A bed and breakfast near Scarborough has been named the friendliest in the UK at a prestigious awards ceremony.
Rains Farm Bed and Breakfast in Allerston, near Thornton-le-Dale, was selected from 25 finalists who had all been nominated by the AA’s team of hotel inspectors, who inspect and rate over 3,000 B&Bs.
Landlady Lorraine Allanson received her award during a ceremony at the Royal Horseguards Hotel in London.
Lorraine has lived at Rains Farm all her life and now welcomes guests, with help from her mother, to both B&B rooms and self-catering cottages.
A spokesman from the AA said: “Over the years Lorraine has frequently gone the extra mile – quite literally in some occasions such as driving Australian visitors round the sights of Heartbeat, their favourite TV programme.
“Lorraine believes that the warm Yorkshire welcome, her locally-sourced breakfast produce and wonderful home-cooked bread keeps guests coming back again and again.”
Speaking of her win, Lorraine said: “I always believe that the best memories for guests are the ones imprinted by their host, and then the accommodation.
“Many guests give me a friendly cuddle as they leave and that is when I know I have succeeded in my quest and they have truly enjoyed their stay with us. ”