A riverside conversion of a Victorian grammar school and headmaster’s house gains an A* for splendid, characterful, boutique-style bedrooms, some with terrace and hot tub, and short, set-price, foodie-pleasing menus.
Dogs and their people receive a warm welcome at this 18th-century former coaching inn, with cosy bar and candlelit restaurant, a mix of contemporary and country-style bedrooms in the inn and converted stables, and inventive seasonally changing menu.
Against the backdrop of Stag Fell, with views over Wensleydale, this many-gabled stone-built retreat offers the perfect country house escape, with antiques, comfy armchairs, warm hospitality and modern cooking of local ingredients.
From amuse-bouche to dessert, dinner in the candlelit dining room is the highlight at this Georgian town house on a cobbled street in this market town, but that is not to fault the individually styled bedrooms or excellent breakfast.
Much altered since it was begun in 1695, the Cunliffe-Lister family’s neo-Gothic, castellated fantasy castle is ‘a very special place, grand and imposing’, in ‘simply glorious’ pleasure grounds and parkland.