Travel Secrets – the West Riding of Yorkshire England
Dewsbury UK: I was born just 4 miles from here. I was born in Mirfield a small village on the edge of the Calder Valley and Yorkshire Dales. I lived with my family in Batley and Birstall, which is close-by, for 18 years of my early life. My Mum and Brother still live here. I attended Batley Grammar School prior to going to university in Edinburgh.
In recent years I try to visit home annually. Travelling from Thailand, my home for the past 25 years.
My ‘base’ during my visit has been the Heath Cottage Hotel & Restaurant providing dinner, bed and breakfast accommodation in Dewsbury, West Yorkshire, England.
Originally built in 1850, Heath Cottage is a fine Victorian building. The main residence and original coaching house have been converted and extended and maintain their original character and features. The hotel is situated 3 miles off the M1 and M62 motorways networks.
We first visited three years ago and this is our third visit to Heath Cottage. Yes there is a Holiday Inn and a Ramada near the motorway junctions but we like the family style of this particular hotel. The full English (Yorkshire) breakfast sets you up for the day. The kitchen is very competent – we had all of our evening meals here during our five night stay here. The food is lovely and feels just like home cooked, which it is, there are the chef’s specials but these didn’t changed throughout our five night stay which was a bit limiting, nevertheless, very home like. Nice small bar which serves a wide selection of drinks including draught Yorkshire beers.
Heath Cottage is reasonably priced at just £75 per night for two. The hotel is very clean and had been totally refurbished since my last visit. All twenty seven rooms have their own ensuite which is very convenient and unusual for UK B&B style properties. The rooms are very comfortable offering new beds and the newly renovated bathrooms are super. A hot towel rail, flat screen TV, tea and coffee making facilities are all standard in the rooms.
Keeping connected with the outside world was easy as the hotel WiFi worked perfectly.
There is an outdoor patio if you are lucky like us to have good weather, we enjoyed sitting outside with a pot of tea or drinks before dinner.
Rotarians use the hotel as a meeting point it’s location is ideal for getting around the whole district.
If you prefer to stay somewhere which has a bit of personality and not merely part of a chain then this could be for you.
For a seasoned traveller I like it as it feels homely, its’ not luxurious, it is a well run honest clean hotel, friendly and warm.
Contact Heath Cottage Hotel by email firstname.lastname@example.org
About the author
Mr Andrew J. Wood is a professional hotelier, Skalleague, travel writer and Director of one Thailand’s leading DMC/travel agents, Andrew has over 35 years of hospitality and travel experience. He is a graduate of Napier University, Edinburgh (Hospitality Studies.)
A UK national, Andrew was born in Yorkshire and prior to moving to Thailand Andrew gained valuable post graduate experience with Thistle Hotels (UK); Hilton Intl (Paris) and Sheraton Hotels & Resorts (London). He started his hotel career in Thailand with Shangri-La Hotels, Royal Garden Hotels and Resorts and the Landmark Group of Hotels (Thailand and UK) and later became General Manager of some of the country’s leading hotels including the Royal Cliff Beach Resort, Pattaya.
Andrew is a former board member and Director of Skal International (SI), National President SI THAILAND and President of SI BANGKOK. He is a regular guest lecturer at various Universities in Thailand including Assumption University’s Hospitality School.
Due to his extensive hospitality and travel experience, Andrew as a writer is widely followed.