I discovered this lovely guest house as light was beginning to fade at the end of a steep climb up from Stanhope. The setting, at 1,500ft in the North Pennines, is magnificent if somewhat eerie - you feel that you are in the middle of nowhere. But any feelings of being alone are soon quashed once Terry and Lorraine appear and show you to your room. My room in the upstairs of the house was well appointed and comfortable - with stunning views of the moor. The shower-room was clean and the shower nice and warm - the only minus point was the push button timer for the shower and I always prefer a bath after a long day in the saddle.
I was impressed with the meal - roast beef with mash, veg and gravy - I'm quite fussy with meat and found the beef to be very high quality. Though I prefer draught beers there was ample selection of bottled ales and lagers on offer.
The comfortable bed and total silence of the moor allowed a very restful sleep and the view from my pillow allowed me to watch the sun rise from the east facing window - wonderful.
I ended my stay with a hearty breakfast of juice, tea, toast, cereal and full English.
Terry and Lorraine have created something truly impressive here from what was practically a ruin in 2000. I enjoyed their company immensely - including tales of the renovation and information on the area. I was sorry to leave and look forward to my next visit.
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