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“Laid Back in Swaledale”
4 of 5 bubbles Review of Rowleth End

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Rowleth End
Ranked #4 of 4 Low Row B&B and Inns
Wakefield, United Kingdom
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4 reviews
4 hotel reviews
“Laid Back in Swaledale”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 5, 2012

This was a stay with a subtle difference. If you feel B and B has become a little too corporate then treat yourself to a stay at Rowleth End. To begin with you have to venture a long way up the valley, well beyond Richmond and Reeth but it is a journey well worth taking. The house has tremendous character with views across the valley which you'd like to wrap up and take home with you and then the ambience is added to by Roger, the host's, generous personal touches. Need to use the internet? Make phone calls? Borrow a reading book? Help yourself. I do hope this spirit isn't abused. I haven't mentioned the comfortable rooms or the thoroughly enjoyable meals yet but I will squeeze in a mention for the Wensleydale brewery Poacher in the bar: draught bitter at it's best. Coupled with open fires it's a seductive combination. We'll be back.

Room Tip: Room two was very quiet and comfortable. The en-suite had a spacious shower cubicle although the sin...
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 26, 2012

Booked at 7pm the night before and arrived at 2.30am. Roger the owner told us he would be in bed at this time but told us how we could still get in and get to our room. The room we were given was the Edward Elgar suite at the right hand end of the house. The room was lovely and the bed comfortable after a long journey. The windows of the room face the dales both rear and to the side of the room and the view is wonderful of the River Swale and the Dales beyond. Roger greeted us in the morning and showed us to the breakfast room. That's when I discovered a Piano and as there were no guests at breakfast took the opportunity to play. Roger came into the room and I thought he would be upset BUT to the contrary he asked if the piece I was playing was Brahms I told him no it was part of Rachmaninovs piano concerto No2.... I had to laugh when he said " I thought so"....Breakfast was lovely, well presented and plentiful and Roger was attentive and helpful throughout without being intrusive. The website for the ROWLETH states it is, quote " Quirky " unquote and yes it is but how refreshing we found this with the art deco the books the slightly over the top bar area etc etc but it all fitted. We WILL be going back for longer to see what other Quirks we can uncover.LOVED IT.

Room Tip: The Edward Elgar room has panoramic views from side and rear. The en-suite is compact but it has al...
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Leeds, England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 16, 2012

My fiancee and I have just come back from a one night country getaway at Rowleth End. All I can say is, please don't pay heed to the slightly negative aspects of some prior reviews. Yes, if you're expecting a modern, swish and minimalist environment with all the things a large corporatation can provide - good and bad - you may be in for a shock. But in this age of impersonal, hurried service, I'm pleased to say Rowleth End delivers everything it promises: an amazing setting for a stunning property full of character and idyllic charm (just like the owner)! Roger made our stay extremely comfortable with his hospitality. Taking his dog Buster for a walk down the river made for a most enjoyable afternoon, tea at The Bridge in Grinton, as recommended on Rowleth End's website, was fantastic and we followed this up with a few drinks from the Rowleth End bar and a couple of board games by the welcoming fire in the drawing room. Roger's breakfast in the morning left us wanting for nothing. We upgraded to the luxuy suite, which was clean, tidy and perfectly in line with expectations. The jacuzzi bath and multi-jet shower provide a nice luxury touch. The large bed was extremely comfortable with an amazing view up the hill towards Askrigg to wake up to. Overall, I get the feeling the nothing is too much trouble for Roger and we can't wait for our next stay, where we will hopefully fit in more than just one night!

Room Tip: Go for the luxury suite if you can, but we saw a couple of the other rooms through doorways and all...
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East Yorkshire
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 14, 2012

This was our second visit to Rowleth End and was every bit as enjoyable as the first. We were warmly welcomed by Roger who entertained us and the other guests throughout our stay and was the perfect host. We loved the 1920s Art Deco appearance and our room was spotlessly clean and very comfortable. The food however was the highlight of the weekend. Roger excels in the kitchen and provided us with a four course meal on both nights of an excellent standard. We also had the opportunity to meet the other guests at dinner and breakfast all of whom seemed to be enjoying their stay as much as we did. We hope to return to Swaledale and enjoy the experience again.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
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UK
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 30, 2012

My wife and I stayed at Rowleth End for two nights, this B&B has some great potential to be a superb B&B, this quirky B&B is in a beautiful building in a beautiful location run by the owner manager Roger. A very friendly host runs this B&B with the assistance of two unpaid foreign students. In exchange for carrying out a set number of hours labour each week they receive food and lodgings in return, this suit all parties amicably and is a great idea. However, it is the guests who see the down side of this arrangement, the students who realise the arrangement is short term do not pay sufficient attention to the hygiene of the bedrooms, bathrooms and dining area.
Note all the bedrooms do not have en-suite bathrooms, some of the bathrooms are entered by crossing the landing. The bathroom we were allocated was one of these, we found the bathroom to be poorly cleaned, a lot of mould around the bath and shower cabinet. The shower plug hole was blocked with a solid plug of hair, I'll leave that to your imagination! This was easily identified by the lack of water draining from the shower, also we found a lot of dirt around the bathroom sink.
The bedrooms are a lot smaller than the website photographs indicate and are somewhat dated and in need of a bit of decorating.
The dining room is somewhat cluttered with items that should be stored in cupboards, things such as cutlery, table napkins are stored on the window sill.
Roger does all the cooking and the food is of a very good quality, his appearance as a host and cook needs some attending to, he dresses like a road worker, with his trouser someway short of the required height hence a little 'show' of what can be termed butt cleavage, which is off putting and embarrassing. We arrived at 8.00pm while he was serving other guest dinner, wearing a pink t-shirt complete with sweat stains. the following morning he appeared in the same clothes serving breakfast.
We found Roger to be a friendly, eccentric character. As one of the other guests stated 'this B&B is in dire need of a good woman, I can only agree.

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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Hobart, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 7, 2012

Stayed only one night unfortunately - will definitely return for longer. Host and chef Roger has created an outstanding experience for travellers. Room and facilities were exemplary. There was nothing that was not provided. The bar and guest facilities paled to the silver service evening meal and buffet breakfast. Our stay with Roger on the Coast to Coast Walk is definitely a highlight.
As far as we are concerned everything was five star, and our thanks to Roger for an unforgettable stay.

Room Tip: Double ensuite - room 1
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
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UK
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 6, 2012

We were travelling across the Dales in all it's beauty looking for somewhere to stay the night and came across this tucked back house. The interesting owner, in bare feet, gave us a tour of the house and we decided to stay. Art deco rooms, a bar, gorgeous views, sheep and hens and bunnies in the garden and a chance to walk along the beautifully serene river. We could have borrowed fishing rods or all manner of things to help our stay. Only drawback was they weren't serving dinner that night so we had to go out, but good pubs nearby. Breakfast was excellent with crisp croissant, home made jams, local sausage etc. Very relaxed atmosphere but clean and comfortable rooms with nice toiletries and good cotton sheets. Will try and get back there.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Property: Rowleth End
Address: | Gunnerside, Low Row, Yorkshire Dales National Park DL11 6PY, England
Location: United Kingdom > England > Yorkshire > North Yorkshire > Yorkshire Dales National Park > Low Row
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 4 B&Bs / Inns in Low Row
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Are you weary of stress and hectic living, and need to breathe new energy into body and soul? Then Rowleth End is for you. Hospitality at its best; on weekends, more a house party than a hotel or guest house. Its five guest bedrooms are individually styled with quality beds and period furniture. The evening menus feature the very best of local produce. Log fires; local real ales at the bar. Relax in style and comfort, yet with plenty of informality. ... more   less 
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Rowleth End UK/Low Row, Yorkshire

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