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 later lived with my family in Batley and Birstall 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 visits 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 3 years ago and this is our third visit. Yes there is a Holiday Inn and a Ramada near the motorway junctions but we like the family style of this hotel. The full English (Yorkshire) breakfast sets you up for the whole day. The kitchen is very competent – we had all of our evening meals here during our 6D5N stay. The food is lovely, it feels home cooked. There are chef’s specials as well the a la carte menu but these didn’t changed throughout our 5nt stay which was a bit limiting. Nice small bar which serves a wide selection of drinks including draught Yorkshire beers.
It is reasonably priced just £75 per night for 2. The hotel is very clean. It has been totally refurbished since my last visit.
All 27 rooms are ensuite. The rooms are very comfortable. The new beds and new bathrooms are super. A hot towel rail, flat screen TV’s and tea and coffee making facilities are all standard.
Keeping connected was easy 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 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, it’s not luxury, it is a well run honest clean hotel, friendly and warm.
About the author
Mr. ANDREW J WOOD
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.