Shallowdale House

Amid ‘tranquillity and comfort’, this ‘immaculately kept’ B&B is much liked by regulars who praise the ‘superb’ food and the ‘great kindness’ of hosts Phillip Gill and Anton van der Horst. More

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Shallowdale House
West End
Ampleforth
Yorkshire
YO62 4DY
England
01439 788325
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Hotel information

Bedrooms

3.

Open

all year except Christmas/New Year, 'occasionally at other times’.

Facilities

drawing room, sitting room/library, dining room, free Wi-Fi, in-room TV (Freeview), 2½-acre gardens, unsuitable for disabled.

Background music

none.

Children

not under 12.

Dogs

not allowed.

Credit cards

MasterCard, Visa.

Prices

[2016] per room B&B £120–£145, D,B&B £205–£230. Set dinner £42.50 (min. 48 hours’ notice). 1-night bookings occasionally refused weekends.

Other reviews

Good Hotel Guide Review

Amid ‘tranquillity and comfort’, this ‘immaculately kept’ B&B is much liked by regulars who praise the ‘superb’ food, the ‘delightful rooms’ and the ‘great kindness’ of hosts Phillip Gill and Anton van der Horst. The hillside house stands amid flower-filled gardens; take in panoramic views of the Howardian hills from large picture windows in every room. Books and objets d’art fill the ‘restful’, traditionally furnished lounges – settle in here for tea and home-made cake every afternoon. In the ‘spacious’, ‘thoughtfully equipped’ bedrooms, binoculars are provided to spot the garden’s resident robins. Bathrooms are stocked with ‘fluffy’ towels and ‘nice’ toiletries (a guest this year would have liked a more powerful shower). Give notice if you want to try Phillip Gill’s ‘eclectic’ four-course dinner. ‘In ten years of visiting Shallowdale, I have never had a dud course, let alone a dud meal.’ At breakfast (‘so generous you can skip lunch!’) tuck in to dry-cured bacon and Whitby kippers; ‘the freshly squeezed orange juice deserves a mention’. (Richard Creed, Andrew Warren, and others)

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Shallowdale House
West End
Ampleforth
Yorkshire
YO62 4DY

Guest comments

'We have visited this excellent small hotel annually for the past 15 years and have never been disappointed. The rooms are all delightful, comfortable beds, charming decoration, superb views. Breakfasts are always generous. Dinners are imaginative and delicious. The proprietors greet us as old friends. ' - Andrew Warren - May, 2016
'Another rave review. On my five-hour journey I wonder if it is too far to go for a weekend, but as soon as I enter the front door the tranquillity and comfort reassure me that the journey is worthwhile. The food is so good, plus excellent selection of wine, and each time there is something special. It must be ten years since I first visited, and I have never had a dud course, let alone a dud meal. What an achievement. ' - Richard D. Creed - October, 2014
'Our third visit; we enjoyed it as much as ever. Our room was beautiful - spacious and elegant. Binoculars on the bedside table so that we could enjoy the lovely view. The bathroom (private rather than en-suite) had a big bath, nice toiletries and fluffy towels. The public rooms have antiques and objets d'art, comfortable chairs. The atmosphere is restful, and there is no background music. Breakfast has a wide choice. With sherry in the drawing room before the meal and coffee and petits fours afterwards, we thoroughly enjoyed our dinner. The wine list, although short, provided enough choice. ' - Mary Hewson - July, 2013

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