WITH its blend of history and nature, dramatic vistas and enchanting villages, Yorkshire has much to offer the discerning traveller, not least of all beautiful places to stay.
Here the Good Hotel Guide recommends 10 of their top boutique hotels in Yorkshire, all of which embrace different prized aspects of the region…
Lastingham Grange, Lastingham
On the edge of the North York Moors, Lastingham Grange is a traditional, family run country house hotel. Old fashioned decor and floral prints characterise the interior of the 17th century property, while afternoon tea with warm scones, butter, jam and cream is served every day in the lounge or on the terrace overlooking the garden. It’s a little piece of good old fashioned hospitality.
The Traddock, Yorkshire
One to visit whatever the weather, The Traddock is a wonderful place to visit if you like walking around the countryside, particularly if you want to take the dog with you on your weekend away. Public areas are snug and welcoming while food adheres to the Slow Food Movement with locally sourced ingredients taking centre stage.
The Carpenters Arms, North Yorkshire
An impressive pub with rooms in a Domesday village near Thirsk, there are additional rooms in a building around the kitchen garden that are decadently laid out with sofas, drying facilities should your clothes get soaked through in the rain, and gas flame fires. Finish your days here with a warming feast complete with rhubarb crumble that’s well deserved after a day exploring the countryside.
Brocco on the Park, Sheffield
A Cesar winner and a favourite of Good Hotel Guide inspectors, Brocco on the Park is a light and spacious Scandi chic hotel in a spruced up red brick building. The interiors are contemporary with accents of bright colour in the rooms and food is served by candlelight in the evenings with a rich menu of elegant favourites.
Bar Convent, Yorkshire
Five minutes from the centre of York, Bar Convent is in a Grade I listed building with a magnificent glass-roofed entrance hall to introduce you to a spotless guesthouse experience. It is located in what is said to be England’s oldest active convent, having been founded in 1686, the history of which you can see in a multimedia exhibition. A cultural experience on another level, there is also a garden to visit for peace and quiet after all your sightseeing.
The Nag’s Head, Pickhill
An old favourite, this former coaching inn has been in the same ownership for more than 40 years. The atmosphere is homey, the welcome warm, the pub interior classic, bedrooms simple and quiet. You can eat in the restaurant or lounge bar, choosing seasonal dishes from a blackboard menu – perhaps a Barnsley chop or slow-cooked, rare-breed pork belly. Moors, dales and the A1(M) are within easy reach.
The Star Inn, Yorkshire
When you’re looking for ultimate cosiness, Yorkshire is amongst the best places to go for excellent food and wrapping up warm. The Star Inn in Harome, is a 14th century inn on the edge of the North York Moors. It’s brimming with rustic elements and has a congenial ambience. it combines its sense of cosiness with Michelin star flair in the restaurant and characterful bedrooms – one has a rope-slung bed, another has tartan-walls and a piano.
The Yorke Arms, Yorkshire
First class hospitality and Michelin star cooking alongside a spectacular location in the Yorkshire Dales makes for a winning combination at The Yorke Arms. It’s comfortable and charming and attention to detail is evident. The menu uses seasonal ingredients from the kitchen garden and surrounding moorland, and at every occasion flavour is paramount.
The Black Swan, Cumbria
There are local ales and a warm welcome at this country pub in the Eden Valley. The characterful bedrooms – two on the ground floor, some in an annexe – are individually styled. Chickens roam the garden, which runs down to a stream. Walkers will love the countryside and do justice to the hearty cooking – maybe topside of Cumbrian lamb with Puy lentils; pan-fried sea bream with clams.
Austwick Hall, Austwick
In springtime, Austwick Hall is surrounded by snowdrops – it’s a paradise of woodland walks and sculpture-strewn trails at this B&B in the Dales. A lovingly restored manor house, it contains a vast collection of antiques and tribal and contemporary art, which serves as a backdrop for tea and scones in the lounge. Meanwhile, cosy rooms boast charming features such as a beautifully draped four-poster bed or a roll-top bath.
From a selection of hotels in Yorkshire from the Good Hotel Guide.