Haworth’s 1940′s extravaganza – just “don’t mention the war!”

The annual 1940′s weekend in Haworth is just around the corner and this year promises to be every bit as exciting, thrilling and raucously good natured as previous years.   This annual extravaganza attracts thousands of revellers and wartime enthusiasts to Haworth’s quaint cobbled streets, recreating the atmosphere of a VE day street party.  On both Saturday 18th and Sunday 19th May, the skies above this normally sleepy Bronte village will be alive with the roar of the Spitfire, Hurricane and a full RAF flypast.  Other stand out events on this packed and varied weekend schedule include a 101st airbourne and parachute display, a marching pipe band parade, exhibitions including a Lancaster bomber, Spitfire and military vehicles, Jive dancing, Land army girl display, vintage stalls and an evacuee bus journey and parade.  More »

A very positive assessment!

Late Autumn is without doubt our favourite time of year here in Hewenden.  This visually stunning season brings with it the most spectacular displays of red, gold and bronze and it is wonderful to see our guests so obviously delighting in this magical transformation. This year has been particularly memorable for autumn colour, so we were quietly very pleased to welcome our tourist board inspector in early November for our later than usual annual inspection.

Although we work very hard to ensure that our accommodation is as clean and comfortable as possible for all our guests, these inspections still create a slight sense of anxiety.  These feelings were, however, almost immediately allayed by the wonderfully positive response from the inspector to both our accommodation and surrounding gardens.  We were absolutely thrilled with her enthusiastic and highly complimentary comments on the day, and the report that followed soon after echoed this in writing, confirming our four and five star status.  Here’s a little snippet from the report, which came under the subheading ‘Highlights’:

“Hewenden Mill Cottages provide a mix of accommodation to appeal to a wide customer base.  Bents Mill has been very well designed to incorporate modern comforts and retain the character of the grade two listed property.  The cottages offer a comfortable traditional standard of accommodation. Excellent standards of housekeeping observed throughout ensures the best first and lasting impressions are given to guests.
Professionally managed landscaped gardens and wooded areas with the mill ponds a real highlight for many guests.  A good base to access surrounding Yorkshire attractions whilst providing a degree of peace for many returning visitors.”

This positive endorsement is a huge boost and we will certainly continue to strive for high standards in all that we do but within this, we also know how very lucky we are to attract such kind and considerate guests.  The observation made by the inspector that our guests ‘look after’ our accommodation during their stay is one that we have noted time and time again over the last ten years and without this it would be so much harder to maintain the standards for which we have been rewarded.  Whilst we are immensely proud of our top star rating, we are also grateful in equal measure. We would like to take this opportunity to say thank you to everyone who has stayed with us over the years for caring for our cottages as much as we do.

Happy Christmas Holidays (and not a flake of snow in sight!)

Over the last three years Christmas has been a rather magical affair – snow has arrived days before the big day as though pre-booked by guests seeking a wonderful winter wonderland experience. The woodland hues of browns and greens give way to gleaming white and the dark, reflective mill ponds take on a translucent opacity as they freeze and turn to ice. Families with young children have revelled in the joy that the white stuff brings – sledging, snow balling and rolling snowmen have created Christmas memories sure to last a lifetime.

Aside from the very obvious delight that a ‘white Christmas’ brings, snow is without doubt a mixed bag of blessing and curse. When it falls we work very hard to ensure that roads and tracks are cleared so that guests can come and go from the mill and that their family and friends can visit them with ease. All of this matters so much more at Christmas when the majority of guests have relatives living in the area and are staying at Hewenden as a convenient and relaxing way to spend time with them. This year, like every year previously we were delighted to welcome guests from all over the world, many of whom have stayed before – all of whom were here to spend this special time with those they love.

This year, however, we were unable to provide the picture postcard Christmas experience as snow failed to make even a fleeting appearance. While it is sad that we were denied some amazing snowy photo opportunities that have become a regular feature on our facebook page at this time of year, it was quite nice to have a year off shovelling, gritting and clearing over the festive period. The woodland valley of Hewenden looks beautiful whatever the weather and the guests who stayed seemed to appreciate the special atmosphere – snow or no snow!