Both with and without our kids we have had the most fun filled and relaxing stays at Middleham. You simply cannot beat a 1 minute walk to a choice of pubs, a welcoming restaurant just outside the gates of the huge garden, full size snooker table, seriously proper castle (kids love it) and a river walk so beautiful that it takes the breath away (even if you don't go for the swim). There's a shop that sells everything you need opposite one of the pubs. You can hunker down or get out and about - take your pick. Idyllic.