Shallowdale House Ampleforth

Fancy a night or two being utterly ruined by two of the nicest, most entertaining people on the planet? You could do worse than book into Shallowdale House, which unlike its name will bring you deep joy.

At first glance you might think you’ve made a mistake, given it’s not the most attractive example of a 1960’s house stuck on a hillside, but persevere and your rewards will be many. Phillip and Anton are a great double act, bringing home made goodies and pots of proper coffee, and are clearly (and rightly) so chuffed with the house it’s infectious.

Their style is classic/traditional with a whiff of the theatrical and one or two kitsch surprises like the Euro Saarinen Tulip chairs in the bedrooms, but they bring it together with such chutzpah you forgive them anything. The place is chocker with antiques, complicated flower arrangements, books, original oils on the walls, and heavily floral swags at vast windows that don’t detract from the jaw-dropping views over the Howardian Hills.

Phillip is a very good cook indeed, so don’t miss one of his delicious dinners, while Anton is famed for his home baking and afternoon teas as well as looking after things front-of-house. The garden goes on for ever and has loads of interest (quiet corners, wide sweeping footpaths) and a sun-drenched patio for a chilled pre-prandial. Very special indeed. MW

How much? £97.50 per room inc. breakfast

Kids Stuff? Children over 12

Well placed? Good for exploring the North York Moors, the Howardian Hills and beautiful Rievaulx Abbey and Castle Howard. York is 20 miles away, Helmsley 5 miles.

Good grub? Breakfast here will set you up for the day and Phillip's four course dinner will send you to bed happy. If you want to splash out there's the Star Inn at Harome the Pheasant or more modestly, the White Swan at Ampleforth


Shallowdale House

West End, Ampleforth, North Yorkshire, YO62 4DY

Tel 01439 788325

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Type: B&B

Part of Stay North Yorkshire

Review by Mandy, 17 July 2014

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