Shallowdale House

Ampleforth, Yorkshire

Returning guests feel they’re ‘coming home’ when they stay at this wisteria-clad, light-filled 1960s house with its peerless views over gardens to the Howardian hills. More

Good Hotel Guide Review

Returning guests are received ‘just like old friends’ at this wisteria-clad, light-filled 1960s house with its peerless views over gardens to the Howardian hills. Run for many years by Phillip Gill and Anton van der Horst – whose afternoon tea and home-made cakes are legendary – its ace card is its picture windows that ensure striking views from every room. ‘Spacious’ bedrooms are full of warm colours, brightly patterned fabrics and a late 20th-century decorative style. Comfortable, with armchairs and books, it has lots of nice touches: pot plants, binoculars, Penhaligon bathroom products, ‘even a bowl of chocolates to dip into while watching the rabbits on the lawn’. The gardens of terraced lawns, borders and shrubberies are a ‘lovely wonder’ and excellent for birdwatching. Dinner (booked ahead), confidently cooked by Phillip, is an event with white napery, fresh flowers and four courses that might include endive gratin, hake with garlic crust and ‘delicious desserts’. Breakfast is similarly satisfying. A ‘deeply relaxing’ stay with ‘care for our welfare and comfort’. (Andrew Warren, Frances Thomas, and others)

Hotel details


West End
YO62 4DY


01439 788325




all year except Christmas/New Year, ‘occasional’ 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

Amex, MC, Visa.


B&B doubles from £155, singles from £135. Set dinner £50 (min. 48 hours’ notice). 1-night bookings occasionally refused weekends.

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Their first guests after the lockdown, we returned once more and were greeted as old friends but in a covid safe way. Our two-night stay en-route to Scotland was deeply relaxing with Philip's well thought out meals (a cherry clafouti was particularly tasty) and Anton's care for our welfare and comfort.The gardens are now a mature and lovely wonder as we have seen them develop over the past 20 years. We look forward to staying again. - Mrs Frances M Thomas - July 2020
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

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Information from the 2022 Good Hotel Guide.