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 McBride’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)
A great value short break based on a two-night minimum stay during September, October & November to include: accommodation in a superior room, full English breakfast daily, three-course a la carte meal each evening, tea/coffee and homemade scones with preserves on one afternoon. £178 per couple per night or £129 for singles. Optional third night free in November. You just need to buy dinner that night (main course minimum) and breakfast the following morning (£12.50 pp). 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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