Mount House Terrington

If you’re planning a tour around the Howardian Hills, taking in Castle Howard and one or two other stately piles, look no further, the Mount House is the place to stay.

Terrington is a typical estate village, with a broad main street lined with houses each side and wide grass verges; Kathryn and Nick are your gracious hosts at The Mount House, and to be honest you won't find a better welcome.

Theirs is a lovely, light, airy house full of interest; Kathryn’s ‘arty eye’ coupled with family ephemera gathered over 30 years makes for a very comfortable, homely space, at the same time it’s tasteful and stylish – check out the ultra-chic contemporary kitchen! Although the house was built in the 30’s, it feels older, with features like fireplaces that could easily have been built into a Georgian house. But the oak floors that run right through the ground floor serve to increase the sense of openness and space that characterises the interior. Pleasing things to look at abound; flowers, books, paintings, posters, photographs, lovely old furniture.

The ground floor’s open plan, with lots of light, and the views from all sides are lovely. The dining room is slightly more traditional, with glowing oak furniture, old prints and antiques scattered around, whilst the sitting room has an interesting contemporary twist; big splashy pieces of artwork on the smooth cream walls and a sexy black & white photo of Brigitte Bardot in the kitchen. Both sitting room and dining room have open fires, and there are books everywhere, plus glossy mags and local interest stuff.

This is a great house to bring (well-behaved) kids or elderly parents; a lovely twin room (with white cast iron beds) on the ground floor has an en suite shower room, and its own sitting room complete with open fire and a full book case, and pleasing views over the village. The whole thing feels like home from home (but in my case, much nicer). These rooms are cheery, calm, light and comfy, full of interesting antiques and pictures (and Kathryn’s delish home made shortbread!)

The charming first floor double has a very comfy bed, azure blue linen curtains and there are a couple of nice pieces of antique furniture, including a tall oak chest of drawers which the little flat screen telly sits on. There’s a fluffy white robe for your use, fresh flowers and vintage crockery on the tea tray. Propped up on the bed looking out of the window over the village rooftops to the hills beyond is lovely! The en suite is uber-contemporary – quite a surprise after the more traditional bedrooms – a seriously stylish place to spend time.

Kathryn’s interests are art, food and people (not necessarily in that order) which gives you a clue what sort of time you’re going to have here.

 How Much? From £90

 Kid’s stuff? By arrangement

 Well Placed? Castle Howard is a must-see and just three miles down the road. Newburgh Priory is ten miles, a beautiful stately home standing on the site of an Augustinian priory with views to the Kilburn White Horse, a walled garden, a water garden, topiary and woodland walks. Shandy Hall in Coxwold was the home of Laurence Sterne, and he wrote many of his greatest works here, including Tristram Shandy. The lovely house and garden are open to the public. Yorkshire Lavender next door the Mount House is also well worth a visit.

Walks-wise, Terrington is on the Ebor Way and the Centurion Way. Helmsley, Malton and Pickering are all a short drive.

 Good Grub? Kathryn is a trained chef, and her passion is food, so you’ll be spoiled at table – she takes every culinary requirement in her stride. If you’d like to take a drive, push the boat out at the  Star at Harome or unwind in style at the Durham Ox at Crayke. The Bay Tree at Stillington has an interesting menu and a Scandinavian feel and our top tip for a hidden gem is The Grapes at Great Habton – a traditional pub with a very talented young chef in the kitchen.

Mount House

Terrington, North Yorkshire, YO60 6QB 

Tel 01653 648206

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Type: B&B

Part of Stay North Yorkshire

Review by Mandy, 15 November 2011

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