What the Guides say:
The Good Hotel Guide 2021
The welcome couldn’t be warmer for guests of Phillip Gill and Anton van der Horst at their 1960s house in a beautifully tended hillside garden, on the edge of the North York Moors national park. Readers mention the hosts’ ‘great kindness’, with the ‘whole place centred on guests’ comfort’, making it a ‘real pleasure’ to stay. They return year after year. On cold days a fire blazes in the sitting room, where tea and home-baked goodies are served every afternoon. Interiors have a tasteful mix of contemporary and traditional furniture, books and artwork. Large windows afford lovely views to the Howardian hills. The bedrooms have Penhaligon toiletries and little treats such as a bowl of chocolates. With notice, Phillip cooks an ‘imaginative and delicious’ dinner of local, seasonal produce, served at 7.30 pm at tables laid with crisp white linen. Perhaps asparagus, duck breasts in Marsala, a pear and blueberry tart, with ‘an excellent choice of house wines’. A cooked breakfast with freshly squeezed orange juice sets you up for a visit to Rievaulx Abbey or Castle Howard. Then again you might just want to gaze at the vista. (MH, and others)
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. 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.