21. 7 in adjacent miners’ cottages, 10 in The Angel across road, some on ground floor, 1 suitable for disabled.
2 lounges, restaurant, Gatehouse events space, free Wi-Fi, in-room TV (Freeview), civil wedding licence, beer garden.
in dining room and bar.
all ages welcomed.
‘well-behaved dogs’ allowed in bedrooms, public rooms, not in dining room.
Amex, MasterCard, Visa.
per room B&B single £99–£200, double £119–£224. A la carte £32.
Good Hotel Guide Review
A ‘lovely drive over moors’ leads to this hotel in a North Pennines village built from the stone of a dissolved 12th-century abbey. The hotel itself occupies surviving monastic buildings, including the abbot’s lodge, in gardens leading down to the River Derwent. Part of the Calcot group (see entry for Calcot Manor, Tetbury), it has been ‘very stylishly’ made over while maintaining its historic character. Today’s visitor finds flagstone floors, ‘a maze of corridors’, ‘an enormous fire on which meats are sometimes grilled’, a ‘dark crypt bar’, beams and barrel-vaulted ceilings. Bedrooms, in the main building, former miners’ cottages and ‘another interesting old building’, The Angel, opposite, blend contemporary style with original features. They range from ‘cosy’ to ‘suites’ via ‘canny’ and ‘champion’ (‘our champion room had books, magazines, an espresso machine, home-made biscuits, fudge, a walker’s pack and umbrella’). In the upstairs Bishop’s Dining Room, Simon Hicks uses local and home-grown produce in such dishes as Ayrshire mutton banger, lamb chop, whipped tatties, wild garlic; Durham rare breed pork chop, naughty beans. Breakfast brings fresh juice, toast-your-own crumpets, eggs from the hotel’s hens.