“Romantic rooms and a destination restaurant on a tranquil country estate near the Yorkshire Dales; ideal for restorative weekend breaks”
The rooms are dotted around the Lodge’s outbuildings: 3 up a stone staircase in the old hayloft, one in the tack room, some in a single-storey building behind the main block, and 5 in the farmhouse across the lawn. All are generous in size and restrained in décor, with neutral walls and coffee-hued carpets offset by honeyed rafters. Cushions and throws add splashes of country colour - autumn gold, turquoise, bottle green - and the overall balance is uncluttered yet inviting.
The 5 Garden Rooms have a crisp feel, with modern oak furniture and pretty patios (though no view). The Hayloft Rooms have a little more character - perhaps a marble washstand beneath a sloping ceiling, or a quirky round window looking out over the grounds to the hills beyond. The Farmhouse Rooms are almost Provençal in style, with contemporary four-posters, elegant striped headboards or whitewashed furniture, plus parkland views in most; if you're booking them as a self-catering rental, you also get a lounge with an open fireplace. The Tack Room is the largest and its blue-and-white New England style, wood-burning stove and huge bathroom are worth the extra money.
All rooms have walk-in rainshowers, and most also come with indulgent roll-top tubs (sometimes in the bedroom).
The restaurant is worth a visit for the atmosphere alone. Housed in the former stables, it somehow manages to be relaxed, smart, spacious and intimate all at the same time. The open beams and exposed brickwork make a soaring backdrop for rustic tongue-and-groove panelling and mis-matched tables, poshed up with slate floors and sparkling green glassware.
The food is just as good: modern British with fun tweaks and plenty of local ingredients (Swaledale lamb, game from the moors, wild garlic from the estate). I opted for silky-soft roast cod with potato risotto; other choices might include corn-fed chicken with asparagus and Ribblesdale goats’ cheese. Puddings are rich and delicious (my vanilla pannacotta with rhubarb, apple and ginger hit the spot), and there are interesting vegetarian options such as barbecued leeks with smoked mayonnaise.
For lunch (served in the courtyard if you wish), there’s a mix of dishes from light salads to heartier fish and chips. Breakfast is a selection of classics (eggs Benedict, the Full English), and afternoon tea is also available.
If you're booking the farmhouse as a rental, you get a full kitchen with a range cooker, plus a dining table seating 12. A private chef can be arranged if you're celebrating something special or just fancy a night off cooking.
Although the hotel is geared more towards couples, children are welcome. There’s a box of games and toys, and the large lawn can be used for boules and croquet (equipment provided). Older kids will enjoy the tennis courts, bicycles and clay-pigeon shooting, too.
Babies (0-1 years), Toddlers (1-4 years), Children (4-12 years)
Baby cots (free) and rollaway beds (extra charge) can be added to the Garden Rooms and the Tack Room. Taking the whole farmhouse as a rental is a good option for large families as it sleeps up to 10, though note that all rooms are doubles (no twins).
Can be arranged on request.
Remember baby and child equipment may be limited or need pre-booking
Children are welcome in the restaurant (there’s a kids' menu with the likes of fish and chips, pasta, chicken goujons and ice cream), though they’re encouraged to eat early.