“Laid-back, art-filled B&B with sweeping views over the beautiful Yorkshire Dales”
There are 7 rooms, whose quirky names are inspired by the art on their walls. All are gorgeous. You can expect well-dressed kingsize or double beds with graphic cushions, plenty of clothes storage, drenching rainshowers (and perhaps a gorgeous free-standing tub, too), robes, and aromatic Neal’s Yard toiletries. Fresh milk is left outside your room each morning for tea and coffee.
We stayed in first-floor Love Birds and totally coveted the red chaise longue and the giant bed, in which we slept brilliantly. We’re pretty sure you could host a party in the bathroom's walk-in shower. Badger has the best tub-with-a-view (overlooked by the namesake beast in a gas mask!), and we loved the blue-grey walls and exposed beams of attic room Cowboy Balance, where light pours in through big velux windows. If four-posters are your thing then choose Kes. Since our visit, ground-floor Love is Blind has also been added - beautiful views, though it is located next door to the bar.
A delicious breakfast is served in the light-filled dining room between 9-10am. Help yourself to home-baked bread and homemade granola with creamy yoghurt while you ponder which cooked items you fancy. We opted for the full whammy of eggs on toast, tomato, mushrooms, black pudding, crispy bacon and seriously tasty sausages, all made to order by foodie Phil. As much as possible is sourced locally and we even saw the butcher delivering the sausages the previous afternoon.
No other meals are available at Stow House, but there's an inn that serves good pub grub a couple of minutes’ walk away, and a choice of restaurants if you're happy to drive (the owners can advise). Ask Sarah to mix you a pre- or -post dinner cocktail; she has a real talent for it.
Children are warmly welcomed and the Yorkshire Dales make a great playground for all ages. However, this is a converted house rather than a purpose-built hotel so noise does travel, and there's a lot of beautiful art and ornaments around for little hands to grab.
Babies (0-1 years), Children (4-12 years), Teens (over 12)
A rollaway bed or baby cot can be added to Like Wow Man, Love Birds and Shotgun Clare. Cowboy Balance is the best room for a family of 4 - it has a kingsize bed, a single daybed and can also fit a rollaway bed or baby cot.
Bring your own monitor. We had perfect reception from Love Birds on the first floor down to the sitting room below
A high chair and baby cot
Remember baby and child equipment may be limited or need pre-booking
A huge garden, with a croquet lawn
The pipes to the free-standing tubs obviously get very hot; there are lots of ornaments around for little people to grab/knock over; the garden is really big but not totally fenced off; and the house is next to the main road so you’d need to keep an eye on smaller children