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Accommodation Details Willance House
24 Frenchgate, Richmond North YorkshireDL10 7AG
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Comments by walkers who stayed at Willance House in Richmond on The Coast to Coast Path
On top of the hill, so you don't have to walk down and back up the very steep hill to get dinner. Very helpful host with drying rack in the main room, a boot drying closet with newspapers to soak up the moisture, scrubbed the mud off our rain pants. We had two loads of laundry done. It was dried in the fresh air and perfectly folded. Room was large and very comfortable. Complementary fudge and shortbread. Nice breakfast alternatives
Norm & Bonnie Kern, left on 29 October 2015
Absolutely fantastic, most probably the best B&B I have ever stayed in and best by far on my C2C route.
Neill Aitken, left on 01 August 2015
What a delight. Very helpful and friendly hosts and wonderful accommodation. My room provided views of the river and was warm, comfortable and clean. One of the best quality breakfasts on the C2C, for which the hosts have quite rightly won awards.
Highly recommended, I have already done so to my friends and family.
P.Long, left on 02 June 2015
Outstanding accommodation and wonderful breakfast. Very friendly and helpful hosts. We would love to return.
Chris and Paul W, left on 21 September 2013
This interesting B&B was outstanding in every way. The hosts were really friendly, the twin room & ensuite was stunningly decorated and furnished and the breakfast was indeed award winning with a choice of fruits and pastries and smoked haddock. This was exceptionally good value accommodation and a very comfortable nights sleep. Thank you.
Pearl and Abbie, left on 24 July 2013
Fantastic B&B with excellent service and great generousity. Lovely room and breakfast
Angela and Hannibal, left on 05 June 2013
What a gem! A beautiful old house steeped in history - Robert Willance connection for you C2C walkers. Very well run and organisation par excellence! Another wet day and Colin warmly greeted us with places to put our damp stuff and a boot room to dry boots and tea and biscuits to warm us thro. Cookies and sweets in the room a nice touch as well as the fresh milk kept cool in a mini flask.The best breakfast menu I have ever seen - 3 fish options - eggs florentine - plenty of freshly chopped fruit - home made bread etc etc all prepared with so much attention - it was a pure delight! Thank you Colin and Sandra. Stayed 6th July 2012
Sheila, Liz Trisha & Anne Marie, left on 12 July 2012
We stayed here on the first night of the second half of C2C. Arrived tired and damp from Keld and were made welcome, boots stuffed with paper to dry and tea and bicuits provided. Lovely room with lots of little extra touches, good advice on which pub to eat at, and delicious breakfast next day with home made bread. Great egg mayo sandwich in packed lunch.
David Crawford, left on 17 June 2011
Best B&B on the C2C. Colin and Sandra go the extra mile to make you feel at home. A lovely room and the best breakfast with Colin`s home made bread toasted and all the chopped fruit.
Pauline & David , left on 30 May 2011
Lovely old house, great accomodation, one of the best breakfasts, very friendly and helpful hosts, highly recommended
Stephen & Lorraine, left on 08 May 2011
A warm welcome was extended to us from the owners of this extremely well organised B&B. Whilst the room was a little too small for the evening stretch-routine, this was made up for by the great service (laundry in a few hours, warmed boot cupboard and great tips on eating out in the evening). Breakfast was really top notch and it wasn't a suprise to hear the place was always full and that the owners had hardly stopped all season. A great little place to enjoy Richmond from. And yes; we couldn't get into the Italian either - but the French Bistro in the centre of town was uttlerly fabulous, so do try it! October 2010
Julianne and Sue, left on 17 April 2011
Colin and Sandra have a fantastic house and will do your laundry for a minimum fee - very good timing for us. The number one breakfast on the trail!. Be sure to try dinner at the La Piazza 2.
Diane and Ross Meacher, left on 10 January 2011
We thoroughly enjoyed our two nights here at this lovely old house in a quiet, quaint, cobbled street close to town centre. This was our first day off after 7 days of good walking on the C-to-C and we can heartily recommend this town & Guest House to anyone doing the same.
Sandra and Colin were extremely obliging and helpful, providing spotlessly clean, beautifully appointed, well functioning facilities in their lovely historic house. The breakfast was exactly what we appreciate: loads of interesting fresh fruit, not just run-of-the-mill cereals, cooked veggie food.
Thank you both for helping to make our holiday so memorable.
Miriam & Jeff Hancock, left on 26 September 2010
Warm welcome, comfortable room, good breakfast and packed lunch. Central for eating. If you want an italian book early.
Margaret, left on 19 September 2010
Stayed here for 2 nights on our C 2 C (left on 14th July 2010). I certainly agree with all the comments so far. Situated very central. Best breakfasts on the whole of the C 2 C. Attention to detail was first class. Anyone thinking about setting up a B & B should stay here for a night to see how its done. Best view from a shower cubicle i have every had. Cannot recommend this B & B enough.
Mark & Lorna , left on 05 August 2010
Our best C2C stay and one of the best B & B's we've ever found. We stayed 4 nights in all; before, during and after our walk and each time the hospitality was excellent in every way. Rooms spacious, showers powerful, beds comfortable, Egyptian cotton sheets and fluffy towels luxurious, breakfast of the highest quality and choice. Particularly suited to C2C walkers because of location and excellent value AND this was our only stopover where our luggage was carried to our rooms, where breakfast time was flexible to accommodate an early start to St Bees and Danby and where our laundry was washed and returned neatly folded for a very modest fee. Superb.
Jane McNamara & Richard Breeze, left on 13 July 2010
Excellent place to stay on the Coast to Coast. Warm welcome, high class accommodation and great breakfast, freshly cooked. Close to pubs for evening meal..
John Taylor, left on 13 June 2010
Of all the B&B's we stayed at during the coast to coast walk in May this year this was the best. The bedroom was lovely, the shower superb and the omelette we had for breakfast was to die for. If you get the chance stay here.

Claire and Phil Port, left on 07 June 2010
May 2010. Excellent B&B. Colin and Sandra really go out of their way to make your stay as comfortable as possible. We spent a rest day here and cannot fault the accommodation. The room twin bed/en suite was well appointed with everything you need easy chair, bathroom amenities, TV, tea and coffee and we turned in two bags of very smelly laundry which came back a lot cleaner and fresher. The buffet and cooked breakfast would not be out of place in a 5* hotel. A variety of fresh fruit and cereals with, wonders of wonders, ginger and cinnamon on the side. (Im a big fan of both of these spices.) This B&B is highly recommended.
Ben & Carol Bennetts, left on 01 June 2010
Excellent B&B, great welcome (tea and cake), very comfy twin with a great shower and a really nice breakfast. Took full advantage of the laundry service too!
Mike & Craig, left on 25 May 2010
Very good value at this well-located guest house. Some of the most tasteful and comfortable accommodation we encountered on the C2C route, and an excellent breakfast. In-house laundry service available, and the landlords even washed our mucky gaiters for us. Highly recommended.
Benjamin Priestman, left on 16 April 2010
Warm welcome and great room in a great B&B.
Breakfast was excellent and one of the best on C2C.One of the few places to offer full laundry service which was a bonus.
Highly recommended and would stay again.
Craig & Wendy (Sept 2009), left on 16 October 2009
Superb in all departments. We voted this the best B&B on our September 2009 c2c walk out of the 17 we stayed in. A lovely period home and a beautifully renovated B&B. We received a warm welcome. Accommodation was spotless and stylish with all the niceties we could wish for. Breakfast was excellent and offered more of a variety than any others. A professional and committed couple who have achieved an outstanding B&B. Our only regret was that we booked for only the one night!
Excellent value.
R Steele, left on 06 October 2009
Very good welcome, with wonderful room and bathroom. The house has so much character. Another very good laundry service. One of the best breakfasts on the whole trip and with plenty of selection too; the fresh fruit at this stage was much appreciated. Would definitely return in the future.
Stayed 30/8/09
Jon and Shelley, left on 27 September 2009
Great accomodation and the best breakfast on our whole walk June2009
Ken &Sharon Andrews, left on 03 July 2009
A great place to stay-lovely accomodation, very comfortable with a wonderful breakfast including a good choice of fresh fruit. Colin and Sandra were extremely welcoming and helpful and even arranged for Sherpa van to pick us up directly from Willance House for our return journey to Kirkby Stephen. We would definitely stay again.
Jean & Nick Harrison, left on 01 July 2009
Colin and Sandra's calm welcome was really appreciated even though we turned up with three extra walkers who had joined us for the day. The rooms were good and breakfast very good. Though a 400 year old building the accommodation and service was bang up to date.
Andy - 'Belmont Yompers', left on 27 May 2009
Most historic accommodation on route
Laundry service was very timely
Interesting location to spend an extra day
August 08
Alexander Daughtry, left on 04 December 2008
High quality B & B, centrally positioned, with the most comfortable beds and the best breakfast - lots of fresh fruit and even croissants. You have to wait 15 mins for your cooked breakfast as they cook it to order. Light sleepers be aware that the church clock chimes every quarter hour.
Carrie Ross, left on 20 October 2008
21/09/08 A beautiful B&B with a very friendly welcome with tea and biscuits on arrival. Lovely room and ensuite. A wonderful breakfast and packed lunch. Certainly worth a revisit.
Lesley and Alison, left on 05 October 2008
Absolutely fantastic. Hosts could not do enough for us, breakfast a real delight. Bedroom very comfortable. Have already recommended to people we met enroute and will continue to do so.
Annette Compton, left on 07 September 2008
As others have said this was one of the best B+Bs on route. Very nice old house and lovely room. Tea and biscuits on arrival and really good breakfasts. Perfect to have a rest day in Richmond and stay a couple of nights - owners provide good value laundry service.
Tom and Kate, left on 24 August 2008
This was the best b&b of our coast to coast walk.
Colin and Sandra could not have been more helpful and the breakfast was wonderful. The house was full of character and beautifully furnished. Our stay was just too short and we will have to return one day for a longer visit.
June 2008
Keith & Janet Capp, left on 11 August 2008
We walked the path in April 2006. You will not find better hosts. They went out of their way and helped us hire a car as we were leaving the trail in Richmond and from the US we kept getting routed to the more southern Richmond. The hospitality was grand and the rooms more than comfortable. We will be back to stay with them when we return to finish the route!
Martha Mauser, left on 06 August 2008
I've stayed at Willance House before under the previous management, and it's a lovely quaint old building in a historic part of the town, but with all the mod cons you could wish for. You're well looked after here by a conscientious younger couple who take their work and your stay very seriously; they might be well advised though to project a little more relaxed attitude with regard to explaining all the ins and outs of things. Definitely recommended.
Mike & Nic, left on 30 July 2008
Willance House was one of our favorites on the walk. The inn was built in the early 1600's, but has been refurbished in an appropriate way. Colin and Sandra served the best breakfast of our walk. They put in a lot of effort to ensure that we had everything that we might need. The room was very comfortable and the bath was quite new. Richmond was a real treat and a great stop for a rest day. Don't miss touring the old theatre. Also the old rail station has be very nice restaurant with unique food.
Dave and Cynthia, South Carolina, USA, left on 28 July 2008
Lovely B&B. Room luxurious. Food excellent. Hosts friendly and welcoming. What else can we say! Stayed 20th May 2008
Janet Penfold, left on 11 June 2008
Best B & B on C2C!!!
Dirk Venten, left on 26 May 2008
Sandra and Colin are the perfect hosts and Willance House is a gem. Step back in time and enjoy the ambience of a bygone age coupled with modern comforts and a breakfast fit for a king and queen.
Douglas and Morag Buck, left on 21 November 2007
I think its all been said before.myself and my partner had two wonderfull nights here and is our favorite on the c2c.well done colin and sandra.
tuks, left on 23 October 2007
This was one of the most luxurious places we stayed at on our C2C walk. The level of investment the present owners have been prepared to undertake makes me worried in their place. Walkers are made to feel very welcome even when they arrive in the middle of the afternoon, as we did. The breakfast is a miracle of tastefulness both for the palate and the eye. It matches the quality of the beds and bathrooms, not to mention the digital TV. And of course Richmond has plenty of facilities for eating out in the evening. (We dined at the Black Lion Hotel on the Market Square: posh, but affordable menu!)
Gert and family, left on 20 October 2007
Stayed Monday 3rd September.

We shared a twin en-suite room which was scupulously clean and well appointed. One of us had been before so we knew to expect the highest standard of comfort and service. Colin and Sandra and excellent hosts warm and friendly but very professional. They will do well. We shall certainly return. This was the very best of our accomodation on the C.Book Early!!
Colin Huntley, left on 16 October 2007
Left Monday 17th Sept. 2007.
What can I say that others haven't said before me. This is probably the most comfortable stay on the entire walk. Power showers en-suite, great TV, superb selection drinks on the tea tray and a most comfortable bed.
Breakfast was served early especially for me (off to Osmotherley) and was delicious. It is apparent that Colin and Sandra take as much care in selecting the food as they have in sympathetically up-dating Willance House.
A pleasure to have shared the accomodation with you both.
Thank you
Dave Partridge, left on 13 October 2007
A beautiful old house, now very smart and newly refurbished, but also very friendly and welcoming to walkers. Excellent breakfast. Well recommended.
Fenella and Mark Jackson, left on 04 August 2007
Stayed 14th July 2007. Without a doubt, the best place we stayed on our coast to coast walk! Fantastic room, great bed, and terrific powerful en-suite shower room! Outstanding breakfast buffet and freshly cooked breakfast. Minor letdown were lunchtime sandwiches. We would highly recommend Willance House.
Tim and Dot, left on 29 July 2007
Delightful updated historic property in central location. Sandra & Colin were diligent hosts. Our accommodation was very comfortable and well appointed. Digital TV & four poster bed! Great breakfast with the best sausages that we experienced on C2C.Would have liked to stay on for further night had time allowed.

July 2007
Philip Beddard & Judith Dale, left on 20 July 2007
Excellent B&B. Sandra is a charming and friendly hostess.
Monique & Jerry from Arizona, USA stayed on June 19.
Monique & Jerry , left on 05 July 2007
Willance House is an attractive building with historical interest in a quiet street of other attractive old buildings. The new owners have clearly put a lot of effort into a tasteful and sympathetic refurbishment since last year making this a very comfortable place to stay. There is nothing historical about the new bathrooms however, which are a picture of modern luxury. In particular, the new power showers must take Willance House from back marker to front runner in the best shower on the walk competition. The new owners are clearly trying hard to please and you will be assured of a very warm welcome.
Kevin and Liinda Martin, left on 07 June 2007
What a delight to stay at Willance House. We spent 2 nights here as part of a much needed rest day and couldn't have been anywhere nicer. The rooms are wonderfully restored and refurbished to a stylish but very comfortable standard and they retain much of their original character. The house has tremendous character, is warm and wlecoming and the owners simply can not do enough to please. The breakfast selection is fantastic with local and fresh ingredients used and a great variety of fresh fruit salads. Someone earlier said that this could quite possibly end up being the best B & B on the C 2 C and it was without a doubt. Other places had their own charm and good points for various reason but his was by far the best place overall.
The Simpsons, left on 05 June 2007
Booking was done purely on the character and location of Willance House and not the reviews, which were at best mixed and at worst, poor. So to find new owners who took pleasure in providing a first class service was a turn up for the books and made for an excellent stay. Highly recommended. Left 17.6.06
Mark Chapman/Mark Warford, left on 02 November 2006
The Willance House was purchased by the current owners this year and I think they are bound to end up as one of the most popular B&Bs on the route. The house is very comfortable and the owners are as helpful as could be. Our group spent two nights there and would have gladly stayed a week if we had not planned on doing the entire C2C. Wonderful people and accomodations. Richmond is a great place for a rest day. Good restaurants, shops and interesting sights.
Larry Murtaugh, left on 02 October 2006
We loved Willance House. The rooms were lovely, comfortable and clean and Colin and Sandra were fabulous hosts. The laundry service they provide was extremely welcome and they even got up extra early to make our breakfast so that we could be off early. Definitely recommend and would love to go back one day. Thanks to you both.
Paul and Julie Milligan, left on 19 September 2006
Four of us stayed here on August 19 2006

An excellent warm reception. Plenty of room to get in with you packs, and get your boots off.

The offer of a 7.30 breakfast to give us a good start on the 23 miles to Ingleby Cross was really appreciated, and the full breakfast was great.

Good showers plenty of hot water, comfortable beds.
Kelvin Watson, left on 31 August 2006
Hi, Just to introduce ourselves as the new owners of Willance House.

Special thanks to those who have already contributed to the feedback section with such positive comments.

We are keen to provide a comfortable and relaxed stay to make Willance House one of the highlights of your journey.

We look forward to meeting you.

Sandra and Colin Willoughby, left on 24 July 2006
New owners and they have made a great start. Very welcoming and accomodating and keen to listen to your views. Accomodation of a high standard as is the breakfast and packed lunch. If you are stuck where to eat at night can recommend the Italian that is over the market square - easy to miss the entrance (nearly opposite the Kings Head Hotel).
Neil Taylor, left on 19 July 2006
A very warm welcome from the very new owners Sandra and Colin. Sandra was even waiting at the door for my arrival! They are very keen to understand walkers needs. A very comfortable room with good ensuite. The breakfast was the best on the whole walk, with a superb fresh fruit selection to start. I wish them every success.
Barney Thomas, left on 06 July 2006
I stayed here on 21 June. I note the comments of Stuart Greig and offer an explanation - the previous tenant moved out towards the end of May and perhaps that is why the welcome was not as expected. Sandra & her husband have recently taken over Willance House and can I say they have made a first class start. I found everything to be excellent from the welcome, tea on arrival, spacious and comfortable room, outstanding breakfast with just about every choice you can imagine and excellent packed lunch. I would certainly stay in this historic house again and would recommend others to do so.
Ernie, left on 29 June 2006
Not the usual friendly welcome I had become used to from B&B's on the C2C, this was more in line with the pub accommodation, rather business-like and official.

Was looking forward to a refreshing shower after walking in rain for 5 hours, but the pathetic dribble from the en-suite unit was useless and produced either boiling hot or ice cold water.
The electric shredder in the en-suite toilet meant that quiet toiletry in the middle of the night was out of the question.

Room was large enough to hang wet stuff up to dry though, so that was in its favour.

Breakfast was of a good standard and served early enough to allow a good start for the 23 miles to Ingleby Cross.
Stuart Greig, left on 15 May 2006
A wonderful building on a quaint cobbled street in the centre of Richmond.

A nice room with four-poster bed and a big ensuite bathroom.

There was also a lovely sitting room with log fire.
Michael and Jenny, left on 06 May 2006
Willance seems to have received mixed reviews, although I can't imagine why! The house is charming, and host very acommodating, and the location perfect for a day and evening in Richmond. The double room was perfectly comfortable and the bath hot and delightful. This is purported to be the oldest house in Richmond - check out the original door. August 2005
Richard Fried, left on 09 September 2005
We stayed two nights here and loved it - our four poster bed was very comfortable, we had a bath in our ensuite, (something we'd been desperate for for days), hosts were friendly and the house was beautiful. Richmond pubs are not the best, but the New Frenchgate cafe, 2 mins walk from this B&B has the best food on the whole walk.
Liz and Martin Horsfield, left on 16 August 2005
Although this B & B is housed in a fascinating building, our stay was rather unmemorable. After a slightly diffident welcome, our room was spacious enough; although there are issues with the plumbing which, I think, could have been installed more sympathetically in keeping with the age of the property. Breakfast was adequate, but nothing special, felt that the landlady would prefer not to be. We were also very disappointed with Richmond itself - pubs unfriendly, a long search to find anywhere half decent to eat. Would definitely miss it out if we were to repeat the C2C.
Patricia & Raymond Dockney, left on 30 July 2005
I don't understand the mixed reviews. We had a wonderful experience and were excited to spend the night is a house that is 400 years old.

Our hosts were extremely friendly, the food was good, and we greatly enjoyed watching the England-Australia cricket match with our hosts before going out to dinner.
Brian Anderson, left on 10 June 2005
It appears this B&B has received a mixed review. Although I was not unhappy with my stay, others were definately better. The house plumbing is a bit stressed, and the breakfast was rather dull and uninspiring.
Gillian Clarke, left on 04 June 2005
Stayed here for our 1st night pre walk. Our early start did not impress so only had cereal for breakfast - not even a cup of tea on offer. Our return some days later was better although we had a worse room (small twin rather than the double requested). Nice sitting room with fire.
Gill and Mike Mckever, left on 20 September 2004
Very disapointed with this B&B, Bed was very uncomfortable although extremely large!

Would agree with others that its better to press on to Bolton on Swale.

Next time would give this B&B a miss.
Folkard Family, left on 09 September 2004
I disagree with Leo and Catherine. It is after all the oldest house in Richmond. The house is beautiful and my single room, though up in the roof was very comfortable and my on suite was adaquate (shower, washhand basin and loo) + clean towels and tea or coffee making facilities. Choice of breakfast was good.
Tom Courtney, left on 15 August 2004
The house has a fantastic history and the hosts were friendly, however the en-suite facilities in the double room in which we stayed were poky, not very clean and also very noisy. The bed was not particularly comfortable and the decor left much to be desired. All in all although Richmond is a fascinating town we felt that, having arrived at around 2pm, we would have been wiser to continue on, for example to Bolton on Swale, to shorten the next day.
Leo and Catherine, left on 15 July 2004
Lovely house - full of character - lived up to expectations.
Friendly welcome.
Very handy for town.
Tony, left on 02 June 2004
Great place to stay. What a character house. Our twin bedded room very comfortable. Great Indian restaurant a couple of minutes away.
Ray Downes. Fremantle, Australia
Ray and Susan Downes, left on 29 September 2003
Willance House is wonderfully placed for anyone staying in Richmond - even if they are not doing the C2C. (I cycled this year - because of the F & M epidemic - and it was a very worthwhile and enjoyable experience.
The guest house has excellent rooms, is very close to the town centre and is oozing with history.
Keith Fielding, left on 24 April 2001


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