Blackwell House is like a stage set. Those scones baked by Joyce Brownless were griddled on Great Aunt Maggie’s 100 year old griddle; the limousin beef is slow cooked for four hours in the Aga. The large dining room reminds you of a French farmhouse, with a minstrels gallery from which the bedrooms sit. Our fellow guests had stumbled across Blackwell whilst looking for one of only three accommodation providers in the North who offer a Super King Size Bed, and be assured that in your room, your bathtops will roll, your towels will be fluffy, there will be fresh flowers, homemade shortbread with the tea tray, your bedtime pillow will hold a bedtime treat macaroon, and the thread on your Egyptian cotton sheet will have been counted. Some places are beautiful, but you don’t see the work that goes into them. Not so Blackwell. The meticulous design, the memorabilia from Africa, the house plants, and sofa coverings, the polished leather artefacts and fresh flowers, all remind you that this has been crafted for you, the guest, for your absolute comfort. Nothing has been overlooked. Joyce and her husband Steve have only been open a couple of years, but we can expect many things from Blackwell House and its meticulous and talented owners.
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