You know we travel up hill and down dale to find you the most interesting/luxurious/remote/romantic places to stay. Well Flamborough Rigg is all of these and then some. First off, it's in the middle of nowhere. And I mean NOWHERE. But in a good way. I've seen enough wild places to know that some of them can be a bit grim. Chilly. Unwelcoming. Paper peeling off the walls and candlewick bedspreads. Toe nails snagging on nylon sheets. I might be making the last bit up but you know what I'm saying. None of that here. From the off you know you've lucked out. A crunchy gravel drive at the end of a farm track through a sheep-filled field takes you to a very handsome old farmhouse with bits added on; pan tiled roof, smart paintwork, your own front door.
On the ground floor, a stylish, modern double room with smart ensuite and french doors out to a private, huge garden full of mature shrubs with table and chairs for al fresco breakfasts. On the first floor, a charming twin room with adjoining underfloor-heated spotless bathroom. Throughout, the finish is five star and not remotely corporate; Caroline has a keen design eye and there are flashes of colour and nice bits of vintage, top class textiles and beautiful bed linen.
But nothing can prepare you for the kitchen/diner/sitting room. It's a fabulous space; flooded with light, far reaching views, totally top spec. There's a wood stove chucking out heat in the spacious lounge and comfy sofas for ligging. Original art work on the walls and a low-slung leather Eames-esque chair complete the very stylish picture.
And the best thing? Lovely hosts Caroline and Philip (on hand next door but very discreet) will advise where the best walks are (and there are many, all of them stunning and from the door) and it actually isn't that far to civilisation and good pubs. AND you can take your dog. Gone are the days when dog-friendly cottages were low-rent. This is as high-rent as it gets. You'll want to move in. I did.
How Much: 3 nights from 285, 7 nights from 565
Kids Stuff: Plenty of room for everyone!
Well Placed: Stunning location in the North York Moors National Park - the coast is easily reachable; Pickering, Helmsley, Kirkbymoorside, Castle Howard, the steam railway - all do-able.
Good Grub: The local pub (White Swan in Newton on Rawcliffe) serves homely, value for money pub grub. A bit further away is the Feversham Arms in Helmsley (with stylish spa - go on, you know you want to), the lovely Vine House Cafe within the Helmsley Walled Garden and one of our fave places ever, the Star at Harome.
Middlehead Road, Stape, Pickering, North Yorkshire, YO18 8HR
Part of Stay North Yorkshire
Review by Mandy, 7 March 2016blog comments powered by Disqus