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“Relaxing break in North Yorkshire”
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The Black Swan Inn
Ranked #1 of 1 Fearby B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed October 27, 2013

Three day break at the Black Swan. Very enjoyable staff and manager very welcoming and friendly appeared happy in their work rooms spacious food very good stunning views. Plenty to visit within easy driving distance. Atmosphere in pub very friendly the regulars all happy to include you in their chat. All in all will visit again and happily recommend

Room Tip: For better views ask for. Top floor room
  • Stayed: October 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 24, 2013

We have had a 3 night stay here, had a upstairs room so could see lovely view for miles. The entry to the rooms is dreary very like a Travelodge,but our room was pleasant,it was large clean with good comfy bed. There was a good supply of coffee tea bags ect. The floor was all wood so a bedside mat would have been good. We paid extra for a upgraded room but speaking to some other guests we would not do that again as we seemed to have no different. The breakfast was really good , we had smoked haddock one morning and it was so tasty, all the ingredients used was first class. We ate in one evening, had the steak and ale pie,rather a letdown ,for £10-50 a real pie would have been nice instead it was a dish of tasty casseroled meal with a horrid puff pastry circle on top, this collapsed into a pile of crumbs as soon as a knife was put to it,a real letdown. That experience did not tempt us to eat in again, it is only a few miles to Masham with lots of places to eat. It is worth visiting the Black Swan for the breakfast alone.

Room Tip: upstairs for best views
  • Stayed: October 2013, traveled as a couple
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Thank lottie49
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Reviewed October 23, 2013

This was our third stay at The Black Swan and we will certainly be returning again and again. This is the best place to stay when we are visiting North Yorkshire. Sean the landlord is so very friendly and accommodating, Lucy who manages the accommodation is delightful and Sean the Chef is amazing in consistently producing food of such variety and high standard. We stayed during the Game Festival week and Sean's selection of game and the different dishes he produced were fantastic.
We always book a superior room which are incredibly spacious, have huge king size beds and are so very well equipped. Room and en suite were spotless as they have were on our two previous visits.
The Black Swan is a gem of a place to stay if you like walking as there are many circular walks that can be done from the Black Swan which is a bonus.
The Black Swan provides superb value for money especially if you stay on one of their special packages which include Dinner, B & B. If on a Dinner and B & B package you get a three course evening dinner and can select from the full menu with no additional surcharges for some of the more expensive meals such as Fillet Steak- incredible value for money.

Room Tip: Best superior rooms are numbers 5,6 & 7 on the first floor - views over countryside are best fro...
  • Stayed: October 2013, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank Maureen P
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Reviewed October 21, 2013

We stayed here whilst attending a wedding locally and it was I say in the title just "OK" I wouldnt stay again. We arrived at 1.15pm hoping to have a long leisurely lunch before check in at 3.00pm. We were told there was no chef until the evening even though they advertise lunches on Fridays. ...... We went into Masham for lunch and returned later after checking out the wedding venue ( I have done a seperate review for "Bivouac") where, I wish we had decided to stay.

We were shown to our room which was a superior/deluxe room ( the only one left when we booked so it was a case of take it or nothing) The Room was large and had a large comfy bed and large flat screen TV on the wall. The furniture was hotel type and functional . The en-suite was large with a spa bath but the shower screen was a bit grubby especially around the bottom. BUT it was a cold damp night and the heating was not on when we arrived so the room felt unwelcoming. We turned the thermostat up and waited and waited for it to warm up. In the end I went to the reception ( the bar) to be told it took at least 30 minutes to warm up. We were there 2 hours and it never did.The lady on reception said she would bring a heater to the room...it didnt materialise. We went to meet our friends and other wedding guests at the venue and returned to The Black Swan later when things in the room had warmed up ( obviously the heating had actually been turned on at the mains )

We slept Ok but the walls are v thin and we could hear every conversation in the next door room.

Next morning and Sunday morning the cooked breakfast was good lots of local produce and very well coooked.

All in all we felt our stay wasnt worth the £120 a night we were charged and the superior room had no added luxuries which we would expect at that price ..bottled water, fruit sweets etc.

I may seem to be hypercritical but we are in the hospitality business and I know what our guests would expect... and this wasnt it !

Room Tip: Didn't see any others but Room 9 is not worth £120 per night just for a jacuzzi !!
  • Stayed: October 2013, traveled as a couple
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Thank Carolinemaltas
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Reviewed October 18, 2013

Just had a three night stay here and we were very impressed. We had a superior room which was very comfortable and modern with a huge bed. The location is lovely, just a short drive outside Masham but with in easy reach of plenty of other places to visit. The views from our room were breathtaking, on a clear day you can see a very long way,up to 40 miles I believe.
We were booked in for B&B but we had dinner on the nights we stayed and the food was very good. My only tiny complaint was the Lemon Meringue pie which I had on the last evening was poor and should have stayed in the freezer. This was a shame because the standard of food was very good. I would highly recommend this for a visit and I am sure we will be back again.

Room Tip: Room 6 is a superior room with good views
  • Stayed: October 2013, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank Pauline R
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Reviewed October 17, 2013

Booked with a deal for 3 nights B+B. Had to pay an extra £60 on top of the £99 to upgrade because they didn't have the rooms available for the dates we wanted..However it was still great value for money!
Its out in the sticks along a windy road, but well worth the journey.
We were shown to our room by the landlord which was nice and better than being given the keys and sent on our way as usually happens.
The room was huge, lovely oak floors,underfloor heating-which we turned down as we found the room warm anyway.
The super-king size bed was very comfortable and the bedding high quality--as were all the fixtures and fittings in the room--so nice to have matching coathangers for a change--its the little touches that make it a special stay.
There were 2 comfy chairs and a table in the room as well as a a desk and chair .
A good assortment of tea/coffee,drinking chocolate and biscuits were replaced each day.
The view was lovely--yes there are some touring caravans parked below the pub but the view beyond them was just stunning.
The bathroom was lovely--one of the best showers we have had anywhere..loads of pressure and easy to adjust the temprature too..toiletries were supplied ,
The shower was over the bath,a non slip mat was supplied too.
The bath was quite big but filled really quickly and the towels were lovely-big and loads of them.
There was a box of tissues in the bathroom and the loo paper was a good quality one too!
The only small thing we could complain about was the light in the bathroom--could do with a better light over the mirror hubby said for a better shave..but I think that is the only niggle..
Internet is free for 30 mins a day or you can pay for 48 hours at £5 which isnt too bad--and its quite quick..used my Vodafone dongle the first night but it was a bit slow-but had a good Orange phone signal there.
Breakfast was lovely--one of the best we have had anywhere..the thick bacon was to die for--from the local butchers in Masham..breakfast was choice of cereal,yougurts, fruit.then cooked breakfast -2 slices bacon, 2 sausage,black pudding,mushrooms,tomatoes and a free range egg.brown and white toast with a choice of local jams..
Service was quick and the tables were cleared right away, no used plates left around--a nice touch were the salt and pepper grinders.
The collection of 'pot's' hanging from the ceiling in the pub was quirky!
Parking was right by the accomodation which is next to the pub--some rooms are upstairs and some downstairs.
I think its one of the quietest places we have ever stayed--didnt hear anything from the other rooms at all--and no sound from outside either-the curtains are really thick and lined so there was no light coming through them..
all in all one of the best places we have stayed..

Room Tip: we stayed in room 5 which was upstairs and had a good view..
  • Stayed: October 2013, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank dianejennings
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Reviewed October 12, 2013

My husband +myself have just returned from a 3 night b/b deal at the black swan, and have had a lovely break, even though I might need a hip replacement in the very near future from all the walking we did, the room we stayed in room 7 was really spacious, very comfortable, spotlessly clean , and the bed well ! It was that big that a whole family could have fit in ! The tea/coffe tray were well stocked every day,the underfloor heating was really welcomed as the weather was a little bit cold, the towels changed every day if u wanted you just put them in the bath, the view was over a caravan park but could also see the country side beyond that, Sean the manager was pleasant as after reading some earlier reviews was'nt sure what to expect, Lucy was very friendly, and I believe Lucy's husband is the chef, well the food was excellent and very reasonably priced, we ate in every night and had a few drinks in the bar that was very quiete but I think that was prob because of time of year, the breakfast was excellent with cerials, fruit juice, jams,ect, and a fantastic cooked breakfast the breakfast included ham ( delicious) egg ,mushrooms,tomatoe,sausages,black pudding, plus toast,tea or coffe, Sean gave me a map to walk cross country into masham that included going through fields full of sheep, and horses, anyway not being a very good navigator when we reached Swinton castle we should have turned left and down passed golf course, well we did'nt we went right and we walked,and walked,and walked, for miles I think in total we walked approx 4 +half hours before we eventually found our way into masham ! We went into the bay horse pub that had a log fire burning and had a very welcoming cup of coffe +a chat to the friendly landlady, needless to say we got a taxi back at a cost of £7, I must say we laughed so much and that added to a very pleasant break, we did the walk again the following day and did it in an hour+10 mins.so all that is left for me to say is thank you Sean,Lucy,+husband for a lovely break.

Room Tip: We did pay £30 extra to upgrade from a standard room,but the view was ok, and there was only the low...
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Address: Fearby | Nr Masham, Fearby, Masham HG4 4NF, England
Location: United Kingdom > England > Yorkshire > North Yorkshire > Masham > Fearby
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Parking Restaurant Room Service
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 B&Bs / Inns in Fearby
Price Range: $75 - $163 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — The Black Swan Inn 4*
Number of rooms: 12
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Welcome to the Black Swan Public House comfortably nestled in the Yorkshire Dales at Fearby Nr Masham. Our 17 century Public House offers a warm traditional welcome as you would expect in the Yorkshire Dales. Enjoying three continuous generations of the McCourt family our pub now provides guest accommodation accompanying our Ales and food, "An ideal base to explore the Yorkshire dales and beyond" The public bar and majority of rooms overlook the Burn valley with 40 mile views of the Vale of York and local moors. The Bar is well stocked with Black Sheep and guest ales with a host of supporting lagers, bottle beers and soft drinks. Home-cooked bar meals are served during lunchtime and our bistro is open every evening. ... more   less 
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