Shallowdale House

Standing in flower-filled gardens on the edge of the North York Moors national park, Phillip Gill and Anton van der Horst’s ‘tranquil, immaculate’ B&B ‘remains excellent’, say returning guests this year. More

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Shallowdale House
West End
YO62 4DY
01439 788325

Hotel information




all year except Christmas/New Year, ‘occasionally at other times’.


drawing room, sitting room/library, dining room, free Wi-Fi, in-room TV (Freeview), 2½-acre gardens, unsuitable for disabled.

Background music



not under 12.


not allowed.

Credit cards

MasterCard, Visa.


[2017] per room B&B £125–£150, D,B&B £215–£240. Set dinner £45 (min. 48 hours’ notice). 1-night bookings occasionally refused weekends.

Other reviews

Good Hotel Guide Review

Standing in flower-filled gardens on the edge of the North York Moors national park, Phillip Gill and Anton van der Horst’s ‘tranquil, immaculate’ B&B ‘remains excellent’, say returning guests this year. The hosts’ ‘great kindness’ has won them many fans, who come to be ‘greeted as old friends’. ‘In 15 years of annual visits, we’ve never been disappointed.’ Sit by the fire in the drawing room for afternoon tea with home-baked cakes; in the evening, tables are set for Phillip Gill’s ‘imaginative, delicious’ four-course dinner, cooked using produce in season. Typical dishes: local asparagus; duck breasts, braised endives, marsala. Upstairs, the traditionally styled bedrooms are ‘spacious and thoughtfully equipped’. ‘All three rooms are equally delightful: comfortable beds, charming decoration, superb views across the Howardian hills. (What more can you ask for?)’ At breakfast, there’s freshly squeezed orange juice, local sausages and dry-cured bacon, Whitby kippers and home-made preserves. Rambles in the North Yorkshire countryside await; gardens and abbey ruins are within easy reach; John Vanbrugh’s Castle Howard is a short drive away. (Richard Creed, AW)

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Shallowdale House
West End
YO62 4DY

Guest comments

'Our fourth stay - like coming home. Bedrooms are spacious and well equipped. Dinners were outstanding, prepared by an imaginative cook. The art is amazing and varied. ' - Mary Hewson - August, 2018
'We have visited this excellent small hotel annually for the past 15 years and have never been disappointed. The rooms are all delightful, comfortable beds, charming decoration, superb views. Breakfasts are always generous. Dinners are imaginative and delicious. The proprietors greet us as old friends. ' - Andrew Warren - May, 2016
'Another rave review. On my five-hour journey I wonder if it is too far to go for a weekend, but as soon as I enter the front door the tranquillity and comfort reassure me that the journey is worthwhile. The food is so good, plus excellent selection of wine, and each time there is something special. It must be ten years since I first visited, and I have never had a dud course, let alone a dud meal. What an achievement. ' - Richard D. Creed - October, 2014
'Our third visit; we enjoyed it as much as ever. Our room was beautiful - spacious and elegant. Binoculars on the bedside table so that we could enjoy the lovely view. The bathroom (private rather than en-suite) had a big bath, nice toiletries and fluffy towels. The public rooms have antiques and objets d'art, comfortable chairs. The atmosphere is restful, and there is no background music. Breakfast has a wide choice. With sherry in the drawing room before the meal and coffee and petits fours afterwards, we thoroughly enjoyed our dinner. The wine list, although short, provided enough choice. ' - Mary Hewson - July, 2013

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Tourist attractions

  • Whitby

    Famous fishing town, with fantastic fish and chips at the Magpie Café

  • Castle Howard

    A magnificent 18th-century house, set in 1,000 acres of parkland.

  • York

    Exquisite architecture, a tangle of quaint cobbled streets and the iconic York Minster.