Escape to the Country at These Fabulous Yorkshire Hotels
What could be better than a luxurious breakaway surrounded by the beauty of the Yorkshire countryside?
Aysgarth Falls Hotel
In brief: A quintessential coaching inn combining historic charm with contemporary style.
Our highlight: The newly-opened Palmers Restaurant serving some of the finest local produce.
Insider guide: Recently refurbished and under new ownership, this hotel near the iconic Aysgarth Falls retains many of the building’s original features and now offers premium accommodation alongside outstanding food and a warm and friendly welcome. Accommodation ranges from family- and dog-friendly rooms to the luxurious Aysgarth Suite. In the traditional pub bar you’ll find real ales, guest beers, world wines and spirits, and Palmers Restaurant offers an extensive à la carte menu as well as a delicious tasting menu on Friday and Saturday evenings.
Aysgarth, Leyburn DL8 3SR
Tickton Grange Hotel & Restaurant
In brief: A family-owned hotel and restaurant set within 16 acres of gardens and meadowland.
Our highlight: Newly-refurbished restaurant The Bloomsbury Room, inspired by the creativity of the Bloomsbury set.
Insider guide: This picture-perfect Georgian hotel has 21 charming rooms, each with its own individual character. Dotted between the main house and the William Morris-inspired Granary Cottage, and ranging from the smaller intimate House Rooms to the extra roomy House Suites, all the bedrooms are beautifully designed spaces in which to relax. The food here is surprising and innovative, and guests can enjoy a delicious à la carte menu, a hugely popular Sunday lunch, and renowned afternoon tea daily, whilst the accomplished seven-course tasting dinner is served Thursday through to Saturday.
Tickton, Beverley HU17 9SH
In brief: A stunning manor house hotel on the edge of the historic town of Settle.
Our highlight: The picturesque terrace, where you can look over the Yorkshire Dales while enjoying a sundowner (or two).
Insider guide: Surrounded by breath-taking views of the Yorkshire Dales countryside, Falcon Manor is the perfect base from which to explore everything that the Dales has to offer. There are 16 beautifully-appointed rooms and suites, furnished to the highest standards with traditional touches and sumptuous styling – we love the quirkily-shaped Turret Suite, or choose their flagship Rafters Suite. There’s an inviting bar area and a light-filled restaurant here, which leads out onto the terrace with immaculate gardens beyond.
Skipton Road, Settle BD24 9BD
In brief: A 17th century country house hotel surrounded by its own rolling farmland and four acres of walled gardens.
Our highlight: Throughout December guests can enjoy a festive Christmas Advent Break with mulled wine and mince pies by the fire, a three-course dinner, spa use and breakfast.
Insider guide: Stroll through the impressive walled gardens, enjoy a round of golf on the nine-hole course, or simply unwind in the hotel’s spa with its indoor pool, outdoor hydrotherapy pool and luxurious treatment menu. The 38 bedrooms and suites are spread across the main house, the spa, the Mews and the Coach House and each one is individually designed with lots of luxurious features including four-poster beds, south-facing balconies and traditional slipper baths. Dine in The Orangery, The Library Bar or in the Spa Brasserie on delicious dishes created using the best local produce and ingredients from the Hall’s own kitchen garden.
Headlam, near Gainford, Darlington DL2 3HA
In brief: A country house hideaway on the edge of the North York Moors.
Our highlight: There’s so much to see and do right on your doorstep here. The local cobbled market town can be reached along a country lane, English Heritage and National Trust sites are close by, and there are many scenic walking and bike routes leading from the front door.
Insider guide: This luxury home-from-home retreat boasts restful rooms, award-winning food, an indulgent liquor room and relaxing treatment rooms, and is the perfect base from which to explore this beautiful part of the world. Choose from one of the 71 ensuite bedrooms, dine in the award-winning Chaloner’s restaurant or the De Brus Bar & Grill, and round off the evening with an after dinner drink from The Safe.
Whitby Lane, Guisborough, North Yorkshire TS14 6PT
The Wensleydale Heifer
In brief: A boutique hotel with an award-winning restaurant.
Our highlight: The fish and chips!
Insider guide: You’ll find this dog friendly, family-owned luxury hotel in the heart of the Yorkshire Dales. The 13 individually-themed rooms include favourites such as the spectacular James Bond room and each one is different but no attention to detail is spared anywhere in this hotel. The service here has guests returning time and again to enjoy the welcome, and the award-winning food which is as imaginative as the decor. Renowned for its fish, you can opt for fine dining or a more casual meal and dishes range from steak and lobster to the aforementioned, not-to-be-missed fish and chips.
Main Street, West Witton, Leyburn DL8 4LS
In brief: A beautiful country hotel overlooking the duck pond in the picturesque village of Harome.
Our highlight: Plum Cottage – a romantic hideaway suite featuring a roll-top bath in the bedroom and French doors opening onto a secluded terrace.
Insider guide: Originally converted from what has been the blacksmith’s shop, village shop and barns, The Pheasant is full of rustic charm. Rooms are in the main house and in the sheltered courtyards the two suites each have their own private entrance. The stylish and individual interiors lend a homely and welcoming feel whilst The Pheasant has established a reputation for great food and guests can choose from a wide range of menus, all taking advantage of the wealth of local, seasonal produce.
Harome YO62 5JG
In brief: Built in 1864 and recently reimagined as a five-star country manor house hotel.
Our highlight: The delicious food served in the 1884 restaurant and bar inspired by cross-continental influences.
Insider guide: Not your average country pile, owners and architects Andy and Lindsey have a passion for contemporary heritage style, and in every room antiques contrast with modern craft and bespoke designed fabrics and wallpapers. Each suite is completely different and takes inspiration from a different part of this amazing home’s history. Food is served in the 1884 restaurant which focuses on locally grown, foraged and seasonally sourced produce and there’s a great bar here too. Highfield House is a dog-friendly place (in eight acres of private grounds), and if you want a lie in, dog walkers are on hand to help out.
Windmill Hill, Driffield YO25 5YP
In brief: A country hotel in a quiet corner of the Yorkshire Dales.
Our highlight: The award-winning 1783 Bar & Restaurant for fine dining.
Insider guide: Individually named after local villages, each bedroom is unique meaning no two stays here are ever the same. Muker has a fantastic period fireplace, Eskeleth has a private patio area, and Thwaite’s cushioned window seat looking out over the village green means you can watch the world go by in peace. Shaped by the changing of the seasons, the restaurant’s menus are ever-changing but sustainably sourced seasonal produce is a promise.
On The Green, Reeth, Richmond DL11 6SN