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Like most parts of Britain, we have been enjoying an unprecedented run of fantastic weather. Each day we are greeted with huge expanses of blue sky and the sun has been constantly shining.
This means that guests have been making the most of outdoor living at The Old Vicarage - from alfresco meals in the garden to taking picnics down to the private stretch of river and just sitting watching the cool moving water under the shade of the river bank trees.
For those venturing out and about, there has been the temptation of the local ice-cream parlour in nearby Reeth or the numerous pub beer gardens that provide welcome refreshments whilst exploring the Dales by foot, bike or car.
There are also plenty of summer activities, with open gardens, outdoor theatre and the popular agricultural shows for which the Dales are renowned. You just can't beat it!
We are very pleased to announce that The Old Vicarage has once again been awarded a 5-Star Gold Award from VisitEngland following an assessment visit last month.
This is the highest rating possible in this national scheme for benchmarking the standard of holiday accommodation and the property has now achieved this grade each year since it re-opened under its present ownership.
In the March 2018 assesment, best possible scores of 100% were awarded in three of the categories for cleanliness, management & efficiency, and recreational facilities. We are particularly thrilled by the 100% score for cleanliness having been told that this is almost impossible to achieve!
The report describes The Old Vicarage as: "A beautifully presented property offering excellent quality accommodation, located in an area of outstanding natural beauty with excellent levels of cleanliness throughout." It highlights the brand new feature family bathroom and the "first class in-house personal touches, welcome pack and personal welcome."
The assessor also noted that "the beds offer superior levels of comfort with crisp white linens and excellent fine lofty bedding" together with the "gleaming" kitchen, "sparkling" bathroom fittings and "spotless presentation."