We decided to treat our close friends to a visit to the Yorkshire Dales for New Year, as we are huge fans of the area and thought it would be an interesting and different way to spend NYE. As we both had children we were looking for something basic that would allow us the flexibility of when and what to eat, without being stuck to a hotel routine. We searched for weeks, and eventually found vacancies at the Station Inn Bunk Barns - an ideal solution, as there was the option of the pub next door. At £10 per person, per night, you don't expect much other than the accommodation to be clean and dry - and it was neither. The mattresses were stained, the 'kitchen' area was filthy with a fridge that looked like it was on its last legs. In one of the rooms we were told there was a hob - only one ring worked. When it rained overnight the walls were wet due to the lack of lead flashing on the roof, one of the windows had a big crack in it and another was smashed - only covered by a board on one side making it dangerous to children. The paint of the doors was flaking off and there were big gaps around the edge of the door allowing the cold air in. In addition, we were told upon booking that the children would be welcome in the pub on NYE - but this couldn't have been further from the truth with obvious disdain being shown from the locals and comments made to our faces about 'not wanting more children' in the pub. Whilst the location is beautiful, and ideally placed for the 3 peaks I would rather sleep in my car than go back there.
Considering 6 of us shared a room, I have had motels in Australia and NZ for less than £60 per night that were considerably cleaner and better equipped than this place - not really an exact comparison, but I think it could have been made much nicer with a little effort and money.
- Also Known As:
- The Station Hotel Ingleton
- The Station Inn Ingleton, Yorkshire