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Accommodation Details The Old School
Danby Wiske North YorkshireDL7 0NQ
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Comments by walkers who stayed at The Old School in Danby Wiske on The Coast to Coast Path
Myself and two friends stayed here whilst doing the coast to coast way. The accommodation was lovely, modern and clean with a separate living area. A laundry service was much welcomed. Breakfast and packed lunch were outstanding. Frank and Doreen were the perfect hosts. A very memorable stay.

Happy Golden wedding Doreen & Frank....
Ruth Colgan, left on 15 September 2017
We received a very warm welcome, with offer to dry boots and clean muddy waterproofs. Spotlessly clean,the room had a bath with muscle ease bath foam. We were welcomed with tea and toasted tea cakes in the guests' lounge. Very good breakfast was pre ordered and cooked to order, packed lunch also pre ordered and delicious sandwiches freshly made whilst we ate breakfast. One of the best bed and breakfasts on the coast to coast route, would definitely return and definitely recommend. For evening meal, ate at the White Swan, the landlord was inattentive, the menu doesn't have a lot of choice, and the food was average.
Christine Martin, left on 13 June 2017
a lovely warm welcome from frank and Doreen, lovely stay.
debbie mills, left on 22 June 2016
Since there has been no 2013 review I thought I would add one to say that the reviews from prior years still apply. A wonderful welcome from Frank and Doreen, comfy bed and great breakfast.

Good meals at the nearby pub as well and it really helps that it's only a few yards away from the B&B.
Ray Perry, left on 26 November 2013
Thankyou Frank and Doreen for lovely warm welcome.Room clean comfortable with ensuite.Drying facilities for wet boots etc.Lovely breakfast to set us on our way .
Gary & Maria 11/09/13, left on 09 November 2013
Frank and Doreen continue to be great B and B hosts. They helped us dry our wetclothes and fed us with tea and cake on arrival -which was so welcome. They were warm, friendly and looked after us with such care and concern. It was a real pleasure to stay with them!
Kathryn Farrow, left on 06 August 2012
Stayed here as part of our C2C in Jun 2012. What more can one say - Frank & Doreen are a lovely couple who looked after us from start to finish. It was like being at home with your Mum & Dad. Welcomed with tea, cake and cheese, Frank whisked our wet gear away and also offered to do some washing for us - we gratefully paid for this service although no charge was asked for. The evening meal at The White Swan was nice and our breakfast the following morning was beautifully cooked. We ordered a packed lunch which was super too. We cannot recommend this B&B highly enough - it is run by a super couple who make your stay as comfortable as possible.
Dave & Angie, left on 12 June 2012, left on 22 June 2012
I stayed here on 7.6.11. It was the friendliest b and b on the whole coast to coast. As a lone walker I felt really well cared for and was made to feel like one of the family.The bath was especially welcome. Doreen and Frank really are very special people. Meal at the village pub was fine and the atmosphere lovely. Would go so far as to say,organise your itinerary to include this gem.
Christine Shepherd, left on 02 April 2012
Very nice B&B. The owners made you feel right at home and part of their extended family. Great food and a separate room as a lounge. Within sight of the pub for the evening meal. Good pub food.
Jim and Gail Sears, left on 08 October 2011
We loved every minute of our stay, from the warm welcome with tea & cakes, comfortable bed, hot bath, our evening chat with Doreen over a glass of wine & last but not least the great breakfast. Very highly recommend , don't miss this gem.
Jane & Rose, left on 28 May 2011
This is indeed one of the most delightful places on the whole trek. A warm and friendly welcome from Frank and Doreen who go out of their way to make guests as comfy and well-fed as possible. True professionals they are and we felt most welcome with enough space to swing several cats in both bedroom and bathroom. A great bonus is the guest lounge where I could read, drinking tea in the early hours of morning without disturbing my husband, Jeff, who slept soundly until breakfast. Both evening meal and breakfast were some of the best encountered anywhere.
We'd stay any time and recommend this place wholeheartedly to anyone. Fantastic value.
Thanks to both Doreen and Frank for helping to make our C-to-C trek such a wonderful experience. Long may they continue.
Miriam & Jeff Hancock, left on 26 September 2010
Stayed here night of July 14th, arrived to tea in the lounge. Doreen & Frank are great hosts. Very welcoming. We would recommend this B & B.
Mark & Lorna , left on 10 August 2010
Excellent accommodation if you are prepared to by mothered and only twenty yards from the pub.
Howard Park, left on 11 June 2010
One of the gems on the C2C Doreen makes you welcome in her lovely home .Great home cooked food -a wine with dinner and big lunch to see you through the next days walk.A real oasis.
Anne and Peter Jenkins, left on 16 December 2009
What lovely people, probably the best stay we had on the C2C and that is down to Frank and Doreen and their hospitality. Arrived to Tea and tea cakes with cheese (yummy) and the best evening meal all trip. Doreen joined us in the lounge for a small tipple and we can't fault this property at all. Rooms were of a very high standard and food was even better. THANKYOU and can't wait to return
Lorraine, Steve & Charlie, Sheffield, left on 19 October 2009
Doreen and Frank were wonderful hosts. One of my favorite places to stay on the whole C2C.
Chuck Armstrong, June 2009, left on 31 August 2009
Frank and Doreen are fantastic hosts in their wonderful property. Greeted with warm scones and pots of tea, we thoroughly enjoyed staying at The Old School. Our room was large with en-suite facilities and we also had use of the dedicated lounge. If you plan to stay at Danby Wiske, you can't go wrong staying with this wonderful, friendly couple.
Jim Foreman, left on 26 July 2009
Doreen & Frank fussed a bit but made us feel at home with tea and freshly baked scones on arrival. White Swan now closed and awaiting sale. Doreen and her 'assistant' Barbara laid on an ample evening meal.
Andy - 'Belmont Yompers', left on 27 May 2009
Doreen and Frank made us feel very welcome. They did everything possible to make us feel at home.
Its a diamond in the walk.
We can recommend it to everybody.
Ronald and Django van Dolen, left on 27 May 2009
Very pleasant couple. Clean and welcoming!
Steve and Lindy, left on 28 March 2009
Welcome tea on arrival. She washed our muddy gear and coped with her husband being in hospital and cooked evening meal as the pub couldn't. We would have happily cooked and washed for her. Nice room but no drawer space, but oh, the luxury of a bath. Tea making facilities downstairs
Carrie Ross, left on 20 October 2008
Doreen is a lovely hostess -- her husband was in the hospital when we visited, but she carried on valiantly with the help of her daughter Joanne. The White Swan -- don't count on it. Call Doreen and check to see what options you have for an evening meal.
Jeanne and Bonnie, left on 09 October 2008
21/09/08 Unfortunately prior to our stay Frank had been taken poorly and was in hospital however Doreen was doing a grand job of making us feel welcome and ensuring we had an evening as the pub owner was also in hospital. We had a clean room and lovely evening meal.
Lesley and Alison, left on 05 October 2008
Doreen and Frank are excellent hosts. We were welcomed with tea and home made scones and some very friendly chat. The village pub, The White Swan has recently changed hands and the new owners are settling in well, the evening meal was fine. The interesting village church is worth a visit if you arrive early.
John & Rose, left on 05 August 2008
excellent stop over.nice welcome,clean rooms ,great food
grainger group, left on 19 June 2008
Doreen and Frank are wonderful people, we sat in their garden drinkng wine as the sun shone. Frank even cleaned our gaiters for us and hung them up to dry. We cannot recommend this place highly enough- stay here!
Paul and Kate Staines, left on 29 April 2008
We stayed in the Old Schoolhouse in June 2007 and we just loved it. Doreen was such a wonderful host. - very recommendable !
Ilse & Bettina from Germany, left on 04 February 2008
We got to Danby Wiske a bit early so pub closed and not much to do. The B&B was fine but didn't like having our room right off the kitchen. However, very clean and spacious bathroom and comfortable bed. The breakfast was also very good and our hosts just fine. We had dinner in the pub, of course, what else is there to do. Friendly and pretty good food. The hike from Richmond to Danby Wiske was a bit boring. We wished we had carried on further. There's really no reason to stop here. July 2007
Cindy and Joe, Seattle, WA, left on 25 August 2007
Frank and Doreen are real characters who can not do enough to help. After being mercilessly stung by mosquitoes I was covered in huge itchy lumps and Frank managed to find appropriate medication - on a Sunday morrning! Large quantities of wine, beer and whiskey were provided free of charge whilst we were entertained by the vilage gossip. The only downside to this B&B was the size of our twin room which would have more accurately been described as a large cupboard,
julie and pete, left on 18 August 2007
Stayed here just one night on our C2C odyssey; Doreen and Frank are the friendliest and most helpful of hosts offering tea and cake in the garden when we arrived; wine and beers with our evening meal (catered for at the last minute as the local pub landlord was taking most of the village to the Black Sheep brewery for a meal and tasting) and even a load of washing done for us. We had read the glowing tributes to the Old School House which was why we booked it, and are delighted to say that the Legend lives on - highly recommended.
Sue Jill Richard and Tricia Aug 2007, left on 09 August 2007
Great place to stay run by the people who used to run the pub. Very friendly welcome with tea and biscuits. Comfortable but small room (I had the twin bedded room). Breakfast fine. The local pub is a little strange. Somehow the landlord has alienated all the locals, so it was a bit quiet, but the landlord is moving on some time in the near future - so maybe this will change with a new landlord (if they get one).
Nic, left on 25 July 2007
Wonderful stay at The Schoolhouse with separate lounge and access to free drinks! A lovely couple, highly recommended.
Geoff Bowler, left on 27 June 2007
Frank & Doreen were great hosts and we really enjoyed our stay with them.Menu in the pub seemed a little strange and I ended up having Lamb Shank for the second night running(Didn't really fancy anything else that was on offer)Would definately stay here again.
Jeff Pepper, left on 25 June 2007
Very welcoming host and hostess and clean good accomadation and food. Only one complaint and that is we were charged the same for a small twin room with a shared bathroom as another couple with a very large twin room en suite. Think this needs to be amended otherwise perfect.
Mary, left on 08 June 2007
Wonderful care and warmth of hospitality. Very comfortable. The only snag was that the evening meal had to be at a pub which is the only one we've encountered where there is a minimum charge.
C & L Turner, left on 16 November 2006
A great welcome. lovely rooms and a great lounge area. very helpful.
Brickwoods, left on 03 November 2006
The best hosts on route by far! We were made to feel very welcome - a good brew, some cake and biscuits were provided on our arrival.Then at 6.30pm just before the local pub opened Frank and Doreen invited us all to share a beer with them. A lovely way to start our evening. Despite Doreen saying she was behind with her washing she kindly washed and dried our clothes for the following day.
You could tell that Frank and Doreen enjoyed doing B and B and they were good company too.
Definitely recommended!!!!
Ruth and Roy, left on 01 October 2006
Very friendly welcome. Friendly place to stay. Good breakfast. Good accommodation.
George, left on 26 September 2006
Well what can I say? Frank and Doreen are
Alan & Pam, left on 14 September 2006
Stayed here on 27th July
Doreen made us very welcome, putting us in her side of the house incase the late arrival of other guests disturbed us. We were offered tea and cold drinks on arrival and made to feel part of the family. Enjoyed chatting to Doreens' daughter and grandson. Lovely breakfast and packed lunch too. Thank you for a very comfortable stay
Deborah & Gwen, left on 30 August 2006
Not only a highlight of the trip, but a highlight of our lives. Frank and Doreen are quite the couple and know how to have fun with their guests. If you are not up for the fun a quiet night can also be had. But if you want a rousing good time there is no place anywhere on the trail like The Old School. I don't think I can adequately describe what an amazing time we had there. Not only did we feel like we were part of their family, but we also felt like we become instant members of the town. If you make your way to Danby, and you should, there is no other place you should stay. Hope you had a wonderful
Scott and Justine Logan-Bourne, left on 01 August 2006
Probably our favourite B&B on the route. Doreen gave us tea and cherry pie when we arrived and before we knew it our wet, muddy clothes were in the washing machine.

The house was lovely and our room was very large and comfortable but it's the wonderful hosts that really make this place special.
Michael & Jenny, left on 09 July 2006
A truly great place to stop. Doreen's hospitality was unbeatable. The village pub was closed unexpectedly and she put on a dinner for 8 walkers - the home-cooked ham weas out of this world - and helped down nicely by the wine.
Not to be missed !
Keith Ball, left on 03 July 2006
Fantastic hosts and accomodation. Good food & packed lunch, would recommend. However be wary of WHITE SWAN see their entry & comments.
REBECCA & PATRICK, left on 28 June 2006
I wish I could have stayed here another night to chat to Doreen, the best hostess of the Coast to Coast Walk!!! Tea and biscuits etc on arrival, a glass of wine before setting off the 20 yards to the pub, and the warmth and comfort of a real home! Another place where we got to sit with other walkers who then became companions on the rest of the walk. A lovely place!
Doreen makes the best fresh ham sandwich I have ever had….winner of the “sandwich en route” competition!
Jenni Bradbury, left on 29 May 2006
Very happy, friendly and welcoming hosts. A pleasure to talk and stay there. We rang on the off chance and arrived half an hour later to a big pot of tea. Rooms very comfortable and shower lovely and hot. 18th April 2006
L + G, left on 29 April 2006
Doreen was the most charming and informative of hosts. Over several beers she regaled us with the history of Danby Wiske, the devastation caused by the foot and mouth crisis and the wicked ways of the uitlanders from southern England. She was a delight and we enjoyed chatting with her enormously. She provided us with a breakfast which would just about have seen us all the way to RHB. A great place to stay.

George & Kay, New Zealand, June 2005
George & Kay Horsburgh, left on 14 January 2006
After a long flat day's trawl from Richmond, this place was fantastic. Clean comfortable rooms, friendly hosts. Had quality refreshments in the village at Mrs Norris's Tearooms...mmm..enjoy.
Susan and Ivor Churches, left on 08 December 2005
Very friendly and accomodating hosts, particularly happy to welcome walkers and keen to chat in the guest lounge. Good breakfast.
Jenny Talbot, left on 30 September 2005
This was our favourite place on the whole walk. A fantastic warm welcome with a cold beer in the garden, followed by tea and biscuits. Frank and Doreen made us feel so welcome, we didn't want to leave.
Martin and Liz Horsfield, left on 16 August 2005
We really enjoyed our stay here. Frank was a charming host (Doreen was away ..). We were welcomed with a nice tea, and enjoyed breakfast coversation with Frank.
Steve and Linda Brick, left on 09 January 2005
Had a very enjoyable stay in July this year. Very comfortable accommodation and a warm welcome by our hosts. We also met other walkers here and in The Old Swan that night and had a good time exchanging notes. Great breakfast.
Martin & Maureen Shipley, left on 07 November 2004
Wonderful place, wonderful people. Really neat house (check out all the historical photographs and ask the proprietor about
Gene Whitright, left on 13 October 2004
We had the big en-suite room on the main floor -- we felt as if we were "personal guests" in Frank & Doreen's home. These folks were very charming and accommodating. Had a good meal at the White Swan (which was once owned and operated by Frank & Doreen). We and several walkers had a great time socializing, drinking tea & coffee, and munching too many biscuits in the living room.
Ron and Kay, left on 03 October 2004
Frank and Doreen were fantastically good hosts and made us feel very welcome. The guests' sitting room is comfortable and the bedrooms upstairs light and bright. Frank made us laugh as soon as we arrived and continued to do so all the time we were there.
Rose Moore, left on 27 September 2004
Great welcome. Offered to do any washing straight away without being asked.
Gill and Mike Mckever, left on 20 September 2004
This is a great B&B. Frank and Doreen were very welcoming giving us coffee, beer and doing our laundry. Great breakfast as well. After a boring days walk it was lovely to have such a welcome.
Joanne, left on 20 September 2004
We had a very small twin room here and shared a bathroom. No problem with value for money though and, of course, choice is limited in Danby. Hosts very welcoming
Pam, Ken, Denise and Michael, left on 06 September 2004
We enjoyed the hospitality at the Old Schoolhouse. Frank and Doreen did everything they could to make us comfortable, from tea and beer, helping us find accommodations for the next evening, laundry, and lunch. Breakfast was delicious. Many fond memories of our stay here.
Karen Shavin, left on 18 June 2004
Very welcoming and the most comfortable beds of the whole route. Evening meal in the pub was good too - no frills home cooking. The landlord gave me two chocolates from his Easter egg. We loved it here.
Verity Bullough, left on 23 May 2004
The best accomodation of all along the route, in every way, and the best value. Not to be missed. May 2003
Sally and Michael Woodley, left on 14 June 2003
Just when we thought our stay in Richmond couldn't be topped. Man, this is a nice place.
Howard Smale, left on 29 May 2003
This was a very comfortable, beautifully looked after stop along the C2C and should not be missed. Really lovely bedrooms - separate sitting room - big radox bath. Lyn was very welcoming and helpful, and breakfast was delicious. Book dinner at the 'White Swan'.
Jen Bath 17th Sept 2002, left on 30 September 2002
Very friendly and considerate. First class accommodation and breakfast. I hope to go back and complete the walk starting here. (I had to cut the walk short here because of a damaged knee)
Keith Rustidge, left on 24 July 2002


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