This weekend we unexpectedly found ourselves staying in the Yorkshire Dales for my birthday (after a bad booking in Windermere) and luckily for us, Beck Hall in Malham came to our rescue.
After searching for hotels in locations nearby to try to salvage our journey, I came across a hotel in Malham and whilst they didn’t have any availability they did note that Beck Hall had a cancellation and it would be worth giving them a call. A quick phone call later and we had the last remaining room reserved.
We reached the hotel at around 9.30pm and were promptly shown to our room by Andy. After admiring the room (complete with 4 poster bed and ducks toddling around outside), we headed out to the nearby pubs to see if we could grab something to eat before last service. Andy had been kind enough to say that if we were unsuccessful they’d make us a sandwich at the hotel.
Feeling a little more human after food, we returned to our room and acquainted ourselves. We were in the Lower Riverside room so we could hear the river flowing alongside the bay window, the ducks merrily pottering about and felt the calming nature of the location. There’s not a lot of ambient light in Malham so it wasn’t until the next morning that we saw the wider setting.
Breakfast is served within a 2 hour period (8am – 10am) at Beck Hall giving you ample time to get ready and adjust to your surroundings. On the first morning we arrived for 9am and took our seats in the dining room. There’s a varied breakfast menu available, plenty of cereals, juice and yoghurt and really friendly service from the breakfast team.
We indulged in a full english on both mornings with scrambled eggs and nothing could be faulted. On the first morning, we left the dining room satisfyingly full and admired the building in daylight. I have to admit that to truly take Beck Hall in you need to venture to the entrance by the small bridge which takes you over the river – the picture above was taken from this vantage point.
In terms of our room, the interior was comfortable yet grand. It felt a little like sleeping in a stately home where we’re used to being at the other side of the roped barrier! The en suite was of a great size and complete with an easy to use yet powerful shower, and everything had its place. There was an additional bed in the room which would be perfect for families and there were plenty of windows for natural light (and lined curtains to ensure you don’t get woken up too early by the sunshine).
Due to the longer breakfast hours, check out is generally between 10.30 and 11am but there is also the option to check out the night before. We were checking out on my birthday so made use of the evening check out service so we could fit in as much as possible before returning home. This gave us the opportunity to speak to Andy’s co-manager and partner Louise and thank them both for accommodating us and saving our weekend away.
I think it’s safe to say that we’d both recommend Beck Hall and after speaking with the new managers Andy and Louise, we anticipate that over the coming months they’ll be making their own mark on the guesthouse and utilising Louise’s knowledge from her time as a hospitality journalist.
Beck Hall, Cove Road, Malham, North Yorkshire, BD23 4DJ. Visit their website to see the available rooms, rates and tourist information.