We stayed at the Stone House hotel for a couple of nights in August 2012 and cannot praise this hotel highly enough.
The Stone House is a small hotel bursting with charm. It is set in a peaceful location just outside of Hawes but within easy walking distance of the centre of the village (about a 15-minute walk). There is no traffic noise at all but the hotel does not feel remote as the village is just down the lane (no pavement for part of route). It's in an ideal location for walkers as footpaths are on the doorstep.
High quality food:
The food at the hotel really is fantastic. They serve high quality produce, cooked well and presented beautifully. I enjoyed every meal I had. The dining room is decorated in a warm farmhouse style in keeping with the age of the property, which makes for a cosy and relaxing atmosphere. Each bedroom has an assigned table at breakfast and the food is brought to you by the waiting staff. You are never hurried at mealtimes.
The two lounges and one snooker room are tastefully decorated with heavy furnishings, antique objects and lots of armchairs. You can sit and read in peace or play snooker.
Small-ish standard rooms:
Some guests have complained about the small size of the standard rooms and this is true. We had a standard room (with bath) on the first floor. The room was a little on the small side but it was warm, clean and had views over the garden and dales. Do not equate "small" with "pokey" as the rooms are very welcoming and pleasant. Nonetheless, if you are planning to spend a lot of time in your room it may be best to opt for a superior or conservatory room as these have more space. However, for us the smallish size of the room did not matter as we were out walking most of the day and the the public rooms of the hotel are so inviting.
The best service:
What impressed me most about the hotel is the way it is run -- it is very 'personal' in the best sense. We found the proprietor and his staff very polite, professional and approachable. The proprietor was always around to answer questions and give recommendations and had a genuine, sincere and relaxed manner. That is one of the main reasons I would recommend this hotel: the service is considerate, personal and never pushy. A welcome change from the service in most other hotels I have stayed in.
There is free car-parking for all guests, just drive up and park -- no formalities.
Better than neighbouring Simonstone Hotel:
Before deciding to book a room at the Stone House we also visited Simonstone Hotel just up the road to compare the two. We visited one of their standard rooms and the public rooms downstairs. The Simonstone caters for conferences and weddings and other functions with large numbers of people; it therefore completely lacks the charm and personal touch of the much smaller Stone House Hotel.
Amenities the Stone House lacks:
There is no swimming pool or gym. However, there is a book and DVD library, any of which you can borrow free of charge.
Nice quirks at the Stone House:
There is a small fridge housed in an old cabinet on the first floor where a bottle of fresh milk is always stored for guests to help themselves at any time of day (no UHT here).
Overall, a charming hotel with excellent food and service, in a peaceful location.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Stone House is a classic Edwardian country house hotel and restaurant overlooking the market town of Hawes deep in the heart of the Yorkshire Dales National Park. With 24 quality en-suite bedrooms, delicious food, oak paneled lounges with log-fires, library with billiard table,and a dream location, Stone House is the perfect location for a relaxing break in the Dales. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Stone Hotel Hawes
- Stone House Hotel Hawes, Yorkshire