Must-visit Hotels in the North East and Yorkshire
In brief: One of the country’s leading hotels, with five star luxury at every turn.
Our highlight: There are so many, but perhaps Shaun Rankin’s outstanding food is the biggest pull.
Insider guide: Surrounded by private parkland and gardens, Grantley Hall has all the trappings of stately grandeur, with a contemporary feel. No expense has been spared in creating what is Yorkshire’s most outstanding hotel, and from the marble-lined swimming pool and high tech gym, to the Japanese garden, the wellies at the door to borrow when you want to explore, the sumptuous lounges and decadent dining options, there is much to marvel at here. There are 47 bedrooms with vast marble-clad ensuites, but it’s the dining which draws guests time and again. Star of the show is Shaun Rankin’s Michelin-starred restaurant, but the alternatives aren’t too shabby either. Fletcher’s has modern British dishes, whilst the pan-Asian EightyEight offers a fusion of Yorkshire produce and Eastern flavours, and has an outdoor covered terrace which is a stunning place to catch up with friends and family. Elsewhere the Norton Bar and Courtyard serves classic cocktails and artisan spirits and offers a bistro-style menu which extends to the outdoor Courtyard.
Ripon HG4 3ET
In brief: A combination of contemporary hotel, stone cottages and a spa on the Yorkshire coast.
Our highlight: There’s so much to love here, including its location. We also love the Lake House, an ultra-exclusive six bedroom house to rent on the estate.
Insider guide: On the coast, yet just a short distance from the North York Moors, the mixture of accommodation here means it is the perfect place for everything from a romantic retreat to a family celebration. There’s a spa, a great bar and terrace with sweeping views over the estate, a restaurant, gorgeous gardens, and they’ll organise a host of activities should you wish to try surfing or SUP, yoga on the beach or head to sea on a special boat trip. Oh, and did we mention it’s dog friendly too. Just perfect…
Whitby YO21 3ST
In brief: A five-star retreat in the quiet village of Hurworth.
Our highlight: The huge spa and great treatment menu.
Insider guide: With an award-winning spa, an 18-hole championship golf course and a wide range of dining options, what more can you ask for? Enjoy the understated elegance of the 61 bedrooms, each one unique. Whether you choose the three-AA Rosette Orangery or the Clubhouse Kitchen & Bar to dine, expect friendly service, British classics and ingredients foraged from the Rockliffe estate.
Hurworth on Tees, Darlington DL2 2DU
In brief: An award-winning hotel and spa.
Our highlight: The outdoor infinity pool with stunning lake views.
Insider guide: With well-appointed bedrooms, spa and two well-renowned restaurants on site, Coniston Hotel is the perfect place for a staycation. There’s plenty to see and do on the 1,400 acre estate, from falconry and clay pigeon shooting to 4x4 off-road driving and everything in between.
Coniston Cold, Skipton BD23 4EA
WOOD HALL HOTEL & SPA
In brief: A traditional country house hotel with a popular spa.
Our highlight: The relaxing spa with its gorgeous Elemis treatments.
Insider guide: Combining contemporary comfort with all the traditional charm of an historic country house hotel, there are 44 beautiful bedrooms here including special Feature bedrooms which include Willow, a romantic suite with a vast four-poster bed, a dressing area and huge bathroom. The hotel’s Georgian Restaurant has a classic British menu making the most of Yorkshire’s seasonal produce, whilst afternoon tea is taken in the elegant Drawing Room.
Trip Lane, Linton, Weatherby LS22 4JA
In brief: An award-winning hotel set in 300 acres of landscaped gardens.
Our highlight: The rooftop spa and garden.
Insider guide: This hotel has something for everyone: sumptuously-decorated rooms, spa, two golf courses and even a 14 seat private cinema. Renowned for its fantastic food, Rudding Park boasts two restaurants; Horto, where contemporary fine dining is the order of the day; and the two-AA Rosette Clocktower. There’s also a private al fresco area amongst the foliage of Rudding’s Kitchen Garden.
Follifoot, Harrogate HG3 1JH
In brief: A 17th century country house in the Durham dales.
Our highlight: The spa, with outdoor hydrotherapy pool and luxurious treatments.
Insider guide: This four-star hotel is the perfect place to escape it all. Stroll through the impressive walled gardens, enjoy a round of golf, or simply unwind in the spa. Each bedroom is individually designed and bedecked with little luxuries, including four-poster beds, south-facing balconies and traditional slipper baths. However you choose to spend your time, be sure to work up an appetite – their Rosette restaurant rustles up delicious dishes, such as crispy lamb belly with minted pea purée, and has a fab wine list to boot.
Headlam, near Gainford, Darlington DL2 3HA