A HOTEL in scenic location near Huddersfield has gained a three-star rating.
The Pennine Manor Hotel at Scapegoat Hill was presented with the coveted AA award following a rigorous inspection.
The hotel was scrutinised across all aspects of the business, including the standard of food and service, cleanliness and staff product knowledge.
The accolade follows a major refurbishment of the hotel by its joint owners.
The work has included refitting and redecorating the bar area, the 100- seater Hilltop restaurant, the Branson suite private function room and 31 en-suite bedrooms.
The management team bought the hotel in June, 2002.
The team is made up of David Broadbent, Karen Hirst, Audrey Stanley and Rachel Pickford, all formerly of the Fountain Inn at Ingbirchworth.
Mrs Pickford said the hotel - which has about 30 staff - had now embarked on a marketing campaign to boost new areas of business.
She said the hotel had always been popular for weddings and other social functions.
But she said: "Now we are hoping to attract more people to stay.
"The Pennine Manor has probably the best setting of any hotel in the Huddersfield area. Yet it is just minutes from the town centre and conveniently placed the for motorway.
"There is a large car park - and there is even a helicopter landing pad!"