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On Saturday 24th March, the independent heroes of our hospitality sector come together for the first National Bed and Breakfast Day. We take a look at some of our favourite B&Bs in the North

Cumbria

1863 Bar Bistro Rooms
On the shores of Ullswater, this property has played a number of important roles in the pretty village of Pooley Bridge over the years. First used by the village blacksmith, it later became the post office, and has recently been updated for the 21st century to offer fantastic food, drink, and B&B accommodation in seven bedrooms. With an AA Rosette for Culinary Excellence awarded to the bistro for sophisticated dishes and a selection of the finest local beers at the bar, there’s everything you need here for a restful break – experience the quality of a boutique hotel with the homely welcome of a traditional bed and breakfast.
Penrith CA10 2NH
01768 486334 
www.1863ullswater.co.uk

The Hideaway
Formerly a school master’s house for the old college next door, The Hideaway at Windermere has been transformed into a successful B&B. From the moment guests step through the door, they’re made to feel welcome by owners Richard and Lisa, and the first-class service continues throughout your stay. With no passing traffic, this is the perfect option if you’re wanting to get away from it all, but you can reach the shops and attractions of Windermere in just five minutes on foot. Choose between rooms ranging from Guest to Ultimate Comfy – two-storey accommodation, separating your bedroom and bathroom with a spiral staircase. 
Phoenix Way, Windermere LA23 1DB
01539 443070 
www.thehideawayatwindermere.co.uk

Howe Keld
Meaning ‘mountain spring' in Old Norse, this award-winning B&B lies right in the bustling heart of Keswick town centre, just a stone’s throw from Lake Derwentwater and Theatre by the Lake – a must-visit attraction for an evening of entertainment during your stay. Rooms range from Junior Suites to Superior, and many boast breathtaking views of the surrounding fells, including Cat Bells and Causey Pike. Owners Laura and Jerome know all there is to know about hospitality, having run a restaurant in the Swiss Alps before relocating to Cumbria. Firmly believing that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, they serve delicious hot and cold options in the light and airy dining room. 
Keswick CA12 5ES
01768 772417 
www.howekeld.co.uk

The Malabar
At the foot of the stunning Howgill Fells sits this restored 18th century barn, winner of B&B of the Year at last year’s Cumbria Tourism Awards. After living and working in exotic destinations including Singapore, Taiwan, India and Hong Kong, owners Graham and Fiona now enjoy rural life in Cumbria, and hope that every guest experiences this fully with a stay in one of six bedrooms, named after places close to their hearts and furnished to reflect the years they spent in the Far East. After a restful night’s sleep, freshly brewed tea is brought to your door, before breakfast is served around the communal dining table. Local specialities on the menu include wild boar bacon and venison sausages, washed down with a selection of loose-leaf teas inspired by Graham’s childhood on the tea plantation in Kerala where his father and grandfather worked.
Sedburgh LA10 5ED
01539 620200 
www.themalabar.co.uk

Number 43
Number 43 is a stylish bed and breakfast overlooking the Kent Estuary and all the rooms here have been designed with coastal tones to blend in with the panoramic views from huge bay windows. With a range of walking routes, cosy pubs and independent shops, there’s so much to explore in the former fishing port of Arnside, but the market towns of Kendal, Kirkby Lonsdale, and Ulverston are all nearby too. With succulent home-cured bacon, gluten-free apple sausages, fresh smoked haddock from the River Lune, and black pudding from Sillsfield Farm, it’s no wonder Number 43 has been awarded a Breakfast Award from Visit England – guests can tuck into breakfast in the dining room, in the comfort of their suite, or out on the terrace on a lovely summer morning.
Arnside, LA5
01524 762119
www.no43.org.uk

The Log House
Not just any B&B, this accommodation and restaurant in Ambleside is housed in a Norwegian log cabin, imported to Cumbria by famous local artist Alfred Heaton Cooper at the turn of the 19th century. All three cosy en-suite bedrooms still retain their original log beams, giving the experience of staying here a quirky charm. Hearty Lakeland breakfasts are served up every morning in the contemporary, relaxed dining area, with original photographs capturing the cabin’s history lining the walls. Don’t leave without experiencing the hot stone cooking – sizzling lava stones mean you can cook your own steak at your table just to your liking. 
Ambleside LA22 0DN
01539 431077
www.loghouse.co.uk

Willowbeck Lodge
On the outskirts of Carlisle, this idyllic alpine-style lodge is an ideal base for exploring the Lake District, Hadrian’s Wall and Southern Scotland. Each of the four rooms – Willow, Oak, Ash, and Beech – treat guests to tranquil views of the lodge’s very own lake as the sun rises. Owners Andrew and Sarah understand the importance of a lie-in when you’re on holiday, so the café, Fini’s Kitchen, only opens at 10am, when brunch is served. Inspired by the classic cooking of the owners’ late grandmother, dishes include pancakes with maple syrup, or Fini's all-day breakfast, for those days when you really struggle to get out of bed.
Carlisle CA4 8BX
01228 513607
www.willowbeck-lodge.com

North East     

Birdsong Cottage
With just two boutique bedrooms, Birdsong Cottage is a living testament to the mantra that good things come in small packages. Swallows Rest has a range of scented candles and soaps for use in the jacuzzi bath – perfect for soaking in after a day at the beach. The real pièce de résistance are the owners, Richard and Sandra Beesley, who are on hand to recommend the best things to see and do in the area.
Brownieside, Alnwick NE67 5HW
01665 517284 
www.birdsongcottage.co.uk

Carraw Farm
Built on the foundations of Hadrian’s Wall, Carraw Farm is perfectly situated to explore this unique corner of the world. Choose from accommodation in the Farmhouse or the Lodge, all bedrooms boast south-facing windows and plenty of little luxuries. Dining options are equally impressive too: there’s everything from traditional breakfasts to homemade packed lunches for days spent exploring – perfect. 
Humshaugh, Hexham NE46 4DB
01434 689867 
www.carraw.co.uk

The Coach House
A collective group of buildings, including a 17th century dower house and smithy, this guest house epitomises tradition and offers lovely, spacious bedrooms and lots of little luxurious extras. Breakfast is a hearty affair, with everything from Craster kippers to Eyemouth smoked
haddock – what better way to set you up for a day exploring the beautiful Borders?
Crookham, Cornhill-on-Tweed
TD12 4TD
01890 820293 
www.coachhousecrookham.com

Hesleyside Hall
With an impressive 800 years of Northumbrian history, this ancestral home now boasts three beautifully-appointed bedrooms, with plenty of grand extras (think four-poster beds, roll top copper baths and double aspect views). There’s plenty to see and do: explore the untouched Northumberland National Park, stroll through landscaped grounds designed by Capability Brown, or spend a lazy afternoon in the library – bliss. 
Hesleyside, Bellingham NE48 2LA 
01434 220850 
www.hesleysidehall.co.uk

Huntercrook Lodge
Just a stone’s throw from Hadrian’s Wall, Huntercrook Lodge is perfectly placed to explore the Northumbrian countryside, with plenty of scenic trails right on your doorstep. All four ensuite bedrooms have private access to outdoor decking, where guests can marvel at the stunning panoramic views with their morning coffee, before indulging in Huntercrook’s impressive breakfast spread. Seasonal suppers are also on offer, with everything cooked fresh to order by former Chef of the Year, Robin.
Henshaw, Hexham NE47 7HF
01434 344896 
www.huntercrook.com

The Old Church
This striking bed and breakfast offers three modern ensuite rooms complete with all life’s little luxuries, including an iPod dock and fluffy bathrobes. Breakfast is reason to visit in itself, with everything from traditional oak-smoked Craster kippers to oatmeal porridge with honey and a nip of whisky – what better way to start your day? 
Horncliffe TD15 2XW
01289 382928 
www.oldchurchhorncliffe.weebly.com

St Cuthbert’s House
This beautifully-appointed award-winning bed and breakfast is just a stone’s throw from the sea, making it the perfect base to explore the coast and castles of Northumberland. The bedrooms boast plenty of little luxuries, like crisp cotton sheets and king sized beds.
192 Main Street, Seahouses NE68 7UB 
01665 720456 
www.stcuthbertshouse.com

St Valery
Enjoy the sunrise over the beach before heading back for a home-cooked breakfast. Rooms here are light, airy and luxurious with sumptuous fabrics and silk bedding. From organising bike rentals to their well-stocked honesty bar, they really have covered all bases. The team at St Valery will even walk your four-legged friend on the beach for you – this isn’t just any B&B. 
27 Northumberland Street, Alnmouth NE66 2RA 
01665 833123 
www.stvaleryalnmouth.com

Throphill Grange
Throphill Grange is perfectly located for those wishing to explore historic Northumberland, with Belsay Hall and Castle just a five mile drive away. There are two beautiful bedrooms – The Red Room and The Lilac Room – which are the perfect place to relax and recharge before indulging in a traditional Northumbrian breakfast. 
Mitford, Morpeth NE61 3QN
01670 772332
www.throphillgrange.co.uk

Warkworth Old Post Office B&B
Dating back to the 18th century, the Old Post Office is the perfect place to explore coastal Northumberland. Each of the beautifully-furnished bedrooms is bursting with little luxuries to make your stay that extra bit special – from Egyptian cotton sheets to goose down duvets, it’s all in the detail.
32 Castle Street, Warkworth NE65 0UL 
01665 711341 
www.warkwortholdpostoffice.co.uk

The Walls Bed and Breakfast
A five-star B&B perched on the Edwardian walls of Berwick. Each of the rooms has been individually decorated to an extremely high standard and guarantee a comfortable stay. The Guest Lounge is also very popular with guests who like that little bit of extra room to spread out and relax, especially on winter nights in front of the cosy log fire. After a hearty, award-winning breakfast, head out and explore the local area: historic battle sites and rambling walks await.
8 Quay Walls, Berwick TD15 1HD
 01289 330233 
www.thewallsberwick.com

Yorkshire

Ashmount Country House
This cosy guest house is perfect for a romantic breakaway. Each room is individually designed with your comfort in mind, while the hot tub rooms are particularly luxurious. Dining options range from traditional breakfasts, afternoon tea and room service – for those long, lazy afternoons.
Mytholmes Lane, Haworth 
BD22 8EZ 01535 645726 
www.ashmounthaworth.co.uk

The Bijou
Small in stature, big in character, The Bijou offers modern ensuite bedrooms and brilliant breakfasts. Better yet, they can have champagne chilled for your arrival – sounds good to us.
17 Ripon Road, Harrogate HG1 2JL 
01423 567974
www.thebijou.co.uk

Broom House at Egton Bridge
Six individually-designed rooms and a gorgeous suite mean that there is something to suit a wide range of budgets and tastes here. Marvel at the varied views from this elegant B&B then get out there and explore them for yourself.
Broom House Lane, Egton Bridge YO21 1XD 
01947 895279 
www.broom-house.co.uk

Carr House Farm
This place has won awards for its accommodation and its breakfasts so they must be doing something right. Guests can make use of maps, books and games as well as TVs with built-in DVD players and iPod docks. So, inside is good, but what about outside? Well, there are a range of activities on offer in the local area such as bird watching and astronomy so we reckon outside is pretty special too. 
Ampleforth, York YO62 4ED
01347 868526 
www.carrhousefarm.co.uk

Cundall Lodge Farm
Cundall Lodge Farm is home to three individually-furnished bedrooms with an array of amenities (not to mention luxury toiletries from the White Company). Come morning, breakfast is made with fresh, local produce and served in the dining room, setting you up for a day exploring this stunning corner of Yorkshire. 
Boroughbridge, York YO61 2RN
01423 360203 
www.cundall-lodgefarm.co.uk

Easby Hall
A range of rooms and suites are available at Easby Hall (including the opulent Champagne Suite, complete with crystal chandelier and four-poster bed, for that extra- special occasion). Relax and recharge in the comfort of your own room, or head out to explore the nearby Coast to Coast path.
Easby DL10 7EU
01748 826066
www.easbyhall.com

Helmsley Garden Cottage and Railway Carriage 
Two cosy cottages and a refurbished railway carriage make up this amazing getaway, providing the utmost in B&B exclusivity with your own private entrance, lounge, dining area and bathroom, while the self-catering Mews Cottage is yours and yours alone for the duration of your stay. Of course, you could always stay in a railway carriage that has been converted into five-star luxury accommodation.
1 Bondgate, Helmsley YO62 5BW
01439 771864 
www.helmsley-gardencottage.co.uk

The Old Coach House 
At luxury B&B, the Old Coach House, the bedrooms are sumptuously furnished with your comfort in mind. While all the bedrooms have their unique charm, we love the original oak beams on display in the ‘double deluxe’ rooms. You’ll find a range of amenities available whichever room you choose and we’re sure you’ll enjoy a five-star stay (and then some!).
North Stainley, Ripon HG4 3HT 
07912 632296 
www.oldcoachhouse.info

The Parisi
Formerly St Denys, this rebranded (and revamped) B&B boasts 11 beautifully-appointed bedrooms, all sumptuously furnished with their own quirky character. Located in the centre of York, guests are perfectly placed to explore the historic city, before coming back to a luxurious bed and a delicious, locally-sourced breakfast come morning.
51 St Denys Road, York YO1 9QD 
01904 658815
www.theparisi.com

Riverside Lodge
All eight rooms at the Riverside Lodge are elegant and well-appointed; some with views out over
the countryside, a couple in the adjacent coach house. A range of amenities are available including a secure storage space for your bicycle should you wish to explore the countryside on two wheels, rather than two feet.
24 Main Street, Ingleton LA6 3HJ
01524 2421359 
www.riversideingleton.co.uk

Skeldale House
Large, spacious bedrooms, comfortable kingsized beds and stunning views are just some of the things you can look forward to at Skeldale House. The property is perfectly located for guests to explore the Yorkshire Dales, whilst the village of Askrigg offers a few great pubs where you can wet your whistle.
Main Street, Askrigg, Leyburn DL8 3HG 
01969 650746 
www.skeldalehouse.co.uk

Published in: March 2018

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