We have visited several luxury Country House Hotels in North Yorkshire in the North of England and trust that the following will help in your search for suitable exclusive Country House Hotels in this beautiful rural part of England. This area of the country has numerous old English market towns and villages located within the National Parks of the North Yorkshire Moors and the Yorkshire Dales.
The following Country House Hotels all have our personal recommendation:-
The Devonshire Arms Country House Hotel – located by the River Wharfe at Bolton Abbey Nr Skipton in the Yorkshire Dales. The hotel is owned by the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire. A warm welcome awaits-your luggage will be taken for you from your car to your bedroom which will be beautifully appointed. We stayed in a room in the original part of the hotel which had a horse racing theme. Fires burn in inclement weather in the entrance hall and the lounges. The Michelin starred restaurant serves exquisite food and wine and there is also an excellent brasserie for informal dining. The spa is located across the road in what appears to be a converted barn and includes a small gym. The staff are extremely personable providing a first class service with nothing being too much trouble. Having borrowed an umbrella and wellington boots which are provided by the hotel by the front door for your personal use we took a short walk by the River Wharfe in the snow to the ruined Abbey and then crossed the river by way of the stepping stones. Returning to this beautifully appointed Country House Hotel we enjoyed tea and scones in front of a roaring fire in one of the lounges. If you are visiting the Yorkshire Dales you must stay at The Devonshire Arms Country House Hotel – you will not be disappointed. Incidentally dogs are warmly welcomed the hotel having two resident dogs who will appreciate sharing your biscuits!
Lastingham Grange – located in the beautiful village of Lastingham a few miles from the market town of Pickering where the North Yorkshire Moors Railway is located. This Country House Hotel has been owned and run by the same family for many years with many guests returning time after time. Set in several acres including beautifully maintained gardens you can walk out of the front door of the hotel and within a five minute walk be on the North Yorkshire Moors enjoying spectacular views. We were warmly greeted upon arrival and taken straight to our room which was well appointed. We enjoyed tea and scones in the lounge which had a roaring fire-the Darjeeling tea is the best we have tasted. Dinner was memorable with the food being of a high standard as was the extremely personal service – it was like staying in somebody’s home. You cannot fail but to relax in this typical Country House Hotel. Dogs are welcome.
Alan Hope and his wife Anne have stayed at numerous other exclusive Country House Hotels in England.