Clow Beck House

Heather and David Armstrong are warm and accommodating hosts at this ‘fascinating’ hotel, occupying a farmhouse and rustic-looking, purpose-built annexes. More

Contact details

Monk End Farm
01325 721075

Hotel information


10. 1 in main building, 9 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.

Background music

classical, ‘easy listening’ in restaurant.


all ages welcomed.


not allowed.

Credit cards

Amex, MasterCard, Visa.


per room B&B single £90, double £140. A la carte £37.

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Good Hotel Guide Review

Heather and David Armstrong are warm and accommodating hosts at this ‘fascinating’ hotel, occupying a farmhouse and rustic-looking, purpose-built annexes. Clow Beck would have been known to the boy Charles Lutwidge Dodgson, aka Lewis Carroll, who lived at the village rectory and reputedly wrote ‘Jabberwocky’ there. The Armstrongs’ guests can take tea in the hotel lounge or, on frabjous days, sit out under a tumtum tree in the ‘beautiful, well-cared-for’ gardens with topiary and duck ponds. Most bedrooms are in the annexes. The styling is idiosyncratic, tending to the traditional, sometimes a bit quirky, with rather homey antiques and many personal touches. Each room (one reader felt theirs a little ‘dreary’) has a fridge, fresh milk, chocolates, home-made biscuits ‘well worth getting fat for’, posh toiletries, postcards and an umbrella. In the evening, Heather serves drinks and canapés before David’s hearty dinner. Maybe local fillet steak with melted Yorkshire Blue, or one of several vegetarian options, followed by a proper pudding or Yorkshire cheeses, in the beamed dining room. Breakfast delivers local produce, home-made breads and jam.


Clow Beck House
Monk End Farm

Guest comments

'It is about five years since we last visited Clow Beck. It was lovely to see David and Heather again. Standards are as high as they ever were, and they go out of their way to oblige every request. The rooms are large enough and have every extra, lovely toiletries, home made biscuits, chocolates/sweets and a fridge for milk, bottled water, etc. The food is well cooked and tasty, and has improved as regards portion size, and the veg, served separately, are sensible in amount. Breakfast still is extremely good, and sets you up for the day. Their apricot and nut bread toasted, is wonderful with their apricot preserve. ' - Christine Hodgkin - September, 2015
'Warm greeting. Excellent bedroom and bathroom. The meal was excellent; so were the breakfasats. Very good dog-walking facilities. ' - David Innes - October, 2011
'Having stayed here before, we were delighted to find everything just as good as before with a warm welcome, excellent room and good food. ' - Averil Wilkinson - August, 2011

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Tourist attractions

  • Darlington

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  • Raby Castle

    A medieval castle, built on the site of a fortified manor house.

  • 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