Good Hotel Guide Review
This outwardly modest-looking Regency town house startles first-time visitors when they enter. Richly furnished – minimalists beware – with a profusion of clocks, silver, glass, art and antiques, it is a firm favourite among returning guests, not least for its award-winning garden. ‘Our friends love it,’ reports a trusted reader; ‘Wonderfully eccentric,’ say inspectors. Owners Tim Culkin and Austin Lynch are passionate and shrewd collectors, and not just for show. Breakfast, ‘a generous buffet of fruit, cereals, delicious toast and croissants’ and ‘good poached egg on smoked haddock’, is served with antique silver, bone-handled cutlery and Georgian teapots. The elegant dining room overlooks a small, densely planted hillside garden (open to the public April to October); the hostas, old roses, ferns and rhododendrons are spectacular. Bedrooms are spacious and comfortably traditional, more guest than hotel room, with books, fruit and fresh flowers; some have a separate sitting room. The largest, a little dark, ‘but very quiet’, opens right on to the garden. The location is matchless, minutes from both the River Swale and the market square.
hall, drawing room, dining room, in-room digital TV, garden, unsuitable for disabled.
all ages welcomed.
allowed in public rooms and bedrooms (not unattended).
per room B&B £125–£165.