Leyburn accommodation provider reopens after renovation work

The hallway at Eastfield Lodge

A venue offering accommodation for groups in Leyburn has reopened after extensive renovation work.

Eastfield Lodge, which reopened earlier this year, is run by hosts Henry Collett and Penny Knight.

They said: “It’s been a long road after being forced to close for the pandemic and then again for refurbishment and we have missed our guests terribly.

“Now with spring here, it’s also a new start for the lodge, the doors are open and we are so enthusiastic to see guests back.”

Built in 1863, the venue  has undergone many changes over the years, including the recent development of two independent self-contained apartments, The Den and The Holt, within the adjacent Coach House.

The main lodge has also been refurbished, with a snug bar replacing the old office and a family room added on the ground floor.

These renovations come after Colletts Ltd sold the freehold of Eastfield Lodge to Hilton Properties Ltd in 2021, a Bishops Stortford-based company.

As part of the arrangement, Henry Collett and Penny Knight, previously managing the property on behalf of Colletts Mountain Holidays, formed their own business partnership and signed a lease with Hilton Properties.

Henry and Penny said the renovated lodge aims to provide the same warm and welcoming environment, but now with a smart and stylish design and contemporary touches throughout.

Upstairs, the eight refurbished bedrooms sit across two floors. Each room has been redesigned with superking beds that can be split into two singles and with ensuite bathrooms featuring showers on a pressurised system.

Initially asked to manage the impressive Victorian property for six months on behalf of Colletts in 2015, Henry and Penny say they soon found themselves under the spell of he area.

“The genuinely friendly welcome from the local people, the draw of the rolling hills and individual character of each dale, the fresh abundant local produce and wealth and variety of events and attractions made it impossible to walk away.

“Life in the Dales is a privilege we never take for granted, and is part of the reason we wanted to give back to the community by involving local businesses in the renovations.”

The refurbishment has been carried out by a number of local tradespeople, including RLT Joinery, David Scarr Plumbing, Southgate & James, E & P Electrics of Bedale, Andrew Hawkins Builders, Paul Flynn Decorators, Louise Back Gardening, Duffield Tarmacing, RD Custom Installs, Calverts Stone and Wood, Dave Kay Joinery, and Farrow Skip Hire.

Various furnishings and home comforts were also supplied by Calverts, Milners of Leyburn, Just Shutters of Yorkshire, Simply Beds Catterick, Wensleydale Brewery, Black Sheep Brewery, and A C Gallery Leyburn.