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Gomersal Lodge Hotel (Cleckheaton)

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Address: 189 Spen La / Gomersal / BD19 4PJ Cleckheaton / Bradford / Yorkshire / England

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      09.06.2009 14:34
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      With this place you certainly get what you pay for.

      INTRODUCTION Two weeks ago we had a family emergency which resulted me and my husband having to take a three day trip to Yorkshire, we needed to be as near to Cleckheaton as possible to be near other family members. The night before we intended to leave we had to book a hotel within that area, after logging on to late rooms.com we found a three night stay at the Gomersal Lodge, in Cleckheaton Yorkshire. This looked like a little hotel, but it is situated in some beautiful surroundings so we decided to book it as the area had nothing else to offer us within such a short space of time. THE HOTEL After booking the hotel I decided to research it a little bit as we knew nothing about it, the Gomersal Lodge is a hotel which only offers nine double rooms, so it is very small. The Gomersal Lodge is a privately owned building which was built for a lady Mary Taylor in 1860, she was know for her close connection to Charlotte Bronte and it is rumored she was the inspiration for many of Bronte's classic novels. The Lodge, formerly named High Royd, is situated in a five acre span of spacious grounds and gardens, making it a lovely place to stay if you want to be secluded from the world, but on the other hand it is very close to many of Yorkshires beauty stops. This is actually advertised as a two star hotel, but I would personally call it a bed and breakfast as the house was that small, however you could not even call it bed and breakfast as the prices were for room only, but you could order breakfast the night before if you wanted it at an extra cost. The thing that appealed to me was the fact it was a very small place, which made if very pleasant and peaceful as there was only two other guests and our selves staying at the time. This little haven has kept many of its original features such as the leaded glass sash windows and fireplaces, which add to the places character but many will see this as out dated as they have some modern areas and then older areas, which makes the place look dated as if they have tried to refurbish it but ran out of money to finish the job. ROOMS The Lodge has only nine double rooms on offer, so you can imagine it is very small. However once we were shown to the room through many make shift partitions and paper corridors we were surprised at how big the room actually was. The room had a double bed which allowed enough space for two bed sides units a dressing table, television and wardrobe. This gave us plenty of space for our belongings and room to maneuver around the room. As with many hotels this come complete with tea and coffee making facilities, radio alarm clock, bed side lamps and en suite bathroom. To call this a bathroom made me laugh, it had a half size shower cubicle a small wash basin and toilet. We had to basically sit on the toilet to wash our hands and face and the shower experience was pretty similar, you would shower and then have to climb over the toilet to get out of it. Other than the very small bathroom the room was very nice, it over looked a field of horses so I was in my element as they had some small fouls in there too. RESTURANT This was very dated and old fashioned, we stayed for a full English breakfast on the first morning and it cost £8.95 each, which is reasonable but the beans were cheap Tesco bullets and the tea and toast was cold. I think this was down to the fact that they only had one staff member on shift at anyone time and I think they struggled to cook and manage the hotel at the same time. We never ate there again as we felt as if we were a burden to whoever was on shift at the time, so it was much easier to eat out. Especially as there was a pub, at the end of the mile long drive way into the Lodge. STAFF We only ever saw three different staff members, the first was a man who I now assume was the owner who checked us in and took payment. He was very accommodating and helpful at the time. The next we saw was a night porter who must knock off shirt at eleven o'clock as there was no one around when we occurred a problem at four in the morning. Anyway to put along story short, the gentleman in the room next door had his television blasting as these were all paper walls it was as if we were actually sitting right next to his television, we put up with it until four thirty am before our patience deteriated. After getting dressed and heading to reception the whole place was locked up and we could not even get out, anyway I managed to find a mobile telephone number on a business card at the reception and called the manager, who quickly returned and went into the gents room to turn the television off to allow us to sleep. The next morning we were shattered and later learned the gentleman next door was so drunk he fell asleep, I say he must have drink a truck load to sleep through all that noise. At the point of writing this and am beginning to feel very old, as I am moaning but I was not at all impressed. We did get an apology and the offer of a free breakfast which we turned down as it was awful the previous day. So the staff could not have been any better as they quickly sorted the situation I just wish I had called them sooner. PRICES We booked this on laterooms.com and it cost us £42.00 for the double room making it a total of £126.00 for a three night stay. I personally wish I had spent the extra money and gone elsewhere, but this was only down to the fact that we had a terrible first night sleep, but my mood did improve over the time we stayed. This is a pleasant and clean hotel, but if you get noisy neighbours you have had it. LOCATION The Gomersal Lodge Is very easy to reach from the M62, M606 and the M1, this is a hotel where you will need a car to get out and about other wise you will be isolated in Cleckheaton, which is a nice town but there is not much to offer. If you have a car you can easily visit, Emmerdale country, Castleton, Oakwell Hall, The Coal Mining Museum, Leeds City, Bagshaw Museum and The last of the summer wine country. I visited Emmerdale country and Leeds city centre over this period, both of which come highly recommended by me. You can add the address, Gomersal Lodge, 189 Spen Lane, Gomersal, Cleckheaton, BD194PJ into any sat nav and it will get you there without any problems. MY OPINION Considering this is only a two star hotel, I was very impressed with the room size and the location of the place. I just feel that if they did the house up a little bit this would soon get a three star hotel rating, as I said it is the little things that let this down such as the bathroom layout. For couples this is a stunning place to stay, the staff were very helpful and friendly, shame about the other guest though and the grounds were stunning to walk through, for this alone it is worth a visit. I will give the hotel room and service three stars rating, purely because of the decor, food and problems we injured on the first nights stay, this would have been a two star from me but the staff were very good so they pulled it up by one rate. I have to give the grounds and location a four star rating as it truly is beautiful to wonder around the surrounding areas at your own leisure and it was ideally situated for what we wanted at the time. The burning question is would I go back, well no I don't think so I was put off and this is not my type of hotel. Not that I am a snob of anything but it was below par for what I would usually accept.

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      An ideal stop over in the country.