Another exciting year ahead

Excellence-Badge_2013_enThe complete refurbishment of the en suite facilities in Malhamdale have kept us busy over winter and forward bookings are way in advance of anything we have experienced before so we are looking forward to another exciting and enjoyable year as mine hosts at Tudor House.

Last year for the third year in succession our guests were kind enough to leave enough reviews on Trip Advisor for us to be awarded their “Certificate of Excellence“, for which we are extremely proud and grateful. 95% of our guests have been happy enough to give us a 5 out of 5 rating, which rises to 98% at 4 or 5 out of 5. What the others said you can judge for yourself if you think they are genuine!!

Welcome to Yorkshire have guaranteed that 2014 will be a year like never before with the arrival of “le Grand Depart” early in July. Having the worlds biggest sporting event pass by our front door really is a privilege and we look forward to taking part in what is bound to be an unforgettable few days.

As we have said, forward bookings and the number of returning guests are better than ever, so if you want to experience what TH has to offer call us soon to book a break with us.

Just to check if you are reading this, anyone mentioning this article when booking will have a small “Grand Depart” surprise waiting for them when they arrive.

A bientot!!

 

BT Road Closure

Despite having been told in no uncertain terms that we WOULD NOT be getting Superfast Fibre Broadband at TH by BT, they have seen fit to decide to close off the road between Bell Busk & Coniston Cold from tomorrow (17th March) for about a week to lay in new cables so others can get it!!

If you are planning a trip to TH then if coming from Skipton please follow the first Malham sign as you enter the village of Gargrave and after passing through Eshton and on past Newfield Hall, then take the left turn to Bell Busk after crossing the hump backed bridge over the river.

If you are coming from the Settle end of the A65 please take the last exit on the left as you leave Hellifield by the end of speed limit sign.

 

See you soon!

Mad March offer!

To try & get the season off to a flying start we are making our usual early season offer in the month of March.

This year we are offering B&B for just £10 per person.

That is all we will charge for the third night of your stay with us if it begins in March this year. Book any room for 3 nights and pay the standard rates for nights 1 & 2, and the third night will be only £20 inc breakfast.

Offer is based on two sharing on bookings made direct with us and cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer.

Just mention the offer when booking and we will do the rest!

The up grades carry on!

Another winter and more time to continue with the upgrades at Tudor House.

The team are more than half way through the complete renovation of the en suite shower room in “Malhamdale”.

Whilst we simply cannot find a way to increase the size, the upgrades, including the replacement of the Saniflo toilet with a regular loo, new cabinets, shower compartment and tiles will ensure that the space available has the highest quality finish, with one of the best showers you will find anywhere!

It seems only yesterday that we were introducing the whole new “Malhamdale” with vaulted ceiling and revamped en suite, but it was 4 years ago – time flies. Once Sheila has agreed with the decorators the new colour scheme we are sure it will be one of the best “Standard doubles” in any B&B.

We will of course publish pictures as soon as we have the finished item to photograph, which we are planning to be w/c 3rd February.

Out forward bookings for 2014 are better than ever, so if you want to try out the brilliant new “Malhamdale”, call us soon!

Half price YDS membership!

No we are not a furniture retailer or double glazing sales team, but we are offering a great deal.

For anyone booking a minimum 2 person/2 night stay between now and next June, we will pay half their annual membership fee for the Yorkshire Dales Society.

As the new President of Skipton Craven Rotary I am delighted that the YDS have agreed to be one of our preferred charities for the year, and this is another way we are happy to help them.

Please just ask on booking and we will make all the arrangements.

A grand day out as W&G would say

Please follow the link – it should be a smashing event.

http://www.yds.org.uk/?ai1ec_event=free-walk-victorian-mill-workers-their-grand-day-in-the-dales&instance_id=551

Garden WIP almost complete

Having spent a lot of time, money & energy on bringing Tudor House up to 4star (Silver Award) rating on the inside, we have spent the Spring (ha-ha!) trying to achieve the same results with the gardens and outside areas of TH.P1010251

As I write Dave & Nathan are still dodging showers to add the finished touches. The third seating area with impressive Yorkshire stone table is Dave’s last job and Nathan is fitting the elusive coach lamps to the platform area so on those warm balmy evenings(?) we can sit out and enjoy the remains of the day with a bit of light.

P1010254 We gave the fire pit & BBQ a test run on Bank Holiday Monday and it proved a great success, all we need now is some decent weather for us all to enjoy the remodeled garden.

Pictures of the new “greenhouse patio” (when the furniture arrives) and the stone table area to follow.

In the meantime all we need is Mother Nature to work her miracles to bring all the flower beds, pots,planters and rockeries to life. Then we can sit back enjoy a cold glass of something whilst admiring it all!

All you would expect from a B&B, and a whole lot more

Tudor House in Bell Busk, 4 miles from Malham and midway between Skipton & Settle, has operated as a B&B for more than 30 years, but in recent years has seen a significant revival in its fortunes under the stewardship of Bob & Sheila Marchant.

Every bedroom has undergone significant upgrade, we have even replaced 3 rooms with our two brand new deluxe double rooms, Swaledale & Wensleydale. We are fairly confident in saying that Littondale is completely unique, not only amongst local B&B’s but almost anywhere you can think of that isn’t a railway carriage!New Swaledale

The latest room to benefit from an upgrade was the ground floor pet friendly double, Wharfedale, where as well as installing a state of the art en suite shower/WC with sit down shower if required, we added valuable extra floor space by knocking into the chimney breast.

So we have invested heavily in the first part of the offer BED.

On BREAKFAST our focus is on providing the very best start to a day in the Dales by using only the finest local produce.

We are delighted that Visit England saw fit to give us a BREAKFAST AWARD on their assessment at the end of 2012. Even they liked the ‘FULL MONTY’.

So we feel as a B&B we have the basics covered, but we have also looked at what else we can provide to make a stay at Tudor House a memorable one that guests feel they would like to experience again and again.

The first thing we have is a fabulous lounge with log burning stove, music, TV, games and of course over 150 years of history as (partly) the Waiting Room for the old station. This is just a lovely place to wind down after a hard day enjoying the Dales.tudor house lounge slide

The ‘sun room’ adjacent to the lounge is the source of all knowledge for those not so familiar with the area. Leaflets, books and maps give the new visitor a wealth of information on all that is local.

Although not trained as a ‘chef’ Bob’s love of food & cooking is amply reflected in his waistline, and that means evening meals at Tudor House are another reason why it is not just a ‘B&B’.

Even though very well served by eateries to suit all tastes and budgets in the local area, we recognise that some guests may want a ‘quiet night in’ after a busy day around our wonderful Dales. So, with 24 hours notice, we can provide a home cooked meal to rival anything mother used to make, to be washed down with any one of our seven own label wines.

Add to this our total commitment to customer service, where we do everything we can to ensure your hard earn leisure time is everything you would hope it to be and you have, like we said above, everything you might want from a B&B and a lot more.

If you still need convincing, visit our page on Trip Advisor, who have given us their ‘Excellence Award’ two years in succession to see what real guests think of their time with us.

Busy Busy Busy

Sunshine is a wonderful thing, it makes everything wake up and get moving. We have had no rain for over a week (WOW!) and for the last 2 days we have had wall to wall sunshine. Lo and behold, the phone has started ringing, the fax is not broken and has started spitting out bookings & enquiries and the e-mail INBOX is filling up nicely.

What To Do?

Not a problem. Firstly we are offering a discount from the world famous Chris Wildman’s very popular sausage making and charcuterie courses. If you book a 2 night stay at TH to go on one of these great experiences, we will book you on the course and knock £10 per person off the course fees. But hurry, the are filling up quickly and the March course are already SOLD OUT! There is so much going on at the Victoria Hall in Settle we can’t fit it in here, so just visit the web site HERE. If there is something you fancy we will buy you 2 tickets and only charge you for one, if you are staying at TH (min 2 nights) We will do the same if something at THE MART takes your fancy.

All of that is indoor. To tempt you to stay with us and go outdoors we will donate £10 to a charity of your choice if you choose to stay at TH whilst undertaking any of the following; OXFAM TRAILTREKKER Yorkshire Dales Walking Festival Skipton Santa Fun Run All of the above are of course subject to availability, but we will do our best.

Do you need any other excuse to plan a trip up t’Dale?

Spring has arrived in Malhamdale

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The garden at Tudor House is a little way off looking Spring-like yet, but at least the weather is getting there and therefore it wont be long before the scenes above will be repeating themselves.

It has been a long hard winter in Malhamdale and the surrounding countryside is still very, very wet but we are looking forward to a spell of decent weather when hopefully Mother Nature will self correct and all the Spring plants will be at their very best in just a few short weeks.

Asking around it seems like all the hens in the Dale have had a rest over the winter but the Tudor House flock are back on song and producing a dozen or more lovely eggs a day. More than enough to keep our guests “Full Monty” breakfast plates brimming!

Come and see us soon, we’d be delighted to show you our famous hospitality!