Good Hotel Guide Review
A trove of arts décoratifs is ‘trustingly displayed’ in this Georgian town house, ‘in a good situation off the market square’. Tim Culkin and Austin Lynch’s eye for ‘silver, china, glass, clocks, pictures and more’ has turned their ‘nicely designed, roomy, welcoming’ B&B into a collector’s paradise – and a nightmare for fans of minimalism or parents of young children. Individually decorated with antiques (polished chests and wardrobes, elegant dressing tables) and vintage prints, the bedrooms might have a private sitting room with an old fireplace and copious paperbacks; a bathroom with cast iron bath and walk-in shower; or dual-aspect windows gazing across the ‘glorious’ walled garden towards the River Swale. Minor niggle: ‘Our spacious, quiet room could have done with more lighting and coat-hangers.’ To match the award-winning garden, which teems with ferns, shrubs, roses and clematis, there is an ‘outstanding’ breakfast: ‘a generous buffet, delicious home-made marmalade, toast and croissant’. Burn it off with a ‘lovely walk along the river to Easby Abbey’s romantic ruins’ – the bare 12th-century stones are a counterpoint to the busy, ‘wonderfully eccentric’ B&B.
hall, drawing room, dining room, free Wi-Fi, in-room digital TV, ¹⁄³-acre garden, unsuitable for disabled.
occasional soft classical.
all ages welcomed.
allowed in public rooms and bedrooms (not unattended).
per room B&B £125–£165.