A 17th-century coaching inn owned by the Fitzwilliam estate, not far from Castle Howard. It stands on the edge of town with Malton’s streets on one side and country views on the other. Outside, there’s a croquet lawn, a terrace for lunch, and paths that lead down to the river. Inside, an easy elegance abounds. A fire burns in the drawing room, you find fresh flowers, lovely art, the daily papers and cavernous sofas. Bedrooms (all en suite) have chic fabrics, warm colours and botanical prints on the walls. Several have the view, all have robes in gorgeous bathrooms. Now to the serious stuff – delicious local food. Malton, an ancient market town, is the food capital of Yorkshire, with a festival every May that was started by the estate. No surprise then to discover the hotel serves the best Yorkshire produce. They also run a cookery school and have food trails to follow – to pie shops, vineyards, local farms and breweries. Dinner, predictably, is a treat, perhaps twice baked cheddar souffle, roasted cauliflower and salsa rosso or venison and claret pie. There’s a farmers’ market every other Saturday, too.