Good b&b establishments that positively welcome (rather than tolerate) dogs aren't easy to find. The Estate House ticks a lot of boxes whether you've four legs or two: it's well located on the edge of the Yorkshire Dales National Park yet convenient for the M6; it's run by a friendly, caring local couple who try hard to please; accommodation is clean, comfortable and good quality; the breakfasts are excellent (the 'full English' plus toast plus cereals really set us up for a day's touring); and it's good value.
From a dog's point of view, it's a lot of fun. Dogs are accommodated in the bedrooms and even allowed in the residents' lounge/breakfast room (where there are also games for young and old plus toys for kids); a dog bowl and bag of treats was provided; and there's a safe walled garden beside the house for leg-stretching. Two minutes' drive down a lane takes you to a quiet stretch of the Leeds & Liverpool canal, where the towpath winds through rolling countryside, running through the friendly and characterful little town of Barnoldswick in one direction and out towards Gargrave and Skipton in t'other. For evening meals, there's an attractive dog-friendly pub a mile away - the Cross Keys at East Marton - that offers a menu that's a cut above the average country pub without being 'gastro' or greedy.
Top tip: ask for the Garden Room or one of the other rooms at the rear of the house. Our room (the Gledstone), although generously proportioned, attractively decorated and with a very comfortable king-size bed, fronted the main A59 road and the old-fashioned single-glazed sash window meant that road noise was noticeable - although this isn't a deal-breaker as the A59 doesn't carry a huge amount of traffic at night.
Many thanks to Zoe, Rob and daughter Georgina for looking after us so well, and to Dudley the family's own dog for flirting with our two - even if it was just a holiday romance!
- Also Known As:
- The Estate House Bed & Breakfast Skipton, Yorkshire