22. 4 on ground floor, 5 in lodge, 2 suitable for disabled.
all year except 25 Dec.
bar, dining room, function facilities, drying room, free Wi-Fi, in-room TV (Freeview), civil wedding licence, 2-acre grounds (walled garden, kitchen garden, dark sky observatory).
Yes, bar, restaurant.
all ages welcomed.
allowed in public rooms, some bedrooms (£10 per night).
Amex, MasterCard, Visa.
 per room B&B from £120, D,B&B from £165. À la carte £32.50.
Good Hotel Guide Review
‘Surely one of the best places to stay in the north of England’, Dee and Richard Slade’s historic coaching inn is run as a ‘characterful, modern’ pub, hotel and restaurant, where some of the best views are to be found at night. It is in Europe’s largest Dark Sky park; ‘inspirational, enthusiastic’ guided observatory tours of the stars come complete with a pair of binoculars. The Slades have impressive eco credentials (‘though we thought the in-room eco notices a touch bossy’), including a sizeable organic garden. ‘A morning tour of the fascinating grounds with Richard is a highlight.’ Individually decorated bedrooms are in the main building and a row of ‘wonderfully different’ timber lodges, each with a spa bath and separate sitting area, in the grounds. In the restaurant, Edward Shilton’s ‘imaginative’ dishes – perhaps home-made roasted pepper and goat’s cheese ravioli, Brinkburn cheese, mustard butter – are ‘beautifully cooked and presented, and satisfyingly portioned’. Drinks are taken seriously, too: ‘If you haven’t had a pint of Magus, you haven’t lived!’ (Colin Bradshaw, P and SG, and others)
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.
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