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B&Bs To Book This Christmas
November 2019
Reading time 15 Minutes

In brief: A family-run, Georgian country house B&B just a mile from the picturesque village of Bamburgh.
Our highlight: Strolling around the grounds searching for the secret garden.
Insider guide: A stone’s throw from the sandy beach and a
short drive to the magnificent Bamburgh Castle, there is plenty
to explore around Budle Hall, and the views from the rooms are spectacular. The Blue Rooms provide stunning views of the garden, fields and Cheviot hills in the distance, while The Green Room boasts a glimpse down the driveway towards Holy Island. Don’t miss out on your choice of a full English breakfast, including more-ish Bamburgh Bangers, or indulge in Seahouses kippers or a stack of pancakes. Budle Lodge is located in the grounds of Budle Hall – a charming three-bedroom cottage, with a spacious living area and fireplace for a family staycation.
Bamburgh NE69 7AJ
01668 214297

In brief: A boutique B&B in the pretty village of Middleton-in- Teesdale.
Our highlight: The annexe with its own living room and French doors onto a private patio with great views.
Insider guide: This quaint little B&B sits in the middle of the village surrounded by the North Pennines Area of Natural Beauty and within easy walking distance of the two village pubs which serve supper. It’s the perfect base for exploring this beautiful part of Teesdale, whether on foot or on two wheels.
9 Hill Terrace, Middleton-in-Teesdale DL12 0SL
07781 812607


In brief: A welcoming B&B with views of Weardale.
Our highlight: The afternoon tea served in the guest’s sitting room beside the fire.
Insider guide: This pretty Victorian B&B has lovely ensuite bedrooms but guests are encouraged to use the garden and conservatory, relax on the patio and challenge each other at croquet or boules. Breakfast is served in the elegant dining room, where crisp white linen and fine china ensure it’s a notch above. All the ingredients are sourced locally, including the sausages from the neighbouring farm, and the jam is homemade.
Low Jobs Hill, Crook DL15 9AB
01388 762473

In brief: Newly crowned B&B of the Year 2021.
Our highlight: The peaceful walled garden which is a secluded hideaway just minutes from the town centre.
Insider guide: This Georgian mansion has just three guest bedrooms but every little detail here is taken care of. You’ll find fresh flowers, milk and sherry in your room, the beds are big and comfortable but it is the award-winning breakfast which guests can’t get enough of, which is simply a feast of fabulous Yorkshire produce, served in the beautiful dining room.
10 Newbegin, Beverley HU17 8EG
01482 888880 

In brief: An award-winning B&B on the edge of the North York Moors National Park.
Our highlight: The May Barn is a new luxurious suite with
its own private entrance boasting two double bedrooms and bathrooms as well as great garden views.
Insider guide: The six individually-designed rooms and two gorgeous suites on offer at Broom House are sure to meet
a variety of tastes and budgets. With both the coast and the countryside on its doorstep, the opportunities for exploring are endless.
Egton Bridge YO21 1XD
07423 636783

In brief: A period farmhouse in North Northumberland.
Our highlight: The newly refurbished guest sitting room with its cosy open fire, huge sofas and flat screen TV (for when the weather keeps you indoors).
Insider guide: This welcoming, family-run B&B has three rooms, all beautifully decorated and all with views over the Cheviot hills and Border country. Extra deep mattresses (and an electric blanket if needed) to ensure you enjoy a great night’s sleep – necessary for all the exploring there is to do on Hay Farm’s doorstep. Each room has a TV, a fridge and a well-stocked refreshment tray. Breakfast is served in the pretty dining room and owner Rachel makes the most of the delicious local produce available and their own eggs fresh from the farm.
Ford & Etal Estate, Cornhill-on-Tweed TD12 4TR
01890 820647

In brief: A 19th century church lovingly converted into a spacious and luxurious B&B.
Our highlight: The full English, full Scottish or full veggie breakfasts – to suit everyone’s tastes.
Insider guide: This striking B&B offers three modern ground floor, ensuite rooms complete with little luxuries including a Tassimo coffee machine and fluffy bath robes. If a cooked breakfast isn’t to your taste, try the selection of fruit juices, cereals, fresh and dried fruits, yoghurts, biscuits, cheese, Horncliffe honey, homemade jams and marmalades (the warm Scottish dropped scones with mixed berries and maple syrup are a real treat).
Horncliffe TD15 2XW
01289 382928


In brief: A relaxing seaside hideaway for adults.
Our highlight: Relaxing by the roaring fire in winter and in the decked garden in summer.
Insider guide: A stay here offers a stylish base for exploring – it’s Alnmouth’s only boutique bed and breakfast. It sits right on the High Street, just a few minutes from the sandy beach. In the four guest rooms here, you’ll find plenty of little luxuries – think comfy beds and fluffy towels, and you’ll be treated to a decadent home-cooked breakfast too.
27 Northumberland Street, Alnmouth NE66 2RA
01665 833123

In brief: A classic Georgian country house in the blissful hamlet of Easby.
Our highlight: The Abbey Room offers the most outstanding views of the entire hall; the Abbey, St Agatha’s Church and the River Swale beyond.
Insider guide: All of the rooms at Easby Hall feature top quality super-king size beds, an open fire or log burner and, most importantly, a champagne fridge. If that’s not enough, there’s the opulent Champagne Suite, complete with crystal chandelier and four- poster bed. Easby Hall has three distinctly different gardens to explore, and the beautiful market town of Richmond is only a mile away.
Easby DL10 7EU
01748 826066

In brief: A 250-year-old guest house in the centre of Durham.
Our highlight: Castle View is just a short stroll away from the spectacular sights of this historic cathedral city.
Insider guide: Recently refurbished, all the bedrooms are ensuite and all boast a host of extras. The guest house is situated in a quiet cul-de- sac and will provide parking passes for guests to use, making it a great base from which to explore Durham itself, with the cathedral, castle, river and historic market place, together with lots of shops and great cafés and restaurants, all on your doorstep.
4 Crossgate, St Margarets Garth, Durham DH1 4PS
0191 386 8852

In brief: A Grade II-listed Regency town house in the seaside town of Scarborough.
Our highlight: The sea views from the east-facing bedrooms.
Insider guide: In the heart of the town, between the castle and the harbour, the seven elegant bedrooms at this popular B&B are all ensuite. Guests can make use of the spacious lounge, the bright conservatory and walled garden, their delicious breakfasts are served in the bright and airy dining room, and there’s free parking available here too.
131 Longwestgate, Scarborough YO11 1RQ
01723 373696 MILLGATE HOUSE

In brief: A charming B&B on Richmond’s Market Square.
Our highlight: The amazing antiques dotted around this Regency townhouse, and the hidden garden crammed with climbers.
Insider guide: This elegant B&B is full of surprises, from the many antiques, to the views from the award-winning garden which looks out across the river Swale to the hills beyond. There are six rooms here, including the Garden Apartment with direct access onto the aforementioned walled garden. Breakfast is a big event here, with homemade bread and lots of delicious local produce all served in the dining room.
3 Millgate, Richmond DL10 4JN

In brief: An 18th-century coach house turned five-star B&B.
Our highlight: At The Old Coach House, breakfast isn’t just the most important meal of the day, it’s award winning.
Insider guide: Decorated to the highest standard and individually designed, the bedrooms on offer here are both stylish and comfortable – we love the old oak beams on display in the ‘double deluxe’ rooms. You’ll find a range of amenities available in every room, so regardless of which one you stay in, a five-star time is guaranteed.
North Stainley, Ripon HG4 3HT
07912 632296 

In brief: An award-winning luxury estate offering adult-only B&B accommodation.
Our highlight: The private, detached five-star cottage in the grounds.
Insider guide: Relax in the tranquility of a private four-acre estate with spacious ensuite guest rooms set within the magnificent Northumberland countryside. Chillingham Castle is just over one mile away and there’s a room named after it overlooking the garden and beyond, with an ensuite shower room and comfortable beds.
Chatton, Alnwick NE66 5RA
01668 215507

In brief: A boutique B&B in the pretty village of Middleton-in- Teesdale.
Our highlight: The annexe with its own living room and French doors onto a private patio with great views.
Insider guide: This quaint little B&B sits in the middle of the village surrounded by the North Pennines Area of Natural Beauty and within easy walking distance of the two village pubs which serve supper. It’s the perfect base for exploring this beautiful part of Teesdale, whether on foot or on two wheels.
9 Hill Terrace, Middleton-in-Teesdale DL12 0SL
07781 812607

In brief: An historic mill, now an unusual guest house.
Our highlight: The garden which runs down to the river Bain, England’s shortest river.
Insider guide: This traditional, Grade II-listed stone built mill has been renovated but the owners have retained much of the buildings’ character and heritage, including the water mill which is still in working order. There are six rooms here, but our favourite is The Workshop, an enormous room containing working mill machinery alongside a contemporary free standing copper bath, a separate shower room and a log burner too. Breakfast is between 8.15am and 9.15am and is freshly prepared using the best local produce from suppliers nearby.
Bainbridge, North Yorkshire DL8 3EF
01969 650553

In brief: A welcoming and rather different B&B in a Victorian terrace on the outskirts of York.
Our highlight: All the attention to detail which makes you feel so welcome (they’ll even do your washing if you need them to!).
Insider guide: Of the eight guest rooms here, four are themed for the Bishop, and four for the American Bison, together with carefully-curated art pieces including a herd of multicoloured bison which adorn the walls of the dining room, where your homemade, locally sourced, delicious breakfast is taken up until 9.30am. There’s a Presidents Lounge for guests’ use where you’ll find a vast number of artisan gins, alongside wine and beer, and cosy chairs to sink into after a day’s sightseeing.
127 Clifton, York YO30 6BL

In brief: An award-winning guest house in the heart of Northumberland.
Our highlight: We love it all, but if we have to pick
one thing it is probably the unbeatable breakfast with most of it homemade using local ingredients such as Heatherslaw flour for the bread and biscuits, Carters of Bamburgh for the sausages, and Swallow Fish, Seahouses for the kippers and smoked salmon. They even make their own baked beans!
Insider guide: This former coaching inn has four luxury guest bedrooms, all ensuite, with huge, comfortable beds, White Company toiletries, flat screen TVs and Nespresso machines. There’s a garden for guests to use – the perfect place to relax with a glass of wine after a day’s exploring – and hosts Amanda and Steve are happy to prepare a delicious dinner for guests if they book in advance.
1 Church St, Belford NE70 7LS
01668 213013

In brief: A collection of 17th century outbuildings used in alum mining, and now a luxury B&B.
Our highlight: Breakfast in bed which involves an assortment of fresh juices, pastries, homemade jam and full English, kedgeree or a simple sausage sandwich.
Insider guide: Boulby is a tiny seaside hamlet and this cliff-top property is bang on the Cleveland Way. Set in three acres, the stone buildings have been carefully renovated and there’s a large courtyard garden for guests to enjoy. The two large double rooms both have French doors leading onto a private terrace, and Alum has a private outdoor hot tub too. There’s a supper board menu of simple dishes, and everything is homemade or locally sourced – some produce even comes from the garden.
Boulby, Easington, Saltburn-by-the-Sea TS13 4UT
07530 453470



In brief: A Grade II-listed country house in 18 acres of private garden and woodland.
Our highlight: The walled garden that supplies the house with produce.
Insider guide: The B&B’s gardens merge into the surrounding estate where free range pigs, hens, ducks and geese all roam. There are four large bedrooms with huge beds, ensuite bathrooms and period furniture. Breakfast is served in the dining room or can be served in your room. On the estate you can stable your horse, kennel your dog and the owners can also provide shooting.
Durham Road, Lanchester DH7 0TL
01207 52022

In brief: A boutique B&B in the heart of the Dales.
Our highlight: The chic bedrooms.
Insider guide: In the pretty village of Aysgarth, this super-smart B&B is a step up from your average. There are seven bedrooms, including Kes with its king size four-poster bed and views from the big bay window across Wensleydale to Penhill, and Cowboy Balance, an enormous (dog friendly) second floor room with a roll-top bath. Breakfast is taken in the dining room and includes homemade granola, and in the evening the hosts, Sarah and Phil Bucknall, shake up some superb Savoy-style cocktails. Aysgarth has two good pubs which serve great food, all within walking distance of Stow House. Aysgarth, Leyburn DL8 3SR
01969 663635

In brief: A unique, boutique B&B in a Victorian building located in Askrigg.
Our highlight: The comfortable rooms at Skeldale House combine beautiful Victorian decor with modern amenities.
Insider guide: Cosy king-size beds in spacious ensuite bedrooms and stunning views of the surrounding area are just some of the things on offer at Skeldale House. The property is perfectly located for guests to explore the Yorkshire Dales and nearby castles, whilst the village of Askrigg is full of friendly locals and some great pubs.
Main Street, Askrigg, Leyburn DL8 3HG
01969 650746

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