Good Hotel Guide Review
Guests are made to feel like old friends at this wisteria-clad, light-filled 1960s house with its peerless views over gardens to the Howardian hills. Hosts Phillip Gill and Anton van der Horst have the happy knack of creating rooms and an atmosphere that are ‘deeply relaxing’, helped in no small measure by the picture windows that ensure striking views at every turn. Large, luminous bedrooms are full of warm colours, brightly patterned fabrics and a classic country-house style. They are filled with art and books, as are the two sitting rooms. Thoughtful touches include binoculars (great for birdwatching and rabbit-spotting), pot plants, chocolates and Penhaligon toiletries. Enjoy complimentary tea and home-made cakes while gazing over the ‘lovely gardens’, which continue to delight faithful guests who have witnessed them mature over two decades. Phillip’s cooking is ‘out of this world’, says a regular returning for the 12th time, and although dinner is no longer offered, guests can fortunately still enjoy his legendary scrambled eggs at breakfast: ‘Nobody does that better!’ An ‘utterly splendid’ stay. 'We look forward to staying again.' (AW, FT)
all year except Christmas/New Year and ‘occasional’ other times.
drawing room, dining room, sitting room/library, in-room TV (Freeview), 2½-acre gardens, unsuitable for disabled.
not under 12.
Amex, MC, Visa.
B&B doubles from £195, singles from £170. 2-night min. stay, occasional 1-night availability.