We stayed in the Hall's four-poster room for three nights. Our first impression of our host Vicky was very good. She was very friendly, helpful, down to earth and made us feel at home from the start. Our first impression of the Hall and our bedroom in particular was ‘Wow!!’ The property is a National Trust property and our hosts are tenant farmers and as such the Hall retains many original features. We felt very privileged to be staying in such a place for what we considered to be such a reasonable price.
The bedroom has a great view and faces north overlooking the farmland and Dales. In the morning you can see racehorses training and the owner provides binoculars in the bedroom so that you can better appreciate the wildlife and view etc. The bedroom is very large, and the walls are decorated with 17th century wood panelling. There is an original small stone fireplace, three chairs are provided in three corners of the bedroom. The floor seems to be the original flooring and is dark wood and sloping, which you would expect from such an old house. A huge Chinese rug covers most of this floor. The four-poster bed is 18th Century. There is plenty of sympathetic lighting in the room including wall lights and table lamps but the room is still fairly dark but retains a cosy historical feel. The room is very clean.
A free view television is provided in the bedroom, with tea and coffee making facilities are provided including usual sachets of coffee and teabags but some speciality teas were also included. ‘Kit Kat’ chocolate biscuits were provided daily, which was a nice touch. The owner provides a book in the room with usual information including places to eat and visit locally. In addition magazines were provided in the room as well a local tourist literature. There is a small private shower room and toilet attached to the room.
We were asked when we would like breakfast and were served breakfast in a lovely dining room set aside for bed and breakfast guests. We were able to serve ourselves with breakfast cereals, yoghurt, and fresh fruit. On our first day fresh raspberries and blueberries were provided. On the following two days we were provided with blueberries. This was a very nice touch. We were provided fresh home made toasted bread, together with home made preserves, and we had an excellent full English breakfast cooked by the owner every day. This included locally sourced bacon, sausages, black pudding, eggs (from the farm). I believe other alternative breakfasts were available but we had the full English breakfast every day, which was very filling.
The location was slightly out of the way but this was what we wanted. The nearest village is East Witton, which is about a mile away, and had one pub and restaurant called the Blue Lion. The nearest village with more amenities was Middleham, which was about five miles away. It had a number of shops and a number of restaurants. The one we tried twice was the White Swan, which we would recommend. It has a very good and reasonably priced two or three course ‘early bird menu’ if you were able to order before 7.30pm Sunday to Thursday. If you want to ‘push the boat out’ for your evening meal we would recommend ‘The Wensleydale Heifer’, in West Witton which is probably about 15-20 minute drive from the Hall. Their menu is mainly fish based but the food is excellent. If you can manage three courses (which we did not!) do not expect much change from £100 (for two people) for your food and drink here!
All in all we had an excellent stay, in a unique room, with an excellent friendly host, great service, and excellent breakfast. Our original very good first impression of our host and the Hall remained throughout our stay and will remain long in our memories. We would definitely like to return one day and would recommend it to anyone especially wanting a quiet romantic stay.
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