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What the Guides say:

The Good Hotel Guide 2023

Guests are made to feel like old friends at this wisteria-clad, light-filled 1960s house with its peerless views over gardens to the Howardian hills. Hosts Phillip Gill and Anton van der Horst have the happy knack of creating rooms and an atmosphere that are ‘deeply relaxing’, helped in no small measure by the picture windows that ensure striking views at every turn. Large, luminous bedrooms are full of warm colours, brightly patterned fabrics and a classic country house style. They are filled with art and books, as are the two sitting rooms. Thoughtful touches include binoculars (great for birdwatching and rabbit-spotting), pot plants, chocolates and Penhaligon toiletries. Enjoy complimentary tea and home-made cakes while gazing over the ‘mature and lovely gardens’.  The scrambled eggs at breakfast are legendary: ‘Nobody does that better!’ An ‘utterly splendid’ stay. (AW, FT)


Alastair Sawday's British Bed and Breakfast

and Bed and Breakfast for Garden Lovers

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. Bliss

Alastair Sawday Shallowdale House

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!"
JULY 2013

"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."


Wolsey Lodges

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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 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.


misty view from Shallowdale House Ampleforth
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