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Braithwaite Hall
Ranked #1 of 3 East Witton B&B and Inns
Reviewed 22 June 2012

We had a 2 night stay here a couple of weeks ago in the superior double room, we were greated warmly by vicky who made us very welcome in her beautiful home. The breakfast was fantastic with a choice of cereals, fresh fruit and yogurts with the full english to follow it was spot on . Will definatly return again , superb value for money beautiful surrounding and good walks.

  • Stayed: June 2012, travelled as a couple
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4  Thank elizabess
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Reviewed 26 July 2011

We stayed 3 nights in this ancient National Trust house which is only open by appointment with the tenants who run a B&B business as well as a farm and a self catering apartment and gave us a warm welcome. Our room although billed as a standard double was enormous with sloping floors and small ensuite shower room added in the corner. It was carefully furnished to match the age of the house although there were no drawers other than two thin ones on the dressing table. A small box of locally made chocolates was a nice touch on the tea tray. The robes were rather old and nylon but I had not expected them in a B&B. We could watch the sheep grazing on the hillside from our bed. We had a good breakfast in a panelled dining room along with the other guests. Eggs straight from the hens outside and fresh fruit were excellent. Unless we walked the 1.8 miles each way into East Witton for the superb but expensive meals at the Blue Lion, driving was essential to get an evening meal. We had a huge good value meal at the Cover Bridge Inn a few miles away.

  • Stayed: July 2011, travelled as a couple
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5  Thank DottyA
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Reviewed 25 April 2010

We stayed in the Hall's four-poster room for three nights. Our first impression of our host Vicky was very good. She was very friendly, helpful, down to earth and made us feel at home from the start. Our first impression of the Hall and our bedroom in particular was ‘Wow!!’ The property is a National Trust property and our hosts are tenant farmers and as such the Hall retains many original features. We felt very privileged to be staying in such a place for what we considered to be such a reasonable price.

The bedroom has a great view and faces north overlooking the farmland and Dales. In the morning you can see racehorses training and the owner provides binoculars in the bedroom so that you can better appreciate the wildlife and view etc. The bedroom is very large, and the walls are decorated with 17th century wood panelling. There is an original small stone fireplace, three chairs are provided in three corners of the bedroom. The floor seems to be the original flooring and is dark wood and sloping, which you would expect from such an old house. A huge Chinese rug covers most of this floor. The four-poster bed is 18th Century. There is plenty of sympathetic lighting in the room including wall lights and table lamps but the room is still fairly dark but retains a cosy historical feel. The room is very clean.

A free view television is provided in the bedroom, with tea and coffee making facilities are provided including usual sachets of coffee and teabags but some speciality teas were also included. ‘Kit Kat’ chocolate biscuits were provided daily, which was a nice touch. The owner provides a book in the room with usual information including places to eat and visit locally. In addition magazines were provided in the room as well a local tourist literature. There is a small private shower room and toilet attached to the room.

We were asked when we would like breakfast and were served breakfast in a lovely dining room set aside for bed and breakfast guests. We were able to serve ourselves with breakfast cereals, yoghurt, and fresh fruit. On our first day fresh raspberries and blueberries were provided. On the following two days we were provided with blueberries. This was a very nice touch. We were provided fresh home made toasted bread, together with home made preserves, and we had an excellent full English breakfast cooked by the owner every day. This included locally sourced bacon, sausages, black pudding, eggs (from the farm). I believe other alternative breakfasts were available but we had the full English breakfast every day, which was very filling.

The location was slightly out of the way but this was what we wanted. The nearest village is East Witton, which is about a mile away, and had one pub and restaurant called the Blue Lion. The nearest village with more amenities was Middleham, which was about five miles away. It had a number of shops and a number of restaurants. The one we tried twice was the White Swan, which we would recommend. It has a very good and reasonably priced two or three course ‘early bird menu’ if you were able to order before 7.30pm Sunday to Thursday. If you want to ‘push the boat out’ for your evening meal we would recommend ‘The Wensleydale Heifer’, in West Witton which is probably about 15-20 minute drive from the Hall. Their menu is mainly fish based but the food is excellent. If you can manage three courses (which we did not!) do not expect much change from £100 (for two people) for your food and drink here!

All in all we had an excellent stay, in a unique room, with an excellent friendly host, great service, and excellent breakfast. Our original very good first impression of our host and the Hall remained throughout our stay and will remain long in our memories. We would definitely like to return one day and would recommend it to anyone especially wanting a quiet romantic stay.

  • Stayed: April 2010, travelled as a couple
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10  Thank BUNNYHARE
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Reviewed 25 October 2009

Braithwaite Hall is not just your average B&B. It is a National Trust historic grange from the 1600s, which has been very tastefully furnished and decorated. As a working farm it is not your grand aristocratic country house. The oak panelling and wide wooden staircase are suggestive of prosperity rather than grandeur. Particularly well placed for Wensleydale, but the rest of the Dales are within easy reach too. Vicky was a very warm and welcoming hostess. Altogether a special experience. Higly recommended.

  • Stayed: October 2009, travelled with family
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6  Thank MichaelTMel
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Reviewed 22 September 2009

Perfect in every way "Braithwaite Hall" is the ideal setting for a romantic or relaxing stay , upon arrival we were greeted by friendly smiley faces and nothing was too much bother , we were given the anexe due to the main bedrooms in the house being booked but it was a pleasent suprise to find we had the whole ground floor to ourselves along with period style kitchen which had the attention to detail ie original lurpack butter dish and crockery , we had a lounge with live coal fire lit on the evening , our bedroom had queen size bed with all period features and two large windows with views over the moors it was just the perfect location .

On the evening we had a short drive to nearest village of Midderlham 5 mins away where we found a candle lit pub and had a hearty steak and Ale pie with mash etc ..... wonderful

After one of the most comfortable nights sleep ever we made our way to main house for breakfast again very tastefully decorated dinning room all period features and a wonderful breakfast with homemade bread and jams , we had full english which was cooked to perfection .
Vicky the hostess showed us round the main building which was left to the National trust in 1940's and this is something to see original period rooms etc

"A wonderful all round experience we will be back "

John & Elaine Grimsby

  • Stayed: September 2009, travelled as a couple
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4  Thank HillsLincolnshire
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Reviewed 5 September 2009

This property is fantastic! It is a listed building with so many historic features, and best of all, it's in Yorkshire!

The setting is down a narrow road, with fantastic views across the valley to hte gallops at Middleham. The hosts provide binoculars so you can watch the horses training.

We stayed in hte four poster room. It is massive! I've stayed in hotels that were smaller than this room! There is a stone fireplace, wood paneling, and of course the four poster bed!

Stay here - you will not regret it!

This is a working farm, yet the hosts are extremely accommodating. Nothing is too much trouble.

We weren't told when breakfast was, we were asked when we would like it. "You're on holiday, you tell me." was the response when we asked what time breakfast was.

And what a breakfast. Cooked to perfection.

This is the best B&B / guest house I have stayed in. Simples.

  • Stayed: April 2009, travelled as a couple
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5  Thank kangaryu
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Reviewed 2 September 2008

Had a very comfortable stay for two nights at the end of the Summer holidays in the four-poster room of this lovely old hall. Could not believe how huge the room was – with the wonderful paneling and the four-poster, it was like being in a gothic novel and the view was great too. A sofa would have made it perfect. Bathroom compact but with a good shower and nice big towels. Breakfast was generous and tasty – loved the fresh raspberries! – with yogurts and plenty of freshly-made toast as well as the full English. The paneled drawing room (the real fire was most welcome!) was comfortable and peaceful. The proprietors are very friendly, welcoming and helpful and they showed us the self-catering flat they also have within the house which looks terrific. In the evening, we ate at the Blue Lion down in East Witton which is always fabulous and the food very filling and delicious! We drove home via Coverdale (turn left out of the drive) which was spectacular. Thoroughly recommend this place for a comfortable, relaxed stay in fabulous surroundings.

  • Stayed: August 2008, travelled as a couple
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3  Thank VisitorsfromYork
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Additional Information about Braithwaite Hall

Address: | Leyburn, East Witton DL8 4SY, England
Region: United Kingdom > England > Yorkshire > North Yorkshire > East Witton
Amenities:
Free Parking
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 3 B&Bs / Inns in East Witton
Price Range: £118 - £120 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — Braithwaite Hall 5*
Number of rooms: 3
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Luxury Bed & Breakfast in a 17c Country house on a working hill farm in the picturesque Coverdale, One and half miles outside of East Witton. A spectacular Oak paneled King size four poster bedroom, also superior double bedroom both en-suite with surrounding views,twin room with private bathroom also available.Ideally located for touring the dales or quiet weekend trips. ... more   less 
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