Nidderdale, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty is arguably one of the most attractive parts of the Dales, and historic Scaife Hall Farm one of the loveliest places to stay.
Chris and Christine arrived 24 years ago as newly-weds and have been farming and home-making ever since. And that’s the feeling you get here – it’s like strolling into a neater, more comfortable home than you’ve left (with added stunning views across fields and moorland.)
You’ll get a proper, old fashioned Yorkshire-style welcome, i.e. cups of tea and a cheery hello from Christine, who’s relaxed and friendly with no side at all. There are two doubles and a twin, all with top quality cotton linen, bathrobes, freeview TVs and DVDs (though when you’ve got views like this, why would you?).
Downstairs, a cosy sitting room with open fire and loads of local literature and an elegant breakfast room. Ah. Breakfast. It’s worth noting that Christine’s breakfasts are legendary. Everything’s local. The eggs are from the farm, bacon, black pudding and sausages from the fabulous Weegman’s in Otley (or, depending on the time of year, from their own pigs) and the bees have been busy making heather honey for your toast. Good job there are outstanding walks from the door to work that lot off.
How much: From £37.50 pppn
Kids Stuff: They’re welcome. And during lambing season, why not get up at 4 in the morning and help Christine in the barn?
Well Placed: Fewston, Swinsty and Thruscross reservoirs are on the doorstep, and are well worth a walk round. If you need a town fix, Harrogate, Skipton and Ilkley are a hop away.
Good Grub: Mackenzies Smokehouse is a stroll up the lane, and worth it for a good cuppa or a full meal – they do surprisingly sophisticated good value lunches, and you can buy just about anything smoked to take home.
The Timble Inn is an elegant, comfortable pub serving good value, honest food. The Wellington at Darley is a proper old Dales pub; expect good local beer and fat sarnies.
Scaife Hall Farm, Hardisty Hill, Blubberhouses, West Yorkshire LS21 2PLTel 01943 880354
Part of Stay West Yorkshire
Review by Mandy, 12 November 2011blog comments powered by Disqus