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The Blacksmiths Hartoft
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Reviewed July 4, 2012

Every year we get together with four other couples and have stayed in many places all over the country. This year we stayed at the Blacksmiths Country Inn. We took all the garden rooms and the newly refurbished room 14. All rooms were excellent, clean, large and comfortable. It was lovely to be able to walk out onto the garden. On the Friday evening we had organised a tour around the micro brewery at Cropton we needed taxis to get us there as we would be having a drink, as there was a concert in Dalby Forest no taxis were available so Howard the landlord took us there himself, it took him 3 runs and he picked us all up again. That is what I call service. He would not accept anything for this so we gave his staff a tip. The restaurant meal on Saturday was excellent all 10 meals. The staff are very friendly and nothing seemed too much trouble for them. A great weekend lovely location brilliant place to stay we would certainly stay again.

Room Tip: garden rooms are quiet. They are away from the main hotel. Room 19 (garden room) is twin bedded.
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  • Stayed: June 2012, traveled with friends
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1  Thank touring c
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Reviewed June 24, 2012

2 night break in standard double room. Room was comfortable, very clean and had basics you would expect. Breakfast amazing.
Evening food was excellent having eaten both bar meal and restaurant meal. Couldn't fault the quality and service.
Can't understand trip advisor review about the attitude of the host in one persons experience as we found the host and the staff extremely friendly and helpful.
Could strongly recommend!

  • Stayed: June 2012, traveled with family
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1  Thank Hannah W
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Reviewed May 30, 2012

Stayed at this Inn for just 1 night. Beautiful setting in the north York moors. Had a garden room.
Very spacious and nicely furnished. Excellent breakfast. Ate in the restaurant in the evening. Food good and nicely presented.

Room Tip: Room 19 is a garden room with lovely outlook.
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  • Stayed: May 2012, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank uktravellingwoman
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Reviewed May 22, 2012

We stopped here for a light lunch only so cannot comment on the evening menu or the rooms. The lunch menu was more interesting than some others in the area, but not exceptional. My sandwich was made from very uninspiring sliced bread, but my husbands salmon dish was nicely sauced. The choice of wine other than by the bottle is limited.

  • Stayed: May 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed April 10, 2012

We had booked a 4 night stay as part of our break to Yorkshire. We left York on the Wednesday morning and after visiting Castle Howard, we headed for the Blacksmiths.
It had been fairly wild the night before and we could see the snow on the distant hills. As we drove higher up the valley, the drifts at the side of the road got deeper. Parking was no problem and we headed for reception, which we found - in darkness.
The owner, Howard, greeted us and apologised for the lack of electricity - it had been off since 23:00 the night before - but he was hoping it would be back on soon. He had telephoned us that morning but we had not picked up the message. Undaunted we checked in (Dunkirk spirit and all that). The room was very clean and had all that you would need (apart from electric light and hot water). The garden rooms, I have gathered, would have been larger but we were happy with room 10. it was over bar - the main source of heat.
That evening we chose from the menu by firelight in the bar, the draught ales were of a high quality and the staff jovial, helpful and professional despite the circumstances. Once called through to the restaurant our enjoyment continued. The meal was of a very high standard for a modest outlay. Returning to the bar afterwards, we spent a hilarious evening by the fireside in the company of a party from Hull - celebrating the birthday of one of their brethren.
Finally retiring to bed, we were equipped with candles by the aforementioned jovial staff, and headed upstairs. Quickly diving under the duvet, which staunchly rebuffed the cold, for a snug night's sleep.
The breakfast matched the quality of the evening meal, and the atmosphere continued in the same jolly vane. After filling our stomachs we set out for a days walking, with Howard saying he had a god feeling that the power would return by nightfall.
Howard's optimism was unfounded, the Blacksmiths was still dark on our return. The party from Hull had been replaced by a party from Sunderland - another fine evening by the fire ensued.
Day 3 dawned, cold and still dark. The staff battled on and provided us with fine fare and hospitality. Howard had had word from the electric people that if the mains wasn't re-connected, then a generator would be supplied.....
Once again, after a days walking we returned to a dark Blacksmiths - with a generator - waiting to be wired in.... we ate by candlelight. Whilst relaxing by the fire, a strange glow appeared in the corner of the bar - the mythical electric lamp. Followed by a cheer from the restaurant - we had light - and the promise of hot water too - but that would take time.
And so we re-entered the modern world from a time before electric, television, computers and mobile phones. No distractions, a real getaway from it all experience, though unplanned, it was welcomed with open arms and enjoyed by the brave (or foolhardy - you choose).
With electric and hot water the atmosphere changed somewhat - not for the better, though not for the worse either - it just changed. The Blacksmiths continued to be a wonderful place to stay.

Could we stay here again ? Could we possibly recommend a place that kept us in the dark - quite literally.

Absolutely.

Just one thing Howard - the shower - it's too short, there's no curtain and nowhere to attach it to the wall..... it was only good enough to wash my hair.

  • Stayed: April 2012, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank David L
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Reviewed April 2, 2012

From the moment we stepped inside the Blacksmith Arms and was greeted by the lovely Howard we knew we were in for a treat. Howard showed myself and my Husband to our room (Garden room number 21), we could not believe our eyes, it was the most spacious room we have ever had the pleasure of staying in, very clean, sumptious with a wonderful welcoming aroma. A lovely selection of teas, coffees and chocolate was welcoming us with proper good quality cups and saucers, attention to detail was perfect. We had a spacious, stylish ensuite and a large T.V.

We could not resist dining here as the other tripadvisor reviews sounded so lovely and we were not disappointed. I had blackpudding with poached egg, followed by Venison which was cooked to perfection and a huge slice of Baileys and white chocolate cheesecake, sadly I could not manage all of this but was probably too full as we both also consumed a perfect choice of champagne, My husband also stated the Wold Gold guest bitter was probably the best he had sampled.

A mention has to be for the hardworking friendly staff, especially the lovely "Hannah" who was incredibly friendly and wonderful with ourselves and other diners, all the Staff are a credit to Howard!

I do consider myself a "foodie", it is one of lifes pleasures,, we were delighted with the quality of breakfast also,, once again everything was cooked to perfection,
We had the impression from start to finish that the aim of the Blacksmiths Arms was to make sure you went home totally happy with your stay and we will highly recommend this delightful retreat,, thank you so much,, two very happy customers

Room Tip: Book a garden room, a little more pricey but totally worth it. Spoil yourself :-)
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  • Stayed: April 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed April 2, 2012

We stayed in a garden room no 19 and was very surprised by the size of the room. Tea/coffee making facilities very good with a range of teas including fruit ones. We ate in the restaurant and the food was wonderful, could not fault any of the courses. Husband had the cheese board for desert and could not believe the size of it, there was enough for 2! We had a red house wine and we both enjoyed it. Breakfast was very tasty. Bed was comfortable. Shower in the morning could have done to be a little bit more powerful. Staff all very friendly. The Blacksmiths Country Inn is a great place to stay, very peaceful with lovely surroundings. Looking forward to returning in the near future.

  • Stayed: March 2012, traveled as a couple
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Additional Information about The Blacksmiths Hartoft

Address: Hartoft End, Pickering YO18 8EN, England
Location: United Kingdom > England > Yorkshire > North Yorkshire > Pickering
Amenities:
Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant
Hotel Style:
Ranked #9 of 29 Specialty Lodging in Pickering
Number of rooms: 16
Also Known As:
Blacksmiths Country Hotel Pickering
Country Inn Pickering
Pickering Country Inn
The Blacksmiths Hartoft Pickering, Yorkshire

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