Tucked away down a narrow lane in Fylingthorpe, Robin Hood Bay’s neglected neighbour, Thorpe Hall is a magnificent seventeenth century Elizabethan Manor House, built by the Farsyde family, who came from Scotland with King James I. Present incumbents are Angelique and David Russell, daughter Phoebe and a couple of cute King Charles spaniels.
From the moment you drive down the crunchy gravel lane you can smell the history and feel the mystery. It’s chock-full of mullion windows, stone fireplaces, beams and oak paneling; I’m no believer in the spirit world but I wouldn’t be thrown if I was to encounter old man Farsyde rocking round a corner …
Fast-forward a few hundred years, there’s a cosy telly room with a flat screen TV with Sky – the bedrooms are TV-free – no signal in this neck of the woods – beware you phone addicts, this applies to some mobile networks too.
There are a couple of other rooms for the use of guests; both lovely, but the most impressive one is fully oak-panelled, the original fireplace with the Farsyde family portraits painted in a panel above it, a lovely window seat for garden views and fat, sqidgey, dark red sofas. More panelling and beams to be had in my fabulous first floor bedroom, with its leaded mullion windows and two views, the best across the stunning garden towards the sea; I woke early, and peering through the mist clocked a red deer strolling nonchalantly across the lawn … achingly lovely. There’s a spacious, modern bathroom just down the hall, with a roll top bath and walk-in shower. Elsewhere, there’s a hotchpotch of bedrooms, some en suite, some not, but all with Egyptian cotton bedding and fat fluffy towels.
The subtle mix of old and new works really well here; Angelique’s not scared of hanging modern art on Elizabethan walls, and yet a deep sense of the history of the place remains – she’s been true to the integrity of the building. It’s an exceptional house in a stunning location, and the warmth of the welcome, coupled with the simple comfort of the rooms makes for a very special experience. Thorpe Hall is sublime.
How much? £80 – £90
Kids Stuff? Kids (and dogs!) welcome
Well placed? On the coast – it’s a 15 minute walk to the sea at Robin Hoods Bay. Whitby and all its delights is a 15 minute drive.
Good grub? The local pub has open fires and serves good value pub grub. In RHB, get a very good fish supper from the chippy, or fab steak pie at the Bay Hotel. The Wheatsheaf at Egton is half an hours drive away but worth it. Head to Whitby for the best sit down fish & chips at the Magpie Cafe.
Middlewood Lane, Fylingthorpe, North Yorkshire, YO22 4TTTel 01947 880667
Part of Stay North Yorkshire
Review by Mandy, 21 February 2015blog comments powered by Disqus