Monday, 15 August 2016

Halifax Comedy Festival - where to stay

If you're visiting the Halifax Comedy Festival for some of the world's brilliant stand up comedy acts, then be sure to book your accommodation at Holdsworth House, the town's award-winning four star hotel.

We've put together a special offer just for Festival goers from £85 per room per night for two people including a welcome drink, free parking on site, wifi and a fabulous freshly cooked Yorkshire breakfast, or continental style buffet if you'd prefer.

The Halifax Comedy Festival runs from 1-29 October 2016 and you can book tickets here for the events taking place at the Victoria Theatre, Square Chapel or any of the venues.

We're also offering a pre-theatre early bird menu if you want to try the 2 AA Rosette-winning food or bar menu.

It's set to be a fabulous event with headline acts including Jimmy CarrRomesh Ranganathan Al MurrayAndrew Lawrence and James Acaster.

£85 per Snug Double room
£95 per House Double room
£115 per Suite

2 AA Rosette Restaurant, Bar menu, Dog friendly*, Wifi, Free parking. Subject to availability and includes continental buffet or cooked to order breakfast. *£10 per dog per night, selected rooms only

Tel: 01422 240024

Thursday, 28 July 2016

A Tale of Two Naughty Rabbits

When two adorable rabbits were in need of a home, the management team at Holdsworth House came to their rescue.

The two brothers were nameless, but quick thinking guests at the hotel thought up 'Ringo' and 'Paul', after two of the four most famous guests that have stayed at the historic manor. After all, the little white rabbit had black rings like smudges around its eyes - Ringo was a very fitting name.

Paul and Ringo were treated to every kind of luxury, as is the Holdsworth House way. They were met on their arrival with lots of 'oohs' and 'aaahs'; they'd even had the most wonderful hutch and expansive rabbit run built. John, the hotel gardener, ensured the lawn was rich and green whilst Chef even saved some of the finest carrots fresh from the Yorkshire fields. The road ahead was a life of bliss.

Whilst extra comforts and fine food was already a given, it was the customer service and daily attention lavished on the two rabbits that was to ensure their regal existence. Daily feeds, cleaning and human contact, in particular with wedding coordinator Sophie, was to help the timid little creatures settle in.

All was wonderful in the bountiful gardens of Holdsworth House and as time went on, the two rabbits soon found their paws. But then things began to change... and cuteness grew up into adolescent cheekiness!  Perhaps all the lavish attention went to their heads, perhaps they were just born scallywags. Whatever the change, these two rabbits certainly heard the 'Exit' in 'Brexit' and their escape artistry skills were honed.

The first notion to be tested was 'how deep is the ground?' Paul and Ringo joint forces to dig their way under the hutch. Great Escape style, they tunnelled down and out. Some lovely Yorkshire stone flags put a stop to that.

Next was 'can rabbits fly?' This test involved Paul climbing on top of the hutch and launching himself towards the outer run fence - let's just say this was more Chicken Run than rabbit run.

Finally as repairs were made to the rabbits' bedroom ramp (yes you read correctly), which had broken in the melee, Ringo decided to nibble the toecaps of maintenance man Charles' boots as he worked, probably in a bid to hitch a ride to nirvana beyond the run's picket fence.

Of yes, even today the rabbits are exceptionally well loved. But maybe Houdini and Copperfield might have been more appropriate names! #butterwouldntmelt

Sunday, 26 June 2016

Shortlisted for the White Rose Awards final - for second consecutive year

Holdsworth House has made it to the finals of the Welcome to Yorkshire White Rose Awards for the second consecutive year.

The prestigious awards recognises the best of Yorkshire's accommodation and tourist attractions and Holdsworth House is once again shortlisted for the Large Hotel of the Year title.

Hotel general manager, Mr Joseph Farrar, said "This is amazing news for Holdsworth House. To be shortlisted last year was incredible, but to reach the finals again this year is extra special. There are some incredible hotels in the final and to be ranked alongside them makes us all feel very proud. This comes off the back of our recent win at the I Do Wedding Awards for
Best Wedding Venue, making 2016 a great year for us."

Farrar continues, 'We've continued to invest in the hotel and we're always looking to develop new ideas so that we can offer guests something special, somewhere unique. We've just created two new roomy suites by knocking together our former single rooms which are going down very well with our wedding parties, plus we've upgraded the bar area with new flooring and furniture. There is lots of investment behind the scenes too to ensure the operation continues to run smoothly."

The White Rose Awards judging process continues throughout the summer and the winner is announced at a glittering awards ceremony in the autumn.

Monday, 13 June 2016

Bronte Yorkshire - 5 Top Bronte Attractions on a trail from Holdsworth House

2016 marks the 200th anniversary since Charlotte Bronte's birth. Sisters Charlotte (the eldest of the surviving girls born to father Patrick and mother Maria), Anne and Emily lived in Haworth, West Yorkshire along with their brother Branwell. Their home - the Parsonage, adjacent to the church where Patrick preached - is now a world-class museum dedicated to preserving the Brontes' artefacts and famous works, as it was in the days they lived there, from 1820.

If you're London-based then we suggest you hop on a Grand Central train and take the direct journey from Kings Cross to Halifax, West Yorkshire to combine a luxury short break with visiting the Bronte sights first hand. Stay at Holdsworth House in Halifax and you'll have the perfect base from which to explore.

There are some brilliant Bronte Places listed on the Bronte website, but here are our Yorkshire recommendations to enhance your literary trail:

1. Visit the National Portrait Gallery in London for the Celebrating Charlotte Brontë exhibition (on until August 14th 2016). Room 24 has some treasures on loan from the Bronte Parsonage Museum including the only surviving painted portraits of the sisters by their brother Branwell.

Bronte Parsonage, Haworth
2. The Bronte Parsonage Museum, Haworth. A  20 minute car ride from Holdsworth House takes you across the landscape to the beautiful town of Haworth and the amazing Bronte Parsonage Museum. Prepare to feel goosebumps as you wander the halls, see the writing desks and the original jotters, drawings, paintings, clothes and artefacts of the Bronte Family. In Haworth you'll find plenty of coffee shops, the Black Bull pub that was frequented by Branwell and the famous cobbled street that was the scene for the Tour de France Grand Depart in 2014.

3. Visit the film locations of the latest chapter in the Bronte story. Award-winning writer and director Sally Wainwright, described by The Guardian as the 'titan of genuine reality television', has filmed a new BBC literary drama, To Walk Invisible in Yorkshire. The series, about the lives of the Bronte sisters and brother Branwell, will undoubetedly take the viewier on an unmissable journey through their everyday struggles - as Emily, Anne and Charlotte attempt to get their works published under male pseudonyms.  

The fake parsonage
for the BBC drama
To Walk Invisible
Filming took place on the streets of York (an hour from Holdsworth House) and on Penistone Hill - half a mile from Haworth out on the moors where a fake parsonage had to be built for the series. Penistone Hill makes a wonderful visit if you're a walker; it boasts 179 acres of undulating grass and heather moorland with many rough paths and breathtaking views; you'll see the actual landscapes that the Bronte sisters wrote about and cast your eyes where theirs once fell.

3. Top Withens - Haworth Moors. Thought to be the most likely inspiration for Emily Bronte's Wuthering Heights house. A lonely farmhouse (now ruins) that you can walk to from Haworth along the well-marked path which runs past the Brontë waterfall. For more description and directions click here.

Red House, Gomersal
4. Red House, Gomersal is 30 minutes from Holdsworth House by car. This Grade II* Listed 1830s cloth merchant's home has fascinating Bronte connections and is featured in Charlotte Bronte's novel Shirley. As well as seeing the restored house and outbuldings you can wander the beautiful gardens.

5. The Lord Nelson Pub, Luddendon is just five miles from the hotel and was the drinking place of Branwell whilst he was station master at Luddenden Foot Railway Station and where he met with the Luddenden Reading Society. Here you'll get another good Yorkshire pint in an lovely country setting. 

Book a Holdsworth House Bronte Break from £135 per room for one night including tickets to the Bronte Parsonage Museum, or book our Best Available Rate online for the number of nights you need.

Monday, 25 April 2016

Showcasing Yorkshire Talent

Sometimes the hard working team members beavering away right under your nose hold hidden talents, as we discovered recently with one of our own fantabulous restaurant crew.

Ailsa Lisham (already a good name for a designer) studied Textiles in Practice at Manchester School of Art, where she specialised in printed textiles for interiors.

Throughout Ailsa's degree she worked with both digital and traditional screen-printing techniques but screen print proved to be the process that she enjoyed the most.

Since graduating Ailsa has worked part-time at Holdsworth House, however when she's not here you can find her at ‘The Egg Factory’ in Hebden Bridge, a creative co-working space, where she make all of her prints.

Ailsa said, "I’ve currently designed and printed a range of linen cushions and cotton pouch bags, all are individually screen-printed by hand. The beauty of screen-print means that no two designs are ever exactly the same; you’re technically getting a one off every time!"

Whilst we'd hate to lose Ailsa as a wonderful member of our team,  we can't help but showcase her talents and encourage her to succeed in her design career. We think Ailsa's work isn't out of place in luxury homes and premium high street stores. 

If you're interested in seeing more of Ailsa's work and purchasing these affordable luxury items, then visit online store Folksy at

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