Welcome to The Sanctuary


There are extra measures as a charity, community and family that we need to adhere to so we can ensure all who visit us have a safe and positive experience with the least chance of spreading the virus. 1. We continue to ask that you please still wear a face covering while in communal spaces such as corridors. 2. If the worst happens and you unfortunately test positive for COVID-19, we of course ask that you do not travel to Westwood and follow the government guidelines to stay at home and self-isolate. In this situation we would be happy to defer your stay to a future date.

Arriving to Westwood

Check-in is from 15:00 onwards - please confirm your arrival time with us. To keep you and us safe during these times, we are operating a self check-in system. The flat will be open for you and the keys will be on the table. If you need us, you can contact us via telephone (contact details will be in the flat). The Sanctuary is in the main wing of the church building. Head towards the main entrance (right-hand side of the building) and go through the green door, then take the first door on your left. Go up the stairs and the Sanctuary door will be on your right-hand side. The flat will be open and ready for you, and should be nice and warm. When you arrive, make yourself a cup of tea/coffee. We provide you with coffee, tea bags and sugar, however, we ask that you bring your own milk as our little shop is closed until further notice. Please familiarise yourself with the house rules when you arrive. The Sanctuary is a generously spaced studio flat that has a beautiful stained glass window dating from the beginning of the 20th century and a seating area next to a window from where you can admire the view and watch the world go by.

07399 359480

Please use this number if you need to contact the wardens during your stay rather than the doorbell at the main entrance or the office telephone number. Please text for non-urgent queries and telephone in case of an emergency. Please note this mobile telephone number is strictly for guests whilst staying with us. For bookings or other queries outside of dates of stays, the best way to contact us is via email info@westwood-centre.org.uk.

Bedding & Towels

If you’ve purchased a bed set (£8 each) you’ll arrive to your bed perfectly made for you. If you haven’t purchased a bed set, remember you must bring along your own bedding (pillow/duvet/sheets) and towels. You must purchase your bed set 7 days before arrival. If you require a specific bed layout (e.g. if you require twin beds instead of king, sofa beds, travel cot etc.), please also inform the office at least 7 days before your arrival.

The Kitchen

Westwood is fully self-catered, each flat has its own kitchen with an oven/hob, under counter fridge (with small freezer), microwave and a kettle. There are also pots, pans, cutlery and crockery etc. - but if you need anything else to cook with during your stay, just shout and we will see what we can rustle up.

House Rules

Our full house rules can be found in the flat, but here are a few key things to be mindful of during your stay:


"What's the Wi-Fi password?"... probably our most asked question - we understand, you don't want to fully disconnect from the outside world. There is Wi-Fi available, and the connection is usually stable, but because of our rural location and Westwood's old thick stone walls, we cannot guarantee stability at all times.

Wi-Fi - westwoodcc Password - westwoodwireless85

Before Depature

We hope you leave Westwood feeling rested and renewed. Upon departure please leave your key in the same place it was on arrival. We ask you please leave the flat as you found it by putting all furniture / crockery back and cleaning down surfaces/oven/fridge etc. Please ensure beds are stripped, and towels left in the bath / shower and that check-out is NO LATER than 10am on the morning of departure. Any refuse / recycling / compost can be transferred to the bins at the end of the drive before departing.

Our Favourite Places to Eat

Please note, for most up-to-date opening days and times, it's best to check directly on their website.

Bolster Moor Farm Shop & Cafe

Within close walking distance, the farm shop offers a variety of fresh produce, groceries and ready meals. The cafe is open every day for breakfast and lunch, or a cheeky coffee and cake. Open daily.

The Handmade Bakery & Cafe

Situated in Slaithwaite by the canal, the bakery offers amazing sourdough bread, locally roasted coffee, pastries, breakfast and lunch. Open Tues - Sun.

The Golcar Lily

Our most local pub - it's within walking distance and is open for lunch and dinner. They offer a variety of dishes, including Sunday lunch. They also have a well stocked bar. Vegan pizzas available. Open Tues - Sun.

Anello Pizzeria

Down the hill from us in Slaithwaite, Anello is a pizzeria serving wood-fired Neapolitan pizza and seasonal small plates. Open for lunch / dinner, walk-ins available although booking is recommended.

The Scape House Inn

Another great nearby pub, Scape House Inn serve tasty classic pub meals and have a well stocked bar. 5 minutes away by car or a 20 minute walk from Westwood, but trust us, it's worth it.

Destination Indian Restaurant

Destination serve arguably the best Indian food in the valley. Situated in Slaithwaite (it's the place to be!) again, but it's worth the trip down the hill for tasty Indian food (with vegan options).

We look forward to hosting you - Ellie, Jake & Nikki (Westwood Wardens)

Contact Us

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Maps & Directions

Are you wondering how to get here?


Answers to some common questions.


If you want to discuss your booking, please email the office or call us during office hours.

Contact us by Email

Email us: info@westwood-centre.org.uk, emails are reponded to during office hours.

Contact us by Phone

You can call us on 01484 845042. Our office hours are 10:00-13:00 Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.

Visit us in person

We understand some group leaders might like to come see the centre before booking their group retreat. You are very welcome to come visit and have a tour of Westwood, but we please ask you contact the office to officially book your visit. Unfortunately, unarranged visits are not possible.

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