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Take Some Time to Yourself at Wrea Head Hall
Places to go
December 2023
Reading time 4 Minutes

If you are looking to escape the hectic hustle and bustle of the festive season, then Wrea Head Hall on the edge of the North York Moors may be just the answer

Built in the Victorian era for a Liberal MP and industrialist as his 'country seat', Wrea Head Hall went on to have a spell as an Educational College for North Yorkshire County Council before its sensitive conversion to an hotel in the early 1980s.

As you approach the hall beyond the village duck pond you pass the Gothic gatehouse at the bottom of the carriage drive, before starting the drive across fields and woods and glimpsing the mansion at the top of a rise. Set within 17 acres of landscaped grounds and woodland and just a short drive from the heritage coast, the hotel is also within easy reach of local attractions such as Whitby, Filey and Robin Hood's Bay with the city of York a little further away.

Wrea Head Hall offers a variety of luxurious accommodation with the choice to stay either in the Gothic mansion or the recently renovated Carriage House (all rooms are set within the original buildings). Downstairs, the stunning double-height oak panelled hall with impressive inglenook fireplace and huge mullioned window provides a cosy seating area, with an impressive main staircase rising to the upper floors.

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A wood panelled bar with an intricate plaster wall frieze, leather seating and contemporary decor beckons as a relaxing space in which to enjoy mingling with friends or perhaps unwinding with pre-dinner drink. The 1881 restaurant, named after the year in which the mansion was completed as a private residence for John Edward Ellis and his family, or the Library complete with mahogany bookcases, offer two intimate options for dining. Once the day is done, it's time to retreat to one of the 33 individually designed guest rooms including suites, some with four posters, one with an antique teak bed from Rajasthan, all complemented by luxurious marble tiled bathrooms with plumbing by Burlington of London.

Christmas is an especially magical time at Wrea Head Hall. Log fires crackle, traditional decorations sparkle, Christmas trees are hung with glass baubles and the halls really are decked with holly, which comes straight from the surrounding woods where resident deer and wildlife are regularly spotted. Imagine mince pies, mulled wine, 'Christmas with all the trimmings’ and a warm welcome. In other words, Christmas time as you imagined it always was and always should be....

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What makes a stay at Wrea Head Hall especially enjoyable is the quality of the dining experience. A talented team of chefs prepare contemporary English cuisine with 'flare' incorporating seasonal game from the surrounding estates and fruit and vegetables from the orchard and kitchen gardens, depending on the season. A well stocked bar, and a courteous but relaxed and friendly team of staff complete the picture, ensuring a relaxing and memorable stay that is sure to be repeated, time and time again.

If a night away at Wrea Head Hall sounds like the break you need this winter, why not take advantage of their ‘Winter Warmer’ offer? This includes an overnight stay, a three-course evening meal, a full Yorkshire breakfast and their seasonal tea and cake, for as little as £174.90 for a double room.

For more information on this and other offers, visit

Wrea Head Hall Hotel
Barmoor Lane, Scalby, Scarborough, North Yorkshire YO13 0PB
01723 371190

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