Graham and Fiona Lappin returned to England from India and the Far East with exotic interior decorating ideas and a name for their upmarket B&B in magnificent countryside on the edge of the Yorkshire dales. They have converted this former 18th-century barn with the greatest care and style, creating rustic, contemporary rooms that have beams and stone or white-painted walls. There’s an honesty bar in the cosy sitting room, where comfortable sofas cluster round a wood-burner. Breakfast and an irresistible complimentary afternoon tea are served in the oldest part of the barn. Named after the family’s favourite places, the six bedrooms are light and well-equipped, with Roberts radios, walk-in showers and huge boat baths. You make your own hot drinks at the ‘Tea Station’ outside. If you don’t feel like dining at one of the excellent local pubs or restaurants, there are several excellent supper options available at The Malabar. Ideal for private parties.
Doubles from £140
+44 (0)15396 20200; themalabar.co.uk
The spectacular and unspoilt Howgill Fells that tower above Sedbergh for fine views of both the Yorkshire Dales and the Lake District then climb to the top of Cautley Spout, England’s highest waterfall.
A perfectly lovely afternoon tea, served beneath the backdrop of those beautiful fells, once you have settled in; a locally produced charcuterie board with Graham’s artisan breads and a bowl of nourishing soup served in front of the fire in the evening; Wild boar bacon and venison sausages or Bombay-inspired Malabar eggs with Indian lassi at breakfast. We will even wake you up with a tray of Bed Tea first thing.
Stock up on loose leaf Malabar teas, beautiful woollen weaves from Laura’s Loom and gorgeous Bath House products, all made in Sedbergh.
CLAIM TO FAME
Graham’s father and grandfather were tea planters in southern India, where he grew up, giving the Lappins a perfect excuse to offer their own loose-leaf selection.
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