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Fox and Hounds Inn

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Inn with 8 rooms £89-£135 prpnb


Fox & Hounds Inn, Ainthorpe, Whitby

Fox & Hounds Inn, Ainthorpe, Whitby

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45 Brook Lane,
YO21 2LD


Dated back to 1555, The Fox & Hounds at Ainthorpe is a traditional country inn set in the heart of the North York Moors.

Offering 9 comfortable en-suite bedrooms, a popular bar and restaurant with spacious outdoor seating, as well as doorstep access to local footpaths, bridleways and cycle routes, The Fox & Hounds is the ideal destination for your visit to one of the UK’s most stunning National Parks.

Located less than 1 mile away from the North York Moors Visitor Centre and 2 miles from the Yorkshire Cycle Hub, our historic inn is conveniently situated for visitors wishing to explore on two feet, two wheels or four hooves.

The pretty fishing villages of Yorkshire’s heritage coast are less than 20 minutes by car and a railway station in adjoining Danby offers visitors easy access to the moorland villages along the Esk Valley and busy seaside town of Whitby.

The historic City of York, with its celebrated Minster and famous shopping street ‘The Shambles’ is easily accessible by car and Castle Howard, one of Britain’s finest stately homes, is just a short drive away.

A former coaching inn, our bedrooms offer picturesque views across the North York Moors National Park. All rooms are en-suite with 32” Freeview televisions and provide complimentary tea and coffee. Our traditional Swedish sauna is the perfect way to relax after a long day walking, cycling or riding, or if you would prefer something more energetic, guests have free access to local tennis courts.

The Fox & Hounds has been accredited Dark Skies Friendly, and we supply red torches, binoculars and sky maps for any guests wishing to take advantage of our fantastic night skies during their stay.

Onsite drying facilities and secure cycle store make us a welcome stopover for travellers tackling long distance routes such as Wainwright’s Coast-to-Coast or the Cleveland Way National Trail. We can provide a pick-up and drop-off service for smaller groups, as well as an early breakfast option and pack-up lunch for your onward journey.

Our licensed bar offers a range of traditional cask conditioned beers, continental lagers and quality wines, and at The Fox & Hounds we are proud to serve locally sourced meat, vegetables and seafood. Our menu is a selection of tasty, home-cooked dishes prepared freshly on site by our Head Chef, Rachel and her team. Specific dietary requirements catered for, please enquire for more details.

Food is served daily from 12:00-14:00 and 18:00-21:00 (17:00-20:00 on Sundays).
We are dog friendly.

Children welcomeRadioTelevisionTea/coffee making in bedroomsLicenced (table or bar)Packed lunches providedSpecial diets availableIroning facilitiesPrivate parkingGardenTotally non-smokingDisabled facilitiesCentral heatingElectric shaver pointsTelephone (public)Television availableGames room onsiteFishingPony trekking/horse-ridingShootingGolf available (onsite or nearby)Snooker/billiards/pool onsiteRestaurant open to non-residentsVisa/Mastercard/Switch acceptedPublic house/InnDogs/pets accepted by arrangementVegetarian diet availableAmerican Express acceptedWiFi or internet accessSingle sex groups welcomedEvening mealsHairdryerHigh chairs availableCots availableReal log/coal fires

Children welcome from any age.



45 Brook Lane,
YO21 2LD



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Map reference: NZ 704077  Lat: 54.45981 Long: -0.91551

Road directions:

Turn off the A171 Whitby to Guisborough road following signs for Danby. Then follow local signs to Ainthorpe. The Fox and Hounds Inn is signposted off Ainthorpe Lane. Postcode for satelite navigation is YO21 2LD. Please note avoid Strait Lane as it is very narrow, keep to Ainthorpe Lane, then Brook Lane.

Public transport directions:

From Danby train station, exit station turn right.

We are quarter of a mile from here.


  • Children welcomeChildren welcome
  • RadioRadio
  • TelevisionTelevision
  • Tea/coffee making in bedroomsTea/coffee making in bedrooms
  • Licenced (table or bar)Licenced (table or bar)
  • Packed lunches providedPacked lunches provided
  • Special diets availableSpecial diets available
  • Ironing facilitiesIroning facilities
  • Private parkingPrivate parking
  • GardenGarden
  • Totally non-smokingTotally non-smoking
  • Disabled facilitiesDisabled facilities
  • Central heatingCentral heating
  • Electric shaver pointsElectric shaver points
  • Telephone (public)Telephone (public)
  • Television availableTelevision available
  • Games room onsiteGames room onsite
  • FishingFishing
  • Pony trekking/horse-ridingPony trekking/horse-riding
  • ShootingShooting
  • Golf available (onsite or nearby)Golf available (onsite or nearby)
  • Snooker/billiards/pool onsiteSnooker/billiards/pool onsite
  • Restaurant open to non-residentsRestaurant open to non-residents
  • Visa/Mastercard/Switch acceptedVisa/Mastercard/Switch accepted
  • Public house/InnPublic house/Inn
  • Dogs/pets accepted by arrangementDogs/pets accepted by arrangement
  • Vegetarian diet availableVegetarian diet available
  • American Express acceptedAmerican Express accepted
  • WiFi or internet accessWiFi or internet access
  • Single sex groups welcomedSingle sex groups welcomed
  • Evening mealsEvening meals
  • HairdryerHairdryer
  • High chairs availableHigh chairs available
  • Cots availableCots available
  • Real log/coal firesReal log/coal fires

Children welcome from any age.

Self-Assessed Accessibility Details


Access Statement for the Fox and Hounds Inn, 45 Brook Lane, Ainthorpe, nr Danby, Whitby YO21 2LD Introduction The Fox and Hounds is set amidst the beautiful North York Moors National Park and is located in the hamlet of Ainthorpe, which is situated between the villages of Castleton and Danby. Once a former 16th Century Coaching Inn, The Fox and Hounds is now a high quality residential country Inn and Restaurant. The surrounding countryside is an area of outstanding natural beauty. The historic seaside town of Whitby famous for its Abbey and Dracula connections is 16 miles away and market town of Guisborough is 10 miles away. The nearby coast consisting of picturesque beaches such as Runswick Bay is a 10 minute drive. The neighbouring village of Danby can be walked to in around 10 minutes. The Moors National Park Centre is located in Danby. The property consists of 7 en suite rooms that overlook the surrounding moorland and countryside. There is a general main bar area, pool room and dining area and then a beer garden to the side of the building. Whilst we aim to meet the needs of all of our guests there are some features of the property which might make access difficult for people with limited mobility. We look forward to welcoming you. If you have any queries or require any assistance please phone 01287 660218 or email us on Pre-Arrival •The nearest Rail Station is Danby - 1 mile •Local minibus taxi – 07792838771 •There is a Moors Bus Service which runs twice a day on Sundays from the beginning of July to the end of September •The surrounding streets are uneven and there are some steep inclines •Between Ainthorpe and Danby some parts of the main road do not have pavement on both sides •Our information is available in large print on request. Car Parking and Arrival •There is a large off-road car parking area to the front of the property •The parking area is lit by flood lighting •The walk across the car park to the main entrance is a gentle downhill slope on a tarmac surface. There is a sloping concrete ramp of 2 metres which runs directly up to the doorway. •The main door entrance width is 760mm (30 inches). There is a door threshold of 50mm (2inches). •This is Followed by a double doorway which is 850mm (33.5inches) •There is an alternative entrance to the side of the property suitable for wheelchair access with a width of 790mm (31 inches) •The accommodation is accessed through a door at the bottom of the stairs. Width 760mm (30 inches). •The staircase is 840mm (33inches) in width with a secure handrail running up the left hand side. There are three stairs to the quarter staircase and then a right turn to the main body of the staircase which measures 940mm (37 inches) in width consisting of 10 steps. There is a further right turn at the three quarter staircase and four steps to reach the landing area. Welcome Area/Check-in •The welcome area is located at the main bar where there is a member of staff on duty. The area is level and without any door thresholds. There is ample seating available. •Assistance with luggage is available on arrival and departure. •A magnifying glass, reading glasses and pens and paper is available. •Guests are required to fill in a short guest registration form. •All guests are shown up to their designated rooms and shown round the suite. Additional information is given about meal times and check out but this information can all be found on the back of the bedroom doors. •The side door is pointed out to guests as it may be necessary for them to use this access if they are coming into the property late at night or need to leave in the early morning. •There is clear information in the rooms regarding the fire evacuation procedure and health and safety policies and all fire exits are clearly marked. BEDROOMS •All bedrooms are located off the landing and corridor which leads across from the landing •The corridor and bedrooms are carpeted throughout. Bedroom carpets are made up of a consistency of 80% wool, 20% nylon fabric. •There is a good colour contrast between floors and walls. •There are 100% polyester fleece blankets in the wardrobes of all bedrooms if needed. •Every bed has a tweed throw over the bed with matching cushions which guests can move at their own discretion. •Pillows and duvets are non-allergenic hollow-fibre-fill. •All of the towels are made of 100% cotton. •Each room contains an LCD Free-sat channel TV with built in DVD player and a remote. Subtitles are available on each TV. •Every room contains a desk which will have a tray on it with tea and coffee making facilities (kettle, saucers, tea/coffee, teapot, biscuits). •Fire exit located on same level as the bedrooms with a push pad to open. This leads out to some wooden steps with a railing at the back of the building. Garden •The garden is on a sloping site, however the top half levels off. It can be accessed from the Guest side entrance of the building or by going around the side of the car park. •There are 8 stone steps up to the garden all of which are approximately 200mm (8 inches) in height. At the top of the steps there is a small gate. •There are 10 wooden picnic benches scattered around the garden area. •Furthermore there is a grass strip which runs between the side of the car park and the road. This area contains 5 picnic benches and there is also a further one directly outside the front main entrance. Additional Information •Several members of staff are first Aid trained. •Ironing board and iron are available on request •Put up beds and a cot are all available on request to be put in the bedrooms. •Dogs are welcome throughout the property and in the guest bedrooms. The only area dogs are not allowed is in the restaurant. •Free WiFi is available throughout the property. •There are several electrical sockets located throughout the bar and restaurant/dining areas. •There is a sauna room located on the same level as the bedrooms. It can be booked at a cost of £7.50 per session. •Large selection of leaflets displaying local tourist attractions is located at the top of the stairs on the landing •Early breakfast or breakfast trays can be requested. In addition a pack lunch can be requested at a small cost. •Mini supermarket - Castleton Co-op, distance 1.5miles •Doctor – Danby Surgery, Briar Hill, Danby, distance 1mile 01287 660739 •A&E – Whitby Hospital 01947 604851. James Cook University Hospital, Middlesbrough, 01642 850850. Non-emergency medical dial 111, Emergency Services dial 999. Contact Information Address: The Fox and Hounds Inn, 45 Brook Lane, Ainthorpe, Whitby, North Yorkshire, YO21 2LD. Telephone: 01287 660218 Email: Website: Hours of operation: Check in 14.00pm Check out 10.30am Local Public Transport: Buses – Moors Bus Service (summer months only). Train: Danby Railway station -