hall, drawing room, dining room, free Wi-Fi, in-room digital TV, ¹/³-acre garden, unsuitable for disabled.
all ages welcomed.
not in public rooms, or unattended in bedrooms.
per room B&B £125–£165.
Good Hotel Guide Review
It’s hard to pinpoint what Guide readers like best at Tim Culkin and Austin Lynch’s ‘lovely’, characterful B&B, for we hear praise of the ‘warm welcome’; the ‘stylish, comfortable’ rooms; the ‘outstanding’ breakfasts; the ‘beautiful’, award-winning garden. ‘The hosts have a passion for Georgian interiors’, and it shows: just off the cobbled square, their ‘nicely designed’ town house is filled with ‘gorgeous’ antique furniture, silver, paintings and objets d’art – ‘such a collection!’ From curios to prints and pictures, there’s plenty to admire in the handsome bedrooms, where even the bathrooms have flair: in one, huge candles flank a Botticelli-like shell; in another, a Turkish rug lies between an Edwardian bath and a cast iron fireplace. The garden, tumbling towards the River Swale, is ‘inspiring’, with fine masses of snowdrops, ferns, hostas and old roses. In the morning, ‘the best breakfast’ includes an ‘outstanding array’ of local produce, fresh fruit, ‘a wide range of interesting cereals’; coffee is taken seriously. ‘A good base for exploring the Yorkshire Dales’; Easby Abbey is a ten-minute drive away. (L and RM, and others)