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Friday, 24 October 2014

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Chocolate lover’s dream come true

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CHOCOLATE HEAVEN: The Wensleydale Heifer – above, bedroom, above right, exterior and, below right, dining room

WITH Easter just gone and having stuffed myself silly with a mammoth amount of chocolate, you would assume I would be sick of the sight of the calorific confectionary.

But a self-confessed chocoholic I found myself heading to the Yorkshire Dales for a night at the Wensleydale Heifer hotel, planning to continue my chocolate binge.

Situated between the picturesque villages of Leyburn and Hawes, the boutique bed and breakfast boasts 14 themed rooms. And despite an impressive variety of choice, ranging from champagne to Middleham racing themes, my sweet tooth saw me opting for the chocolate room.

Advertised as the chocolate lover’s dream, the website promised a Super king-size four poster bed, an En-suite bathroom with hydrospa bath, mirror effect television with waterproof remote control, and most importantly – ‘As Much Chocolate as You Can Eat’!

Deciding to skip dinner to make room for our sweet treats, we arrived in the sleepy village of West Witton, at 7pm on a Thursday evening.

And after struggling to find a space to park, (which is always a good sign), we were excited to discover what the award-winning hotel had in store.

Ducking through the quaint doorway, suitcase in tow, we were greeted by a huge roaring fire and a lively looking entrance room.

The reception area can be found next to the hotel bar and after making our way through the bustling pub, we were relieved to be seen to quickly by the manager.

Swiftly taken upstairs to our room, we were given a quick run through of how to use the hotels amenities and left grinning like a pair of school children who had suddenly been handed the keys to a sweet shop.

Barely even having chance to unpack, we delved into the stashes of Cadbury’s mini chocolates littered around the room and flicked through the impressive Blu-Ray collection to experiment with 3D television.

Shortly after our chocolate cravings were sated and our fascination with the gadgets in the room waning, we decided to scrub up and head to the bar for a light snack and a couple of drinks.

The Wensleydale Heifer has an award-winning, record-breaking seafood restaurant but unfortunately due to the vast amounts of sickly sweets we had just consumed we could only manage a few nibbles washed down with a glass of wine.

Decked out with sea grass flooring and rattan chairs the fish bar’s nautical theme was in keeping with its seafood menu. And designed in the style of the saucy Bamforth postcards that have had people chortling for many years, the toilets showcased the best of British eccentricity and tongue in cheek humour – which certainly beat reading the advertising normally found adorning toilet walls.

After wetting our whistles we decided to call it a night and head to bed, and what a bed it was.

Treated to a sumptuous four-poster with lustrous Egyptian linen sheets (as standard for every room) provided the perfect end to a lovely evening.

And both sleeping right the way through, we were relieved we had remembered to set an alarm.

Waking up bright and early-ish for breakfast we thankfully managed to shy away from consuming anymore sugar-laden delicacies and entered, for the first time, the charming main dining room of the Wensleydale Heifer.

Despite an array of healthy cereals, yoghurts and fruit juices we both opted for a Full English Breakfast, which proved to be wholesome and well-cooked.

Bellies full and definitely a few pounds heavier we left the Wensleydale Heifer ready for a day exploring the hidden delights of the dales.

And having sneakily packed a few of the left over chocolates in my bag, it is safe to say, that I have not been cured of my cocoa addiction.

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