Good Hotel Guide Review
‘A hearty welcome’ awaits guests at Heather and David Armstrong’s farmhouse which has been in the host’s family since 1904. There are six guest bedrooms in annexe buildings, ‘set around a beautifully landscaped, immaculately kept garden.’ Wherever you look, something diverts the eye. There is a fishpond, a bird house, ceramic pigs, a miniature cricket team on a lawn; plenty to entertain the children, plus seats and benches everywhere, from which guests enjoy ‘views across fields towards the village and the River Tees’. In one bedroom a young Audrey Hepburn gazes from the wall. Another has ‘an old, black, cast iron fire surround fixed on the wall as decoration’. Most now have a king or super-king-size bed. In a bathroom, ‘teddy bears’ bath-time’ tiles raised a smile. Extras include fresh milk, chocolates, home-made biscuits, good toiletries, an umbrella, you name it. Breakfast and an evening meal are served in an orangery-like room with ‘polished slate and timber floor, unusual artwork’, a large stone fireplace lending ‘a manor-house feel’. David cooks, with local produce, ‘farmhouse-style’ dishes in large portions. Everything about the place is generous. More reports, please.
Monk End Farm
6 in garden buildings, some on ground floor, 1 suitable for disabled.
all year except Christmas and New Year.
lounge, restaurant, free Wi-Fi, in-room TV (Freeview), small conference facilities, 2-acre grounds on 100-acre farm.
classical, ‘easy listening’ in restaurant.
all ages welcomed.
Amex, MC, Visa.
per room B&B single £90, double £140. À la carte £37.