Need to know
Six, including three suites.
10.30am, but flexible, subject to availability. Earliest check-in, 4pm.
Double rooms from $167.85 (£133), excluding tax at 20 per cent.
Rates usually include a delicious cooked breakfast, plus afternoon tea for two (served on the day of arrival).
Clever Graham has a bread-making and patisserie course under his belt – his skills are apparent in the Malabar’s home-made afternoon tea, served as a welcome treat. Pick from an array of loose-leaf teas (12 in total, including the Malabar’s house blend), plus sandwiches, scones, pastries and cakes.
At the hotel
Eight acres of grazing land; trampoline; pretty terrace; communal dining room; cosy lounge; free WiFi throughout. In rooms: TV; Roberts radio; Bath House lotions and potions.
Our favourite rooms
Earlston is a top-floor suite that surveys the River Lune to the west. Pops of soft pink, blue and orange enliven the suite’s stone walls and oak beams; there’s also a big Excelsior bath tub below the eaves of the roof. The suite takes its name from the tea-estate bungalow in Kerala where Graham grew up.
Bring clothes you can stride across Dales in, a thirst for a good cuppa, and a story or two to tell around the communal breakfast table.
Each floor has a well-stocked tea-and-coffee station: a nod to owner Graham’s tea connections (his father and grandfather were tea-planters in Kerala). Graham and Fiona lived in Mumbai before Yorkshire – hence the far-flung flourishes.
Little Smiths of all sizes are welcome (though the Malabar reckons it’s best for nippers aged six and above). Each suite has a sofa bed; extra beds can be added to rooms. On-loan kit includes: cots, cribs, baby bed-linen, bottle-sterilisers, high chairs.