Traddock? It means a trading paddock, and this hotel stands in a field that was forever used for this purpose. It’s a grey stone house on the edge of a mostly pretty village, part of the scenery and ideally located for the big walks in the south-western Yorkshire Dales.
Renovated and fully refurbished by the Reynoldses in 2002, original features and country antiques sit comfortably alongside new furniture and fabrics in confident ‘country house’ taste. The three sitting rooms, one spacious and well proportioned, are quirkily linked by the bar, the standing area in front of it doubling as a passage.
Our reporter’s room was again in good country house taste – pine chest, pine wardrobe, rusty-red wall paper nicely offsetting cream-yellow paintwork. With the lounge featuring a log fireplace and canine-companions allowed all year round, the hotel provides a cosy base from which one can explore the beauty of the surrounding area.