With our usual emphasis on absolute comfort with touches of real luxury, the four rooms have been converted from buildings at The Old Lambing Yard, just a five-minute walk through the picture-perfect village of South Dalton from the Pipe and Glass itself.
With a nod to the building’s original function, their names have been taken from four of this country’s more unusual breeds of sheep – although we don’t think you’ll need to count any to get a great night’s sleep in these comfy beds!
Visitors are welcomed by the delightful scene of a mother ewe with two lambs, created especially for The Old Lambing Yard by leading Yorkshire sculptor Emma Stothard. Emma's woven sculptures – these are in powder-coated bronze wire – also grace the grounds of both Raymond Blanc’s Belmond Le Manoir aux Quat' Saisons and Highrove House, the family residence of of Their Royal Highnesses The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall, and are regularly seen at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show, for the past two years in the award-winning Welcome to Yorkshire garden.
The four rooms guarded by this ovine little family are all en-suite and each has its own landscaped patio area with table and chairs – each room is completely private, with Swaledale and Ryeland sharing a main entrance and lobby, so also perfect for a family or two couples.
Come inside, and you’ll find the warm welcome you’d expect from the Pipe and Glass. Crisp linens, furs (faux, of course!), velvets and woollens in the bedrooms contrast with slate, stone and mirrors in the bathrooms to create a sense of tactile elegance.
Each room has its own special defining feature – a slipper bath in Jacob’s bathroom, an oak four-poster bed in Lincoln’s bedroom, an antique mirrored feature wall in Swaledale’s bathroom and a stone feature wall in Ryeland’s.
And in each room, you’ll find all those special little touches that define the Pipe and Glass: homemade treats alongside the tea- and coffee-making facilities, Roberts DAB radios, extra blankets for chillier nights on your patio, relaxing Temple Spa toiletries and torches.
Yes, you read that right – torches. Don’t forget them when you head to the Pipe and Glass for dinner – it gets very dark in the countryside, you’ll need them on the way back to your room!
James says: “We’re thrilled with how The Old Lambing Yard has turned out – just a year ago, it was a derelict building and look at it now! Wherever we could, we’ve used local suppliers, contractors and tradesmen – we’d like to thank them all for their hard work.
“With our five Garden Rooms, we can now offer a wide range of varied and luxurious accommodation for our overnight guests.”
For more information on The Old Lambing Yard, and the Garden Rooms, and a detailed description of each of the nine rooms: