Shallowdale House

We have readers who return year after year to this ‘delightful, comfortable’ B&B with panoramic views across the North Yorkshire countryside. More

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West End
YO62 4DY
01439 788325

Hotel information




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


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

Background music



not under 12.


not allowed.

Credit cards

MasterCard, Visa.


per room B&B single £110–£135, double £130–£164, D,B&B double £224–£260. Set dinner £48 (min. 48 hours’ notice). 1-night bookings occasionally refused weekends.

Other reviews

Good Hotel Guide Review

We have readers who return year after year to this ‘delightful, comfortable’ B&B with panoramic views across the North Yorkshire countryside. ‘Warm’, ‘friendly’, ‘restful’, they write of it. Natural hosts Phillip Gill and Anton van der Horst devote time and attention to guests, greeting returnees ‘as old friends’, baking cakes for tea by the fire, squeezing oranges for breakfast. The architect-designed 1960s house, with big picture windows, stands on a south-facing hillside, more and more at one with a garden densely planted by Anton with shrubs, roses, honeysuckle. The public rooms are filled with antiques and objets d’art. Bright, spacious, spotless bedrooms – one with double-aspect windows – are supplied with luxury toiletries, fresh milk for morning coffee. At night Phillip cooks a four-course dinner of fresh, seasonal produce, with wines available from a well-chosen list. Perhaps local asparagus, pancetta-wrapped guineafowl, panna cotta, then a cheeseboard, served at tables set with silverware and crisp linen. In the morning there are Craster kippers, local sausages, home-made jams – and, in prospect, maybe a drive to York or to the romantic ruins of Rievaulx Abbey. (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.

Last updated: October 8, 2018. Information from the 2019 Good Hotel Guide