Wednesday 8 July 2009

Hartrigg House, Buckden, Skipton, North Yorkshire

An elegant railway hotel dating from the 1880s, Hartrigg House is now a bed and breakfast with a big garden and fine views across the pastoral idyll of Wharfedale. When you arrive, you are offered a cup of tea in a dainty china cup and a buttered scone with jam in the guest lounge. You can stay in a homely twin room with a pleasant view through a large sash window (£67 B&B for two), but your bathroom, featuring a huge air bath, is on another level and doesn't have a shower. One of the other bedrooms is en-suite. For breakfast, you can choose from several hot dishes ranging from a smoked salmon bagel to a full English consisting of a perfectly cooked and presented poached egg, meaty bacon, tasty stewed tomatoes, sausage and black pudding. On a small table there is also a buffet with a selection of juices, figs in syrup, chopped pineapple, yoghurts and cereals. Hartrigg House is run by a friendly and self-deprecating lady, with the help of her husband and, when he is back from university, a chirpy student. 7/10