13. 12 in garden buildings, 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, MasterCard, Visa.
 per room B&B single £90, double £145. À la carte £37.
Good Hotel Guide Review
Heather and David Armstrong have transformed an old farmhouse – in the family for more than a century – into a ‘fascinating and unusual hotel’ spilling over into converted outbuildings and a bungalow. Run with ‘humour and charm’, the place brims with personality; the owners ‘go out of their way to oblige every request’. Eclectic bedrooms have antique pieces and surprising touches – gold-painted cornices, a shell-shaped loo seat, an old cast iron fireplace surround fixed to the wall as decoration. Each is well supplied with all sorts of amenities, from fresh milk in a mini-fridge to sweets, postcards, an umbrella, shaving kit and wine bible. Choose a book from the selection and sink into an armchair in the lounge; another day, pick out a tune on the piano. In good weather, sit in the landscaped gardens – the views over surrounding fields are ‘beautiful’. The hostess, a ‘friendly, bubbly presence’, serves drinks and canapés before dinner; the ebullient host cooks hearty dishes, perhaps home-made spinach and ricotta tortellini; rack of local lamb, blackcurrant and port jelly. Next day, fill up on a Yorkshire breakfast, then stroll along the beck to the River Tees. (CLH)