We’ve raved about Lucy & James’s Adopt a Pig scheme and now it’s time to shine a light on their B&B enterprise. They’re open for business! Yaay!
Habton House is a magnificent Grade 11 listed building – a six-years-empty disintegrating one until James got his hands dirty. Between them they’ve scraped off artex, re-plastered, mended, re-roofed, replaced windows, filled several skips with mouldy floral carpets and generally got the place spick and span.
There’s a sense of ease and peace as you walk in: the colours are calming and smooth, nothing jolts, it’s a seamless move from room to elegant room, with lovely old pieces of furniture, open fires in original surrounds and squashy leather sofas with tartan wool throws.
It’s sooo easy to imagine kicking back in here for an hour or two on a Sunday night, fire lit, glass of wine in hand, telly on, Clarkson and Hammond bickering ..
There’s a whiff of French Country House in two of the three double rooms; one’s painted a pretty soft pink which is echoed in the textiles and off set with a zingy peppermint green in the cushions. Another has a huge brass bed, Lloyd loom chair and antique oak wardrobe. In fact there’s a pleasing mix of contemporary and vintage throughout; Lucy’s eye is good. The third room is more than a bit sexy: a super-king sleigh bed, a cow hide rug and newly upholstered chaise. Whichever you choose, you can’t lose.
Bathrooms make a real impact too; one is uber-modern, another has tongue and groove panelling and traditional fittings and a monsoon shower – all are immaculate.
Lucy says she’s wanted to run a B&B since she was a little girl (a fine ambition in our humble view) and all the signs are that she’s made the right career choice. Her breakfasts are mighty: their Oxford Sandy & Black bacon and sausage, of course, plus home made yogurt, their own eggs and local black pudding.
There is such a still and happy vibe here; it really is like going to your (young and beautiful) friend’s house in the country for a weekend. Except money has to change hands. Eventually.
How Much? From £90 per room per night
Kid’s Stuff? Children over 8 welcome
Well Placed? Pickering, Malton and Helmsley are nearby. Take the steam train from Pickering to Grosmont – it’s the trip of a lifetime. Duncombe Park, Nunnington Hall, Rievaulx Abbey and Castle Howard are nearby.
Good Grub? If there’s a gang of you and you’d like to eat at home, Lucy will organise a rather good chef to come along and do the business. Otherwise, the Walled Garden at Scampston is a terrific place for lunch, the New Malton worth a visit and you might spot James Martin at the gussied-up Talbot Hotel in Malton (and one of Lucy’s pigs might fly); The White Swan in Pickering is an atmospheric old pub with a great menu.
Habton House Farm, Little Habton, Malton, North Yorkshire, YO17 6UA
Tel 01653 669707
Part of Stay North Yorkshire
Review by Mandy, 9 May 2012blog comments powered by Disqus