Sarah and Phil have created a bright, contemporary oasis in a lovely setting. As you enter, it's instantly obvious that this is no ordinary bed and breakfast. It's full of quirky details and warm, fun places to sit. The honesty bar is clearly a focal point...cocktails are a feature! Bright light streams into the large, airy rooms and highlights the lovely old building. The term "picture windows" was made for this place, looking out on to lush, green Dales views. Rooms are stylish and uncontrived. Forget neutral beiges and traditional muted tones. Stow House feels vibrant and uplighting. One-off artwork and pieces of furniture abound, often with humorous touches. Stow House feels lived in and yet not so overly personalised that you feel you're intruding in some one's home.
Each bedroom is luxurious, spotlessly clean, with plenty of wooden beams and features that I imagine have been snapped by many an instagrammer. The tempting king-size beds beckon you to dissolve into them for the best night's sleep ever. Forget old-fashioned, rule-driven landladies. Sarah is welcoming, generous and the overall feel of Stow House is one of informality and generosity. A great breakfast will set up for the day so you can explore the Dales and return for a quick rest before wandering off to one of the local hostelries for an evening meal. However long you're planning to stay, add at least another night - you won't be disappointed.