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Braithwaite Hall
5.0 of 5 Guest house   |   East Witton | Leyburn, East Witton DL8 4SY, England   |  
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Ranked #1 of 3 East Witton B&B and Inns
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13 hotel reviews
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43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
“Outstanding, magical place”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2013

A stunning Jacobean National Trust property run by the third generation of the same family. Outstanding hosts are Vicky, a keen rider and Charlie, who farms the land round Braithwaite. It is set in one of the most beautiful and peaceful locations in North Yorkshire, with spectacular views of hills and Dales and peacefully grazing sheep, with a moor rising gently behind the house. The house and garden are beautifully kept in a style very sympathetic to the history and feel of the building.

Rooms are very large and pleasantly decorated. There are very generous tea and coffee making facilities - Emma Bridgewater mugs and jugs, fresh milk on request and an excellent variety of tea and coffee, with some nice biscuits thrown in. A good television in every room and a Wifi code (free) available on request although not all rooms get reception. Due to the layout of this ancient and beautiful house, not all rooms have large modern baths or showers but they are all immaculately clean with fluffy white towels and nice soaps. We have stayed in all the rooms over the years - the Four Poster room is magnificent, with stunning views.

Vicky cooks an excellent and very generous breakfast at whatever time you request and could not be more helpful about providing information about local sites and restaurants.

Nearest towns are East Witton, where you can eat at the excellent if not inexpensive Blue Lion, or Middleham or Leyburn if you want to shop. There are excellent walks up hill or down dale.

We have stayed in many B&Bs in Yorkshire, all of very high quality but magical and beautiful Braithwaite Hall is the best.

Room Tip: All lovely but the Four Poster is a great treat.
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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2013 via mobile

I am honestly say that this is the only place I have ever stayed in that exceeded all expectations. Me and my boyfriend stayed in the four poster room for a night, the room was impressive to say the least. The views are amazing, it's so peaceful listening to nothing but the birds tweet and the sheep bah from the window. There were even binoculars in the room. Beig a clean freak i always check how clean everywhere i stay is, i can honestly say the cleanliness was perfect. Every nook and cranny was covered!
Vicki was truly delightful, she's one of the kindest people we have met going above and beyond to meet every requirement. Her and her husband made us so welcome. We will definitely be going back for a longer stay.

  • Stayed July 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Kent UK
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2012

Stayed just one night whilst touring North of England and Scotland. Beautiful room with a very comfortable bed and the nice touch of chocolates and port. Vicky made us so welcome, the breakfast was perfectly cooked and nothing seemed too much trouble. We would love to come back and stay longer as we really didn't get enough time to explore the surrounding countryside which is stunning. Thank you Vicky!

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Derby, United Kingdom
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49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2012

I visited here with family to look at the house. We have ancestors that worked there so wanted to get a feel for the house and surroundings. There are only two rooms and the staircase on view but it is only £1 charge to visit for none national trust members. It was great to see the original oak staircase and the hall and lounge area. It is worth a visit for the oak staircase alone.
Not stayed here but it is on the agenda to stay for a couple of nights sometime in the near future.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Darlington, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2012

We had a 2 night stay here a couple of weeks ago in the superior double room, we were greated warmly by vicky who made us very welcome in her beautiful home. The breakfast was fantastic with a choice of cereals, fresh fruit and yogurts with the full english to follow it was spot on . Will definatly return again , superb value for money beautiful surrounding and good walks.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Surrey
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2011

We stayed 3 nights in this ancient National Trust house which is only open by appointment with the tenants who run a B&B business as well as a farm and a self catering apartment and gave us a warm welcome. Our room although billed as a standard double was enormous with sloping floors and small ensuite shower room added in the corner. It was carefully furnished to match the age of the house although there were no drawers other than two thin ones on the dressing table. A small box of locally made chocolates was a nice touch on the tea tray. The robes were rather old and nylon but I had not expected them in a B&B. We could watch the sheep grazing on the hillside from our bed. We had a good breakfast in a panelled dining room along with the other guests. Eggs straight from the hens outside and fresh fruit were excellent. Unless we walked the 1.8 miles each way into East Witton for the superb but expensive meals at the Blue Lion, driving was essential to get an evening meal. We had a huge good value meal at the Cover Bridge Inn a few miles away.

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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NORWICH, NORFOLK
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2010

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.

  • Stayed April 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: East Witton | Leyburn, East Witton DL8 4SY, England
Location: United Kingdom > England > Yorkshire > North Yorkshire > East Witton
Amenities:
Free Parking
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 3 B&Bs / Inns in East Witton
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:5 star — Braithwaite Hall 5*
Number of rooms: 3
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Luxury Bed & Breakfast in a 17c Country house on a working hill farm in the picturesque Coverdale, One and half miles outside of East Witton. A spectacular Oak paneled King size four poster bedroom, also superior double bedroom both en-suite with surrounding views,twin room with private bathroom also available.Ideally located for touring the dales or quiet weekend trips. ... more   less 
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