This grand Jacobean manor built in 1633 has been owned and run by the Pearson family since 1963. Holdsworth House is the top hotel in Halifax and stands in stunning, secluded gardens, just three miles north of Halifax in the heart of West Yorkshire’s dramatic landscape. With banqueting and conference facilities for up to 120 guests, Holdsworth is a popular Yorkshire wedding venue and hotel for four-star overnight accommodation.
Open fires, cosy lounges, fine antiques and tapestries create a sense of calm and comfort whilst the 39 charming bedrooms located in the award winning extension, have all been individually furnished. Dinner is served by candle-light in the exquisite, 17th Century, oak panelled restaurant whilst the Long Bar has a simpler brasserie style menu.
The present manor house, built by Abraham Brigg in 1633, retains many period features: splendid mullioned windows, oak panelling, wig cupboards and, above the central gable, the stone Maltese cross of the chivalric Order of St John of Jerusalem. There a hidden delights such as the romantic listed Gazebo and the pretty walled courtyard.
This luxury hotel is just seven miles from the M62, almost equidistant from Leeds and Manchester and ideally located as a base from which to explore the Pennines and the Dales, with Bronte country on the doorstep. In Halifax, Eureka! Museum for Children is the first and foremost hands-on children’s museum in the UK and a little further afield is the National Media Museum and the Hockney Gallery.
Over the years, there have been a variety of celebrities visiting the hotel but the most famous of them all must surely be The Beatles who stayed here at the height of their fame in 1964 on John Lennon’s 24th birthday.