When we speak of hotel, we think of a cosy place with all amenities for temporary stay. It lacks touches of companionship and passion; hence even with all its comforts and luxuries it can’t cater to your soul for long. Hence when I was told that I would have to spend a month in The Parkmore, Eaglescliffe, UK for a project, I wasn’t too sure of the experience I was heading to.
Eaglescliffe is a small town in the borough of Stockton-on-Tees in North East England. It is on the north bank of the River Tees and for ceremonial purposes is in County Durham (source: Wikipedia). The Parkmore hotel is one of the best in the area and is located very close to Eaglescliffe Railway station, and at walking distance from Yarm.
When we reached it was dark and the locality was asleep. The Parkmore is a boutique hotel as they call in England; it isn’t too big but had a cosy vintage vibe. The fireplace and the leather covered couches, made the lounge look snug and welcoming. Further it was Christmas time and the decorations had already lighted up the place.
The rooms however are small with a bed, side table, dressing table, kettle, cupboard and a comfortable bathroom with a tub. I stayed there for a month from 24th November to 23rd December 2018. And I don’t know if the place grew on me, due to its fairy tale like surroundings and intoxicating Christmas Air, or the narrator mind unified with tales that must have seeded in the room. But I felt of pain of parting. Probably living alone gives you the rare chance to analyse your lost whims. The work went well and we also travelled around England on weekends.
But what touched my heart was the hospitality and homeliness of the place. As an Indian I didn’t have much food choices, but I loved few of them. The breakfast spread was monotonous but truly healthy. I remember they even made me pancakes which wasn’t a part of their menu.
Overall The Parkmore is a cosy abode and I made some good tales lazing on that bed. less