The Saddleworth Hotel remains a family business and a real labour of love with the owners working 7 days a week, 365 days a year.
Founder Anthony John Baker, born 16th June 1936, was originally from Croydon, London. As a boy he was evacuated during the Blitz to Bolton, via Wales. He started his career in the leisure club industry in Bolton and bought the Hotel in November 1964 which at the time was known as Springhouse Farm. During the 1960s, before the creation of the motorway network, the A62 Huddersfield Road was the main pennine crossing so Anthony opened Springhouse Farm as a transport cafe. In early 1970s, with the opening of the M62, the cafe gradually ground to a halt so he adapted the business to become the Cottage Motel, a B&B with bar and restaurant, this was when he found his love for hosting wedding events and parties. In 1973, the second generation arrived with the birth of Scott Anthony Baker. Scott grew up with the business and now is an integral part of the day to day running of the Hotel.
In the early 1980s the name was then changed to the Cottage Hotel and subsequently to the Saddleworth Hotel. Through the 1980s and early 1990s, the Hotel grew into a renowned, thriving party and wedding venue. In 1995, the wedding laws changed to allow marriages to take place in venues other then registry offices and churches. The hotel immediately took advantage of this, offering guests not only receptions, but also marriage ceremonies. In fact, Anthony and Sandi were the very first couple in England to be married under this new law as they became Mr and Mrs Baker at the Saddleworth Hotel.
To this day, the Hotel remains a family business and a real labour of love with the owners working 7 days a week, 365 days a year. To the Bakers, the Hotel is not just a business, it is a member of the family. We hope that for any occasion your visit to The Saddleworth Hotel is warm, welcoming and everything you dreamed of.