Phil and Ali bought Acorn Lodge in 2004 after Phil was made redundant from his IT job with NCR. Ali was an Advanced Skill Teacher of Psychology in Leeds.
Phil is mainly front of house with his excellent hospitality skills and customer service. Ali is more operations and marketing, hiding in the background! Lola and the Grandchildren can often be found waitressing at the weekends for a small donation to their doughnut and ice cream funds.
Phil was born in Newcastle and then spent his early years down south. He returned to the North in his teens and played drums in his parent’s cabaret act. Hospitality is in his blood, as his parents also ran hotels and restaurants, as did his brother.
Ali taught Psychology for 20 years and gave up to help Phil full time in the guest house and keep him in check! She is a qualified Personal Life Coach, runs writing retreats with her writing tutor and is writing a novel.
We have fully refurbished Acorn Lodge, and also built our own accommodation in the old Coach House at the rear of the building. We are proud to provide a warm welcome, comfortable and stylish rooms with little extra touches like whirlpool baths in some of the rooms whilst maintaining the original features of this beautiful Edwardian property. Our location is perfectly placed for walking into town or the conference centre, in a lovely quiet, tree-lined residential street.
We are delighted that we have been in the Tripadvisor Hall of Fame twice – that’s 10 years of rave reviews from our guests! We were also shortlisted for a Hidden Gem award to be one of the top 6 in Yorkshire. We also achieved Top Ten in the Trivago places to stay in Yorkshire.
When we get a chance, we love to sample the delights of the many local restaurants and cafes, getting out in the stunning countryside on our doorstep, travelling whenever we can and skiing. We enjoy spending time on our allotment, growing our own veg and flowers.
We look forward to welcoming guests old and new to our home here in Harrogate.