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 left unattended).
per room B&B £125–£165.
Good Hotel Guide Review
‘Silver, copper, glass, china, pictures, rugs’ and other treasures are ‘trustingly displayed’ at Tim Culkin and Austin Lynch’s ‘wonderfully eccentric B&B’ in a Georgian house, just off the town square. ‘You would not want to be with children here,’ report our inspectors this year. ‘Clocks, clocks and more clocks are dotted around, several of them in every living room.’ Bedrooms are furnished with antiques. One has a separate private bathroom, another an in-room shower and a separate, private WC. A spacious double room had ‘a separate sitting room in which is an ancient oven/fireplace’, a dresser laden with china, paperbacks, more china. A door led straight into the ‘glorious’ walled garden, with profuse plantings of shrub roses, clematis and ferns. An even better choice, perhaps, dual-aspect Room 1 has views over the garden towards the River Swale. Both of these have an en suite bathroom with bath and walk-in shower. At breakfast, ‘served by a friendly lady’, there was ‘a generous buffet, delicious home-made marmalade, good poached egg on smoked haddock’. The hosts are proud of their list of past guests, including Joanna Trollope, Tom Courtenay, Alan Bennett.