We have just spent a lovely weekend with David and Ann at Hartforth Hall. At check-in Ann was efficient and straightforward, showed us round the public rooms told us a little of the history of the House and then took us to our beautiful room, number 2, Byron's Room. It was huge and had all the comforts you need, well heated, lovely views, comfy bed and a good sized bathroom with piping hot water at all times.
Food was fine, we ate there the first night and although it wasn't top end it was certainly perfectly acceptable. Breakfast was first rate especially on Sunday morning, the bacon was delish and so was the combed honey - a lovely touch.The Wedgewood room where meals are served is charming and has lovely views..
The views generally were magnificent and the setting idyllic, quiet and peaceful yet just a few minutes from the A66. Well placed for Richmond, Barnard Castle and Reeth, all delightful places, it really was an ideal venue for a relaxing weekend.
I am ashamed to say this was our very first trip to Yorkshire but we will certainly return, it was dry, sunny and bitterly cold. I know the Weather is something that should never colour your opinions or impressions (and is totally irrelevant to a review) but living in the very wet and miserable west of Scotland rather encourages it!!
If I had any criticism (and I'd rather call them sensible ideas) I'd suggest larger, fluffier towels in the bathroom, and quality toiletries. OH thought how nice it would be if the coal fire could be lit in the bedroom, but I think that is going too far.
Having read earlier reviews I didn't know what to expect of David and Ann but we found them totally charming and very warm. When we were leaving on Monday OH raved about the honey and Ann insisted on giving us a jar, as a gift. That was such a nice touch we thought, very kind.
I'd like to think we shall return in the Spring when the horses are back from the farm.......
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