If you want to get away from the world then you can’t go far wrong with a stay at the eighteenth century coaching inn The Rose and Crown in the picture perfect village of Romaldkirk in Teesdale.
The Rose and Crown stands alongside an impressive Saxon church St. Romalds, known locally as ‘the Cathedral of the Dales’ all of which is centered around a charming and quintessential English village green.
Don’t let the eighteenth century bit fool you however, in matters of comfort and convenience the Rose and Crown has certainly kept up with the times whilst retaining character and charm. We stayed in the tasteful and stylish Laithkirk room in the main house overlooking the village green and its stocks!
An extremely comfortable room with a mix of exposed stonework and tartan fabrics and modern ensuite bathroom with bath and shower and Molten Brown toiletries. The windows are surrounded by beautiful rosebushes ambling up the wall full of chattering sparrows darting in and out of the leaves, (don’t worry, the dawn wake up call from them is avoided with soundproof windows).
There is also an attractive single storey stone building to the rear of the main house with five rooms and a further two rooms in the 17th century Monk cottage just around the corner from the main house. Dogs on best behavior can stay in your room and are also permitted in the bar.
We ate in the Oak Panelled Restaurant across the entrance hall from the more relaxed setting of the bar and its open fire, where you don’t have to worry about the ‘smart casual’ dress code required for the restaurant. Being a rural area there is an abundance of fresh food on the doorstep and the menu here certainly takes full advantage of locally sourced produce.
After a wonderful nights sleep in an extremely comfortable bed, breakfast was served in the same Oak Panelled Restaurant, we ate haddock and boiled eggs and soldiers, delicious.
The staff were extremely helpful in recommending activities for the day including the impressive High Force waterfall, (England’s highest) where after a gentle pretty woodland walk you see the River Tees suddenly drop 21 metres into a plunge pool below.
The Rose and Crown in Romaldkirk is the perfect base for tranquil walking straight from the doorstep, you can borrow the local maps and they will happily provide a packed lunch for you. If you are prepared to drive then the pretty market town Barnard Castle and its attractions are nearby.
A lovely evening stroll through the village on your return before a relaxed meal in the bar this time finished our trip off perfectly.
If relaxation far from hustle and bustle is your cup of tea then this is the perfect spot to rest your head.
Three things to do:
1. High Force. England’s most impressive waterfall surrounded by the stunning countryside of Upper Teesdale. An ideal base for exploring Teesdale and the North Pennines by car, bike or foot. Fishing and canoeing permits for River Tees available from High Force gift shop.
2. Barnard Castle. Market town in Teesdale named after the castle set on a high rock, the ruins now manged by English Heritage The Bowes Museum in the town has the best collection of European fine and decorative arts in the North of England housed in a magnificent 19th-century French-style chateau. Its most famous exhibit is the 18th-century life sized Silver Swan automaton.
3. Raby Castle. A dramatic medieval castle with a history spanning 600 years. Set within a 200 acre deer park with walled gardens and coachhouse with tearooms and gift shop.
Rooms: Bed and breakfast in a standard room at the Rose and Crown starts from just £57.50 in low season (November to April) and £67.50 in high season (May to October). Four-course a la carte dinner, bed and breakfast starts from £87.50 in low season and £97.50 in high season.
Location: Romaldkirk is well positioned midway between southern England and Scotland just 19 miles from Scotch Corner on the A1 and 40 miles from the M6 at Penrith.
Address: The Rose & Crown at Romaldkirk, Barnard Castle, Co. Durham DL12 9EB
Telephone: 01833 650 213
For more information and Tariffs visit: www.rose-and-crown.co.uk