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Thornton Lodge

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Thornton Rust | Wensleydale, Thornton Rust, Yorkshire Dales National Park DL8 3AP, England
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  • Sleep Quality
    5 of 5 stars
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    5 of 5 stars
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    5 of 5 stars
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    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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san franciwco ca
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34 reviews 34 reviews
28 hotel reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2014

We arrived in advance of a party of eight and we delighted and awe by Thornton Lodge, the grounds and the spacious bedrooms and public rooms. Vanessa, the proprietor and her husband have lovingly restored a 1907 sanitarium. The bathrooms were current and spacious as well, hot water to soothe the hiker's muscles, plenty of amenities including the ever-elusive bath... More 

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Seattle, Washington
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91 reviews 91 reviews
51 hotel reviews
71 helpful votes 71 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014

Our 4-poster room was spacious and lovely, with windows on two sides overlooking the grounds (watch for the bunnies). Many little extras are included to make your stay more comfortable. What really makes this place stand out, however, is Vanessa’s personalized service. She stops by each breakfast table to offer suggestions and advice on your plans for the day (including... More 

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Harpenden, United Kingdom
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 hotel reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014

As a family of five needing two rooms, Vanessa couldn't have been more helpful in accomodating us all (including a 12 and 9 year old) in comfort. One of the rooms we took felt like a whole wing of the house: 14ft-high ceilings and acres of space, yet still warm and friendly. Beds were comfortable and bathrooms smart. Breakfasts were... More 

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Waterlooville, United Kingdom
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29 reviews 29 reviews
13 hotel reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2014

A wonderful country house in the heart of the Yorkshire Dales. If you are looking for peace and tranquillity in a magnificent rural setting look no further. From beginning to the end of our stay we could have not been made more welcome. We had our evening meals at the George and Dragon, some 4 miles away, in Asgarth and... More 

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Norwich, United Kingdom
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

We were looking to explore the Yorkshire Dales and despite a late booking Vanessa was able to accomodate us - and in a stunning four poster bedded room. The room was huge with furnishings that were above the usual standard. A great touch was a proper fridge with real (not UHT!) milk and space for your own wine (or cheese... More 

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Barnetby le Wold, United Kingdom
5 reviews 5 reviews
4 hotel reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2014

Here for a birthday week-end. Vanessa seems to run the whole show on her own - which is pretty amazing considering the size of the place & the standard she sets! Really great in every department. The room was huge, clean, airy & with a super view. The breakfast large, well presented & cooked. Great for young couples, retired couples,... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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57 hotel reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2014 via mobile

On a back road in the Dales this is an excellent getaway location. The room we had overlooked the lawn and was warm and comfortable. The owner was helpful, if a little too interested in our personal affairs, and breakfasts were served promptly and were well prepared. We did not have a dinner at the house as we preferred to... More 

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vkyorkshire, Owner at Thornton Lodge, responded to this review

Hello Aubrey, thank you so much for your kind words, although it did make me chuckle that you thought my inquisitiveness about an Australian owning a British registered vehicle whose wife was going onto South Africa to visit her father, was overly nosey. I guess there is a balance between taking a passing interest and appearing overly interested. I am... More 

Sandbach, United Kingdom
2 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2014

On arrival at Thornton Lodge we were welcomed like long lost friends, Vanessa is a very special lady and her love of this house shines through. We have stayed in many hotels over the years but we can honestly say we have never had a nicer room. It was huge, beautiful, and had everything you could wish for and looked... More 

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Bradford, United Kingdom
19 reviews 19 reviews
5 hotel reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2014

Another relaxing break at Thornton Lodge. From the moment you arrive Vanessa cannot do enough for you from taking photo's of my special surprise, to booking our evening meal at a locally recommended hostelry. The room was dual aspect giving wonderful views of the Dales whilst laying in the antique four poster bed, a real treat. Thank you again Vanessa... More 

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Stockton-on-Tees, United Kingdom
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27 reviews 27 reviews
13 hotel reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2014

Hubbie and I stayed at Thornton Lodge for one night and we really enjoyed our stay. It's very rural and surrounded by stunning countryside, more remote than we usually go for, but really loved it...it's not often we stay somewhere that has a peacock wandering the grounds. Our room was lovely, the bed was so comfortable I could have stayed... More 

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