If you're breaking your C2C walk at Clay Bank Top then you're a bit short of options for places to stay and you may well end up in Great Broughton.
Note that the hotel were very nice and cheerful about offering us lifts to and from the walk. If like us you decline the lift please don't make the mistake of walking down the rather horribly busy road - you can do much better on public footpaths with a bit of map ingenuity and a tolerant attitude towards slightly overgrown paths.
The building feels a bit like it's grown too large for its origins. The main building is old and rather lovely but the hotel has expanded in a way that feels both rather corporate and very tired, and not really in keeping with its lovely location. Our room reminded me a little of military accommodation albeit in an upmarket way (like an officers' mess); we found it very unatmospheric and the lighting unattractive. The place was warm, and the staff were friendly and mostly efficient. The dining room is quite nice (it's in the old part of the building) and the food was OK but not memorable. I was a bit surprised that my bringing the waiter's attention to a soaking wet seat had no apparent effect since it hadn't been dealt with in any way before we left. Nice beer!
Please don't get me wrong - this is NOT a horrible hotel: it is perfectly comfortable and worked well for our one-night C2C stay, and it has nice staff. I wouldn't rush back there or, more realistically, if I did I would enquire carefully about the nature of my room. I'd so love more atmosphere and character.
Please note that my wife wants to rate it 2 but it's my account so it gets 3!
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- Also Known As:
- Wainstones Hotel Middlesbrough
- Wainstones Hotel Great Broughton, North Yorkshire