Guests feel right at home in this informal, friendly 16th-century farmhouse. Outside, you’ll find hens, cats and dogs, bees, Doris the horse… Inside, all is cosy with well-loved family pieces.
A winding steep stair leads to big bedrooms, two more equally inviting ones are out in the converted 18th-century smithy. All have tea trays, homemade shortbread, TVs and Roberts radios – and comfy private sitting areas to come back to after a day’s exploring. Breakfast is a sociable affair – tuck into homemade muffins, garden red and black currants and honey, poached pears with cinnamon, a sizzling full Monty with eggs from the farm or a Whitby kipper.
Maggie’s enthusiasm for this glorious area is infectious – you’ll love the walks in the Dales and Moors (she lends maps), Ripon with its cathedral and good restaurants is a 10-minute drive and there are lots of historic homes and gardens to visit.