Carpenter's Arms Felixkirk

Felixkirk is one of those pretty North Yorkshire villages that’s not on the way to anywhere unless you’re heading for the roads less travelled on the North York Moors. But do go. Spend a night in the village pub which is a number of cuts above your regular village boozer.

We’ve already written about the food at the Carpenters and now they’ve added eight beautiful bedrooms at the back: low level, purpose built, timber lodges, designed by clever Malton architects Bramhall Blenkhorn around a courtyard garden with views to the Vale of Mowbray.

These rooms have fridge, telly, tea tray, the usual stuff, but they are also spacious and glam.  Big beds, with mattresses thick enough for a princess, Egyptian cotton sheets, tartan throws, those flame effect Swedish log fires and superior bathrooms. It’s all clean, cool and spare.

Shooting parties stay here, hence the heated wardrobe to dry off their gear and a safe to store the shotgun. Ordinary people can stay here, too, and eat in the newly extended dining room either in the old bit by the fire or the bright new ‘garden room’ that leads onto a terrace with those long distance views and feast on a menu of sensibly priced mainstream dishes.

It's all part of Michael Ibbotson and Chris Blundell's quietly growing mini-empire of North Yorkshire inns to go with the Oak Tree at Helperby and the Punch Bowl at Marton cum Grafton. Squidbeak is instinctively averse to any form of chain but has to confess that this team are doing it in style.

How much? £120-£185 per room per night

Kids Stuff? Yes, and they have a family room

Well Placed? The village is lovely and good for access to the North York Moors. Thirsk is just 4 miles away and Easingwold 14 miles

Good Grub? You'll want to eat in the pub, but go to Tea Hee's for tea and for a blow out there's the Black Swan at Oldstead and the Star at Harome, a drive away.

Carpenter's Arms

Felixkirk, Thirsk YO7 2DP

Tel 01845 537369

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Type: Inn

Part of Stay North Yorkshire

Review by Jill, 1 February 2015

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