Following on from my outfit post from a stay in the Yorkshire Dales, I’d like to share my full review of our trip to celebrate my birthday a few weeks ago! We’d chosen to stay in a quirky boutique Guest House which had been on our list of places to visit for a while. Low Mill Guest House, is a 18th Century listed Corn Mill tucked away in the village of Bainbridge within the heart of Wensleydale in the Yorkshire Dales. The original stone building backs on to the river Bain and is one of the few remaining working water mills in the country.
This guest house had previously caught our eye when we’d spent an age looking through boutique hotels on google and trip advisor, deliberating over a suitable destination for a weekend break. Having left it until last minute, we hoped that we’d find somewhere nice to stay for the Monday night. We were extremely lucky to get a reservation at Low Mill at short notice, as it’s hugely popular and is booked up for much of the year.
On the way there, we had an obligatory stop at Wensleydale Creamery to have a a look round their shop and sample some of their wonderful cheeses! It was only a short drive to Low Mill Guest House, where we arrived around 4pm. It really is tucked away in the corner of the village, blink and you’ll miss it! I caught a glimpse of the small ‘Low mill’ sign out of the corner of my eye. We were greeted by Neil, the owner who was very welcoming and showed us to our room. We stayed in the ‘Store Room’ which was one of the three rooms available in the Guest House.
We took a bit of time to look round the fantastic quirky room, sleek modern bathroom and admire the amazing view overlooking the river Bain! I love how the room still contains some of the original features such as the original tiled floor where grain used to be stored and the exposed stone walls give it a very rustique feel. Neil had asked if we’d like tea and homemade cake in the garden! We took that lovely offer up and enjoyed a perfect cup of tea and the nicest homemade lemon cake on the decking by the river. This also gave us the opportunity to explore the fantastic gardens at Low Mill and soak up some of the afternoon’s sun.
After taking tea, we took a short walk to the local pub for a few birthday drinks in the beer garden before heading back to the room to get ready for the evening. We’d reserved a table at the local fish and steak restaurant, the Wensleydale Heifer so had to hurry to make our our reservation which was booked for 8pm. A full review post from the evening will be coming to the blog soon. Following the meal, we headed back to the Guest House for a couple of post dinner drinks before heading up to the room. There’s something very soothing about the sound of the river close by.
The next morning we had a lie in before making our way down to the dining room for breakfast. The room is tastefully decorated with quirky ornaments and there are some of the many awards Low Mill House won over recent years. The breakfast menu was very impressive, with all of the ingredients being sourced locally. The bread, croissants, jam, marmalade and yogurts were all home made, which I think is a nice touch. The menu caters for all tastes, we both opted for the full english breakfast, which was exceptionally good. The only thing missing to make it the perfect breakfast was beans.
After breakfast we had time to look round the rest of the Guest House and admire some of the original Mill features. Neil very kindly gave as a personal tour round the working water wheel before we left which was really cool to see. For me, Low Mill is well deserving of the various awards it’s won and you can see why it’s in high demand. Overall I had a fantastic time and can’t recommend this Guest House highly enough, you’ll not be disappointed.