A momentous occassion

We are delighted to let you know we will be once again asking Pete & Jan to look after TH and our guests from this coming Friday (9th June), the reason being we are travelling to the USA for a momentous occassion, the wedding of our son, Jack, to his lovely fiance Rachel.

Pete & Jan did a fantastic job earlier this year and we know they will maintain and enhance the reputation we have gained over the last 8 years.

If you are visiting in June or early July, we will be sorry to miss you, but hope we can say hello again at some point in the none too distant future. Enjoy your stay at TH

Just knock on the door!!

 For those of you that we have had the priviledge of hosting over the last 7+ years, and of course our neighbours, you will be familiar with the site as evidenced in the first picture.
The voluntatry work we have done at one side of the entrance to our drive which is adopted/’owned’ by NYCC highways.
We have mown it, planted bulbs, bushes & plants, re built the wall when required and paid for the lawn to receive ‘treatments’ to keep it in good condition.
Seven years ago we also put in concrete planters to define the edge of the lawn, to give it some colour whilst plants were developing and of course to protect the edge.
Not once has anybody complained, has there been any incident nor has anyone approached us to talked about objecting to the work we have put in.
Consider now pics 2 & 3.
We have once again spent time and money trying to improve the first impressions visitors & guests get when approaching TH & adjoining cottages, this time ON OUR OWN LAND.
7 years ago we invested a lot of money in replacing a delapidated old fence with a brand new one and erected a brand new sign.
However, we have singularly failed to stop thoughtless tourists in the main parking tight up against the fence leaving deep tyre marks in the small area of grass between the fence and the tarmac. This despite a great deal of effort and money being spent on planting bulbs, bushes etc. They just get steam rollered and leave unsightly tyre gouges.
The last straw was when a Palletways lorry parked there and left very deep gouges in the grass verge.
Thus when we employed David Hargreaves to built a small retaining wall to protect the grass on the bend (pic 3) into the drive we also asked him to mirror the apparently safe and none conteniuos grass protection measures on the other side and put some concrete planters, set back from the edge, but on the verge between road and fence.
At first these were vandalised over night and dug up and thrown over the fence. Not as easy job or casually done as they were concreted in!
No contact, no questions, just mindless cowardly vandalism.
Having been put back by us, set back even further, painted white and planted with rockery plants, we were then contacted by the council as they had received an ‘anonymous’ complaint, presumably from the people who vandalised the area in the first place.
Our response was to say it was our property and we were only trying to improve the visual appearance of our property and livelihood.
The council officer we spoke to said he was happy to accept that and would close the case.
Step three, a council officer appeared on our door today to say he was investigating another anonynous, but written complaint. Hand delivered, but with no name or address, with photographs, claiming the work we have done to be hazardous to traffic.
We pointed out that the road has in fact been widened by the work we have done by cutting away turf that has crept onto the tarmac over several years. It is now wider than the section of road where we have had similar landscaping in place for 7 years without incident or mishap.
He has now called back to tell us he is writing to us to request removal of the planters.
We will take issue with this, but the hardest thing to bear is the cowardly way in which somebody has firstly illegally damaged our property and then anonymously complained without coming to talk to us.
All you had to do was knock on the door and talk to us!

Very able stand ins

We are taking our usual ‘end of season’ break a little early this year.

One of the reasons is that our good friends Pete & Jan have kindly agreed to look after TH and our guests for the time we are away.

Having run a 13 bed ski chalet in the French Alps last winter I am sure they will find this a lot more relaxed!!

We are away from this coming weekend and returning after attending a friends wedding in Wales in mod November.

Pete & Jan are fully briefed (we hope!) on all aspects of the running of TH, so if you want to come and stay, enquire about availability or just seek guidance on any other matter we are sure they will be able to help.

Moving into 21st century!

Today (24th August) we are due to have BT OpenReach fit us with “FTTP” – that is Fibre To The Property.

It should mean, at long last, a fast reliable internet connection, so we no longer will have drop outs and wait for ever to load photos etc.

However, we guess some disruption is inevitable, so if all else fails, just give us a call – we hope the old fashioned telephone won’t be affected!

If not try the mobiles. but for those f you that have visited us, you’ll know they can be temperamental here too!

Potential disruption.

We feel it only fair to warn guests that our near neighbours at 2 Station Cottages will shortly begin work on a large extension to their property, which will probably last most of the summer.

This may involve the passage of heavy construction traffic up and down our drive and some daytime noise.

We hope this will not affect us or our guests during the ‘busy’ times of check in/welcome afternoon tea or breakfast and we are working with our neighbours to minimise any inconvenience.

Meal Service Suspension

Due to family and other commitments we are sorry to say that we will be suspending or limiting our evening meal service on the following dates;

Fri 18 – Tues 22 March (suspended)

Thurs 5th – Monday 23 May (limited menu)

Breakfast Award

Breakfast WILL NOT be affected and the Full Monty will be available to all of our guests!

We trust this will not spoil your visit (booked or planned) to Tudor House and look forward to seeing you soon.

Yorkshire is open!

Despite some rumours to the contrary and what you may have seen or heard on the news, despite record amounts of rainfall this winter……………………………

YORKSHIRE IS STILL OPEN FOR BUSINESS!

It is true that its a bit wet under foot (!) but the waterfalls are just spectacular!

Winter is almost at an end, spring is just around the corner, so where else would you want to spend a few days hard earned R&R other than God’s own country – come on down!!!

It’s official – Tudor House is the best B&B in the Dales!

Well, as ‘official’ as it can be!

That’s because Trivago have done a ‘survey of surveys’ and amalgamated the views and reviews of over 190,000,000 (that’s 190 millions).

The results have been published as lists of ‘Top 20’s’ per region of the UK. Yorkshire and Humberside have been lumped in together as one region and the only B&B in the Skipton, Craven and Yorkshire Dales National Park area to appear is ….TUDOR HOUSE!

OS Map cover

We know there are countless top quality, award winning hotels and B&B’s in God’s Own Country, but this one surely has more relevance and provenance that any given the ‘judging panel’ and the ‘survey sample’.

It’s does not rely on the opinions of a few ‘experts’ in the business or on the thoughts of a few other hoteliers with their own vested interests, just the views of countless paying guests who have taken the time to leave their reflections on visits over a long period of time.

We couldn’t be more proud of the accolade and we hope look forward to welcoming guests both ‘old’ and new in 2016, remember as Fred Flintstone once said :

“it don’t get better dan dat!”

If only we had trusted the Germans with it!

You could have put your mortgage on it!

After months and years of waiting and over £4 million spent, the ‘re-launch’ of the iconic FLYING SCOTSMAN has been delayed!

Ribblehead

 

Unfortunately they now say the first appearance of the old girl on the Ribblehead will now not be until July – what a shame!

Flying Scotsman – don’t miss it!

After this weekends preview of how the old girl looks, the Flying Scotsman will pull it’s first passengers since it’s extensive refit on a run over the iconic Ribblehead Viaduct on Sat 23 January.

She will be in Hellifield station to take on water on her way home for a great chance for steam enthusiasts to get a proper look at her.

25-Flying-Scotsman-National-Railway-Museum

Unfortunately she will not be passing Tudor House on her way home, but Hellifield station is only 3 miles down the road and we can give you all the inside info as to where to get the best view of her on the move.

We still have rooms available next weekend, so call us quickly to make sure you don’t miss this fantastic re birth of a railway legend.

http://www.railwaytouring.net/uk-day-trips/winter-cumbrian-mountain-express-23-01-16