10 / 10 0
In countryside outside Richmond (the town's castle is easily visible from the garden). Easby Hall only reveals its exceptional location from its garden: overlooking the romantic ruins of Easby Abbey, built on the bank of the River Swale in around 1300.
Style & character
8 / 10 0
The Clarkes have lavished care and attention and a great deal of money on the house and its beautiful gardens, which are both now in tip top condition. Karen has an eye for bold wallpapers and pastel colours and has used both to great effect.
Service & facilities
9 / 10 0
Attention to detail is second to none, although I would have liked a radio and a bigger waste paper basket in my room. Karen’s right hand, Michele, who cooks and much more, is warm and friendly and evidently indispensable.
Choose between the Champagne Suite, with lovely four poster and enormous bathroom decorated in bold Designers Guild wallpaper, with double ended egg bath and walk-in Makti shower; or the calm first floor Courtyard Suite, with velvet curtains, slipper bath and walk-in shower; and Abbey, smaller than the other two with shower only, but views over the ruins.
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Value for money
The high standards here make the high rates worth paying; however I feel that £160 rather than £180 at weekends would better reflect the fact that however good, this is a b & b and not a fully-fledged hotel. Doubles £150 midweek; £180 weekends, including breakfast.