One village, two inns. Make that two outstanding restaurant/inns. Andrew Pern runs the fabled Star at Harome while his ex-wife Jacquie has the Pheasant, a ten bedroom inn in an idyllic spot overlooking the village duck pond. The interior shows Jacquie's designer eye with a mix of antiques, antlers and tartan throws, a cross between a Scottish hunting lodge and an English country house. The public rooms are exceedingly comfortable with deep cushioned sofas, firelight and candles. Upstairs the rooms are equally smart. Kirkdale has a modern oak four poster, crisp linen and heaps of cushions, tv, iPod dock and radio. Only the bathrooms have not been fully upgraded since the Pern purchase and are a tad dated, but that doesn't matter when there are compensations like the small, but lovely indoor swimming pool across the car park, the wisteria shaded terrace overlooking said duck pond and Peter Neville's elegant cooking.
Recent additions in the grounds are the three garden rooms, two especially good for families: self contained with kitchen, lounge, a double and two single beds and handily close to the swimming pool, while a third, Plum Tree Cottage, is a sweet little hideaway with its own terrace overlooking the garden. When you are shown to your room at the Pheasant you'll find the lamps lit and music playing. It’s good to know you are expected and when you return after dinner the bed has been turned back.
Breakfast in the conservatory is as special as you might expect. Proper orange juice, yes, real oranges squeezed, a table of meats, cheese, smoked salmon, yoghurt, compote, granola and croissants as well as the full English with the likes of smoked haddock and poached egg or eggs Benedict.
How Much? £155-£200 per room per night
Kids Stuff? Children are very welcome with a sensible children's menu and that indoor pool.
Well Placed? Good for exploring the North York Moors and on to the coast, or south to Castle Howard. Close to Helmsley for shopping.
Good Grub? Exceedingly good grub. Naturally you'll want to eat at the Pheasant and across the road at the Star.
Harome, Nr. Helmsley, North Yorkshire YO62 9JGTel 01439 771241
Part of Stay North Yorkshire
Review by Jill, 10 February 2017blog comments powered by Disqus