Yorkshire is a truly spectacular county to visit, at any time of the year. From stunning landscapes to mysterious caves, sandy beaches, crumbling castles, rugged coastline and thriving cultural centres – our county really has it all to offer. But what are some of the best, most highly recommended places to stay during your visit here?
Well, Yorkshire is a broad church, so we selected two high-end luxury establishments and two no less respected, but cheaper and less ostentatious, hotels as well.
Pheasant Hotel, Harome
We kick off our list, with this enviably located former blacksmith’s shop and house overlooking the village pond in the small North Yorkshire village of Harome. With one single and 11 double rooms to choose from – including two completely separated cottages on the property grounds – and a heated indoor swimming pool, this is the perfect romantic getaway for a couples’ weekend. The award-winning restaurant uses local produce as much as possible and can cater for a variety of diet requirements and plans. Local attractions and activities include the National Bird of Prey Centre, Yorkshire’s only public outdoor swimming pool and a whole range of stunning scenic walks.
Goldsborough Hall, Goldsborough
Situated in the tiny village of Goldsborough (population 450) in North Yorkshire, this imposing stately home has an even more impressive 400-year history. There’s even a royal connection too – Princess Mary (Queen Elizabeth II’s aunt) lived there for many years in the 1920s. With an opulent entrance stairway in the Georgian style, sumptuous rooms and 13 acres of majestic gardens surrounding it all, this is truly one of the most secluded and exclusive spots in the county. Upon first approach, you may begin to feel like you’re in a Charlotte Bronte novel. You could off course, turn up on horseback for that added authenticity – but a car may be a little more practical.
The Parisi Hotel, York
The no.1 rated hotel in Yorkshire on TripAdvisor, with an average of five stars over 750 reviews no less, this tiny boutique hotel in historic York city centre is easy on the eye and wallet. Unfortunately, isn’t quite as sedate and secluded as the previous two rural options – but you’re also less than five minutes’ walk away from York Minster and the other attractions of this beautiful city. So, it balances out in our view! A family run enterprise, the Parisi has quirky and homely décor that creates a personal and warm atmosphere. And with over 50 tourist attractions and activities within 0.5 miles, you know your days here will be packed full of excitement!
The White Hart Hotel, Harrogate
Once described as ‘Harrogate’s most beautiful building’ by renowned Edwardian architectural historian Nikolaus Pevsner, this grade II listed Georgian townhouse is certainly an impressive structure.
With views overlooking wide open parkland space, known to locals as ‘the Stray’, you’ll be hard pressed to find views this good anywhere else as close to the town centre. Close to Harrogate’s fancy shopping quarter too, The White Hart may have a common name – but the premium location and exclusive design elevate it above that status. Although, the price is quite reasonable having said all that!