If you’re looking for a place to stay in York and don’t fancy being smack in the middle of town, Corner Farm, a peaceful B&B could well be the spot for you.
Low Catton is ten miles from the Minster, and just down the road is a Park and Drive, avoiding the hefty parking charges in the city. It’s a pretty, typical Vale of York village, with whitewashed, pantile-roofed houses either side of the quiet main road and the pub. And that’s it.
The charming 18th century farm sits back off the road; a wide gravel drive sweeps you round the back by the impressive American barn, and chances are you’ll be greeted by either Sharon or Tim, your smiley laid back hosts.
History lovers should know that the village was the site of the manorial home of King Harold (The Battle of Stamford Bridge was waged just down the road) and that there’s been a settlement on the farm site for over 1000 years – Tim found medieval pottery during the digging out of the apple orchard.
But inside, the arrangements are bang up to date. En suite bedrooms are light, airy and fresh, with cast iron beds, calm colours on the walls, Jane Churchill and Laura Ashley fabrics (Sharon’s a seamstress and has made all the roman blinds) and good quality white bedding with cute satin cushions. The bathrooms are contemporary, spotless, and complete with organic products and fat white towels.
Tim and Sharon are wedded to the idea of The Good Life, so breakfast is a real treat. Home pressed apple juice (it’s delicious, but you’ll never buy it from the supermarket again) is on the table, along with fresh fruit salad, eggs from their chickens, Whitby kippers on request and home made bread and scones.
Outside, at Corner Farm there are six acres of land, including grazing and an orchard; the barn has a Loden stable inside – so bring your horse - it’s a great place for riding out. Your canine chum can come too – not allowed in the house, but there’s a warm kennel waiting for him in the barn. There’s free use of bikes – the terrain in these parts is flat, so you can cover a fair amount of ground without breaking a sweat.
This is a great place to stay if you want the best of both worlds; a rural retreat with a stunning city on the doorstep.
How much? From £75 pr/pn
Kids? Children welcome – help collect the eggs!
Well placed? Ten miles from York city centre, a mile to the Park and Ride. You’re on the Minster Way, a wonderfully rural walking and biking path between York and Beverley.
Good grub? The Gold Cup in the village is friendly, and the food is honest and good value. The Vincent Arms in nearby Sutton on Derwent is very popular, with open fires, quarry tiled floor and great grub.
Corner Farm, Low Catton, York, North Yorkshire, YO41 1EATel 01759 373911
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Review by Mandy, 15 January 2011blog comments powered by Disqus