Mallard Grange is a four room B&B located just outside of Ripon down a lane just beyond Fountains Abbey. It is a lovely B&B and has all the necessary amenities. Because we wanted good Internet service, our room was on the upper floor which was reached by a very narrow and twisting staircase. In fairness, Maggie warned us about the staircase and offered to have her son take our heavy suitcases to the room. We titled this review "it is all about Maggie" because she is one of the most outgoing, friendly and enthusiastic B&B owners we have ever met. Since we have been in over 50 different B&Bs over the years we have traveled, I think that says a lot. Maggie could not do more for us. She recommended restaurants and pubs, where to park, what to see. She gave us vouchers to save money on different venues. Breakfast is served family style and you really got to know everyone that was staying at the B&B. In our case, there were two Canadian couples and some South Africans and we had a wonderful time getting to know one another over breakfast. At the end of breakfast, Maggie usually sat down and joined us for a chat. Our room was cleaned while we were having breakfast. It was a fun and leisurely part of each day we stayed. The B&B is a bit quirky but that gives it the personality that it has. If you want to have a real "experience", do not miss Mallard Grange. You will leave knowing the family. It was a very personalized adventure.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Rambling 16th-century listed farmhouse in glorious countryside close to Fountains Abbey & Studley Royal World Heritage Site. Welcoming, relaxed, spacious and exceptionally comfortable. Four en suite double/twin guest rooms, two on the ground floor. Walk, tour or cycle in the stunning scenery of the Dales/Moors and be revived; visit historic houses, beautiful gardens, stop for tea and indulge in a Yorkshire Fat Rascal at Betty's and watch the world go by. ... more less
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