What the Guides say:
The Good Hotel Guide 2020
Phillip Gill and Anton van der Horst’s ‘warm welcoming’ B&B is adored by a cohort of regular returnees. ‘It felt like coming home,’ writes a reader after this year’s visit. ‘It is a perfect venue for a real treat.’ The afternoon teas with home-made scones were greatly enjoyed, as were Phillip’s ‘outstanding seasonal’ dinners. ‘They were obviously prepared by a confident, imaginative cook.’ An endive gratin was followed by a slow-cooked duck leg, and a delicious apricot and almond tart. ‘We left room for the cheeseboard, knowledgeably presented by Anton.’ Public rooms in the architect-designed 1960s house are filled with antiques, ‘enticing bookcases and amazing art’. They gaze across ‘beautiful gardens’, planted by Anton, to the Howardian hills. ‘Our spacious bedroom was well equipped, with Penhaligon toiletries, binoculars on the windowsill – even a bowl of chocolates to dip into while watching the rabbits on the lawn.’ After an ‘excellent breakfast’ (‘What makes the Shallowdale House scrambled eggs so good?’), there are ‘some great (hilly) walks straight from the house’. Helmsley and the delightful Scampston Garden are a short drive away.
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Phillip and Anton have a true affection for their guests so you will be treated like angels. Sumptuous bedrooms dazzle in yellows, blues and limes, acres of curtains frame wide views over the Howardian Hills, bathrooms are gleaming and immaculate. Breakfast on the absolute best; fresh fruit compote, dry-cured bacon, homemade rolls - and walk it off in any direction straight from the house. Return to an elegant drawing room, with a fire in winter, and an enticing library. Dinner is out of this world and coffee and chocolates are all you need before you crawl up to bed. Bliss
Sawdays Guest Feedback
"Thank you Anton and Phillip for making our stay at Shallowdale House absolutely wonderful. My husband and I were visiting from London for a friend’s wedding and from the moment we walked into the house we immediately felt relaxed. The views from our room were spectacular. The attention to detail and choice of furnishings was very stylish, and the food was the best in all of the North Yorkshire Moors. Anton and Phillip are experts in the art of B&B. We hope to be back soon!"
"Anton and Phillip are wonderful hosts and Shallowdale is an beautiful property, with room views looking out onto pastoral Yorkshire. We had one dinner at Shallowdale and wish that we could have had all our meals there, since the one meal was truly world class. The food is farm fresh, superbly prepared and presented impeccably. Our room was spotless and comfortable, with every little thing that you could want tended to.
Oh, breakfasts were wonderful. If we gave stars on this site, Shallowdale would receive the maximum."
Shallowdale House is the kind of place that, once you have visited, you don't want to share with anyone else because it is so special. This is an outstanding 1960's architect-designed house with huge picture windows to every room, allowing guests to take in spectacular views of the glorious Yorkshire countryside. There is a warm and relaxing atmosphere throughout and a wonderful attention to detail which makes guests return time and time again.
The bedrooms are light, spacious and stylish with all the finishing touches such as television, radio, tea and coffee making equipment, hairdryers and beautiful toiletries, but the best part must surely be waking each morning to the stunning views from the windows.
As if this wasn't enough, Anton and Phillip are the most delightful and attentive hosts one could wish for, with Anton looking after guests and preparing afternoon tea, and Phillip cooking the most exquisite dinners and setting guests up for a days' activities with a hearty breakfast using the finest, and mostly, locally sourced ingredients,
Anton and Phillip have the wonderful ability to make their guests feel they are the most important people in the world. Nothing is too much trouble and they really enjoy providing their guests with an unforgettable experience. They both have a background in art and design which is evident throughout the house and their local knowledge will ensure guests do not miss any of the delights of the area.
Fancy a night or two being utterly ruined by two of the nicest, most entertaining people on the planet? You could do worse than book into Shallowdale House, which unlike its name will bring you deep joy.
At first glance you might think you’ve made a mistake, given it’s not the most attractive example of a 1960’s house stuck on a hillside, but persevere and your rewards will be many. Phillip and Anton are a great double act, bringing home made goodies and pots of proper coffee, and are clearly (and rightly) so chuffed with the house it’s infectious.
Phillip is a very good cook indeed, so don’t miss one of his delicious dinners, while Anton is famed for his home baking and afternoon teas as well as looking after things front-of-house. The garden goes on for ever and has loads of interest (quiet corners, wide sweeping footpaths) and a sun-drenched patio for a chilled pre-prandial. Very special indeed. MW
Well placed? Good for exploring the North York Moors, the Howardian Hills and beautiful Rievaulx Abbey and Castle Howard. York is 20 miles away, Helmsley 5 miles.
Good grub? Breakfast here will set you up for the day and Phillip's four course dinner will send you to bed happy.