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Thornton Lodge is not your usual b&b - most of the ones around here are of the 3 guest bedroom type with owners sharing the comunal space some of the time. Here we have two distinct parts of the house, the guest end being the entire space shown in our photograph and our domestic quarters being the self contained west wing, coach houses and walled garden where I keep my hens and ducks.

Whilst I have 9 guest bedrooms it is rare for me to have more than 6 rooms occupied at any one time and during the week it is often around 3-4 rooms of guests. I have 2 rooms I reserve for single occupancy and one room only bookable by people with mobility difficulties.

I tend to chatter with guests at breakfast time to make sure they get the most from their day (if that's what they want). Other than that I leave my guests alone to enjoy the peace of their surroundings. 

I am closed during the winter - it gets too cold and the lane can be a little inaccessible without 4 wheel drive and after having to dig the car park out on my own for some people who stayed one February in a car barely road worthy I decided not to risk being open in bad weather.

 So, if you are they type of person who likes to stay in lovely surroundings but would prefer something less formal than an hotel without having to fend for yourself completely by staying in a self catering cottage, I think you might like what Thornton Lodge can offer so please do take a look at our rooms to see which might become your personal favourite.

For anyone wishing to explore this part of the Yorkshire Dales, my attractions page has links to many websites about things to see and do. Additionally my Wensleydale and sub pages provide information about nearby towns and villages. My meals page has links to local pubs and restaurants giving distances from the house, links to menu's and telephone numbers. 

Please note that whilst our postal address is Leyburn (as all the local villages are) we are 11 miles from Leyburn's centre and are actually closer to Hawes. On our contact us page there is a map showing our precise location.

01969 663375
Wensleydale's 5 Star Country House Escape