When is a B&B not a B&B? I’d heard talk about a new breed of modern B&Bs that had more in common with luxury hotels than the chintz of stereotypical B&Bs, but I’d never experienced it for myself – mainly because I spend all my money on long haul holidays and have none left to spend on shorter breaks!
A couple of weeks ago we headed to Hebden Bridge for a wedding. If your impression of Hebden is based on Happy Valley you should definitely reassess – it’s is a gem of a town that could rival any in the Lakes for a rural weekend away. Nestled in a lush valley, expect beautiful views, good restaurants, local markets and quaint coffee shops. Judging by the amount of lycra on display, it’s also a pretty good place for cyclists, hikers and runners. Hebden Bridge is known as ‘the home of creativity’, and is something of a mecca for bohemians and artists. This hippie bent is evidenced by cozy galleries, frequent festivals and some of the UK’s best independent shopping.
Moyles Signature B&B is a stone-walled Victorian townhouse located on a busy street in the heart of Hebden – within walking distance from shops and the railway station. There’s no dedicated parking but there are some cheap car pars a couple of minutes walk away. It’s obvious immediately that this isn’t a standard B&B – the vibe is modern and stylish, as demonstrated by the iconic Philippe Starck ghost chairs in the breakfast area. The building was damaged in the floods, but you’d be hard pressed to spot any damage after the recent refurbishment – everything is gleaming and new.
It’s safe to say that the rooms don’t disappoint. The highlights?
- Ground coffee and cafetiere (who needs instant!)
- Flat screen tv
- Insanely comfortable giant bed
- Ultra modern bathroom with organic toiletries
- Views of the hills
Each room has its own flavour, reflected by names such as Mediterranean, Oriental and Cinema. We were in the Cosmopolitan room, which combined deep blue walls with antique dark wood furniture and a sleek walk in shower. Other rooms boast slipper baths and unique design touches. The king sized bed was the perfect balance between squishy and hard, with an enormous crisp cotton quilt. One of the things I was most impressed about was the attention to detail – the branding on the huge glass shower cubicle, the organic toiletries, the abundance of mirrors, the giant thick towels.
So…that’s the bed, but what about the breakfast? I’d seen the breakfasts mentioned in a few reviews of Moyles, so my hopes were high, and I wasn’t disappointed. Forget the full english – although that is available if you want it – Moyles is modern to its core, and spoils guests with a ‘first course’ of muesli or toast or cereal, followed by a choice of locally sourced mains, including smashed avocado, black pudding with poached egg on Donker bread, and french toast with bacon and maple syrup. There is also a selection of pastries and fruits which you can help yourself to, if you aren’t absolutely stuffed. We chose the muesli – which was delicious – followed by the french toast, which was possibly the best french toast I’ve ever had. Portions were massive, and the perfect way to soothe a wedding induced hangover or fire you up for a day of walking the hills.
Things to do in Hebden Bridge:
- Visit the famous Picturehouse Cinema
- Spend the day browsing artisan shops
- Cruise the Rochdale Canal
- Explore the Hardcastle Crags
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