A one-mile walk along the River Swale from Richmond, John and Karen Clarke have turned their classic Georgian country house into a charming and friendly B&B. Although the architecture is grand, the flower-filled interior is homely and the welcome warm. The magnificent drawing room seems to cry out for a party: it has an open fire, grand piano, good antiques and paintings, roomy sofas and large windows to take advantage of the sensational view of the romantic ruins of Easby Abbey. The snuggest place to sit is beside the fire in the stone-walled garden hut and, in summer, the glorious and profuse walled garden is perfect for afternoon tea. In-house treatments are on offer for extra pampering, and as for the three bedrooms, they are luxurious and madly romantic, each with stunning fabrics, open fire or log burner and champagne fridge. There’s also a two-bedroom, self-contained cottage. At breakfast, the soft fruit, compotes and jams all come from Easby’s organic garden.
Doubles from £180
+44 (0)1748 826066; easbyhall.com
Your breakfast growing in the hotel’s organic kitchen garden.
By the fire in the hotel’s outdoor hut; bring your own snacks and wine.
A ticket to the Georgian Theatre Royal. The theatre, which is Britain’s oldest working theatre in its original form, is within walking distance of Easby Hall.
CLAIM TO FAME
They have never had an unhappy guest; most visitors come back
again and again.
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