysgarth, Yorkshire