A magnificent old manor house in Yorkshire/England. As experienced travellers we are always looking for something special for our next vacations trying to combine luxury with a beautiful environment and interesting sights. This summer we have discovered a real gem in rural Yorkshire.
We found the website of Ingleby Manor and decided to rent one of the 5 apartments in the old manor house.
The magnificent old house is surrounded by paddocks and the most beautiful walled garden we have ever seen. It was a pleasure to live in such a historic house with so many typical features and to use the garden, walk through the old kitchen and hall and imagine what life was like centuries ago. All the apartments are furnished to the highest standards with beauiful old furniture, nice pictures and farmhouse kitchens and a warm welcome with scones or cakes on your arrival. The apartments are cosy and warm - especially when the weather in the north of England is a bit cool, even in the summer months.
There is plenty to do: drive to the Jurassic beaches to look for ammonites, discover old abbeys and stately castles and manor houses, visit historic market towns with individual shops or go sightseeing in York, Harrogate etc. If you are interested in cathedrals from the Middle Ages or just want to walk across the moor to see grouse - there is something for everybody.
We were so happy in this house that we decided to come back again.
All apartments have their own kitchens, but there is a huge kitchen in the main part of the house which is especially interesting. You can book it to use yourself or even have a dinner served there.
We never booked the kitchen, but I loved to go there (it was never locked) to look at everything!
At one time they cooked in the kitchen with an open fire, and if you look up under the old chimney you see a little bit of the sky where the smoke went out in times gone by.
And there is the gleaming AGA stove . . . a showpiece of the kitchen!
Huge sitting room where guests can use computer. There is also a library for guests to check out books.
The door to the hall with the black and white floor is always open and leads to the wonderful staircase . . .
The dark furniture and the balustrade at the side of the staircase are hundreds of years old and carved of oak.
The massive gardens at the back of the manor house are breathtaking. There is a gardener who maintains the gardens, but the owners do a lot of the work themselves as well. Following is a small picture tour . . .
Maria & Dieter
We are a German couple living near the romantic Rhine valley and the cities of Cologne and Bonn in Germany. Three years ago we met Susan through the internet and have become great friends. We have so much in common and share a passion for antiques, good food and traveling, that it is fun to meet and do things together. Over the last 3 years we have met Susan and her sister Eileen in Paris, Germany and the USA. We are already planning our next trips to Provence and Prague and Dieter and I feel honored to provide photos, comments, reports and recipes from Europe to Susan and Eileen's blog.