14. 2 in Monk’s Cottage, 5 in rear courtyard, some on ground floor.
all year except 23–28 Dec.
2 lounges, bar, Crown Room (bar meals), restaurant, free Wi-Fi, in-room TV (Freeview), boot room; fishing, grouse shooting, birdwatching nearby.
all day in restaurant.
all ages welcomed.
Amex, MasterCard, Visa.
 per room B&B £115–£200, D,B&B £185–£270. À la carte £40.
Good Hotel Guide Review
Pull a Windsor chair over to the log fire at Cheryl and Thomas Robinson’s creeper-covered 18th-century inn, in a picture-postcard village in the North Pennines. This is a ‘most welcoming’ place, with a ‘comfortable, relaxed atmosphere’ hanging about the copper pans, age-polished benches and rural prints, say Guide readers in 2017. (Dogs feel the same way, too, particularly after they’ve been given one of the locally small-batch-baked doggy treats.) ‘The inn may be small in size, but it is professionally run, with eager-to-please staff – a large part of its appeal.’ Each of the bedrooms has its own character – one has a stone fireplace, another has dark beams, others yet have a window seat. All are in ‘tip-top order’: ‘housekeeping is excellent’. There are ‘great walks’ from the door; follow a route down to the river and back along the old railway line, returning in time for dinner. Chef Dave Hunter’s ‘delicious, beautifully presented’ modern British dishes, perhaps lamb loin, belly and ragout, kale, fondant potato, are ‘the star of the show’. Headlam Hall, Darlington (see Shortlist), is under the same ownership. (Alwyn Ellis, Kevin Johnson, Adam Gibson)
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£99 per person D,B&B August Mid-Week Special Offer
August mid-week one-night offer. Enjoy an overnight stay, Monday to Thursday during August, on this great value offer. To include: Accommodation in a superior room. 3 course a la carte dinner. Full English breakfast. Only £99 per person (based on 2 sharing). Monday to Thursday night only during August. To benefit from this offer, please mention the Good Hotel Guide when booking.
10% discount voucher
This hotel accepts discount vouchers which entitle readers to a 10% discount off their normal B&B rate for a single night’s stay. To take advantage of this offer, you must present the voucher at the time of booking.
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