Host Vivian was most gracious when we called to say we wouldn't be able to arrive until 10:30 pm, and promptly showed us to our two rooms where we fell into wonderfully comfortable beds, exhausted. Next morning the big and delicious breakfast got us off to a great start, as we sat in the beautiful dining room. We were actually lodged in the family home as the cottages were occupied, but we were also treated warmly as family would be. The home is immaculate and very recently re-outfitted, the rooms spacious and beautifully appointed. So wonderfully quiet ! We used this as our 'home base' to see attractions further afield, but it became apparent to us that this B and B would become our favourite memory of our stay in Howden, even better than nearby (25 minutes away) York !! The grounds are exquisite, with the apple trees for which it is named, hanging with fruit which the two resident horses appreciate. Even Rowdy the dog is a treat. The area is surrounded by vast and beautiful agriculture endeavours, and is obviously a large energy production area. Stay here again ? Absolutely !! Recommend to others ? Unconditionally !! Just makes me wonder why it's only 4-star listed. It's a 5 star in our opinion.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Set in ancient parkland. Beautiful Victorian farmhouse, offering two well-appointed bedrooms for B&B and two fully equipped, private, self-catering cottages, both with two bedrooms, set in an Apple Orchard. Walk, ride, cycle, fish, bird watching, golf nearby, watch the ships sail up the river. 1/2 hr drive to York, interesting market town of Howden, with Minster and boutique shops 7 mins away. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Apple Tree Cottages Howden, Yorkshire