14. 2 in Monk’s Cottage, 5 in rear courtyard, some on ground floor.
all year except 23–28 Dec, no food served Mon lunchtime.
2 lounges, bar, Crown Room (bar meals), restaurant, free Wi-Fi, in-room TV (Freeview), boot room, fishing, grouse shooting, birdwatching nearby.
all day and evening in restaurant.
all ages welcomed.
allowed in bedrooms and public rooms, except restaurant.
Amex, MasterCard, Visa.
per room B&B £115–£205, D,B&B £175–£265. A la carte £40.
Good Hotel Guide Review
In a ‘beautiful setting’, beside the Saxon church in a ‘picturesque’ North Pennines village, Cheryl and Thomas Robinson’s 18th-century inn is ‘an absolute gem’, loved especially by dog-owning readers. Bedrooms vary in style and character, with a mix of antique, locally made and modern furniture. Some have beams and exposed stone, while suites have a sofa bed for children. The more contemporary courtyard rooms have their own patio. All are supplied with ground coffee, biscuits, smart toiletries. ‘The food is the star of the show’, served in the candlelit oak-panelled dining room, or in the cosy bar with its log fire, horse brasses, hunting prints and settles. The Robinsons, who also own Headlam Hall in Darlington (see Shortlist), have farmed in Teesdale for four generations, and are passionate about seasonality, provenance and animal welfare. Head chef David Hunter is back in the kitchen this year, creating such dishes as pan-fried breast of woodpigeon, grilled pancetta, parsnip tartlet, juniper sauce. Breakfast choices include smoked haddock or honey-roasted ham, setting guests up for a hearty walk, perhaps to High Force waterfall. (AG, KJ)
Winter Snuggler Break Special Offer
Winter Snuggler Break – a two-night break available in December (1st-23rd), January & February to include: Accommodation in superior room. Tea & scones on arrival. Full English breakfast. Three-course a la carte dinner. Optional 3rd night free (conditions apply). £79 per person per night based on two sharing (£119 per night for singles). 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.
Guide Book Vouchers
This hotel accepts discount vouchers which entitle readers to a 25% discount off their normal B&B rate for a single night’s stay. Each printed copy of the Guide contains six vouchers worth in total about £150.Buy the guide
This hotel accepts room upgrade vouchers which entitle readers to a space available room upgrade. The voucher must be presented at check-in and is entirely at the hotelier’s discretion.
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