Considering a spa break in Harrogate? A country escape on the moors? How about a seaside staycation in Whitby? Yorkshire, England’s largest county, boasts an incredible variety of scenery – from rugged moors and rolling dales to some of the country’s best beaches. These are some of the best places to base yourself while you explore God’s own country.
Where to stay in Whitby
The historic seaside town of Whitby is home to quirky cafés, independent shops and ancient buildings. It’s featured in Bram Stoker’s Dracula as the place where the Count first sets foot on English soil, and doesn’t shy away from its connections to goth culture.
The Seacliffe Hotel
Dating back to 1927, the historic Seacliffe Hotel holds a peaceful seafront location on Whitby’s quiet North Promenade. Its 19 bedrooms have recently been refurbished, and some offer sea views from their deep bay windows. Full English breakfasts are served every morning – along with a selection of cereals, fruits and yoghurts – and there’s a fully licensed bar if you fancy a nightcap before heading to bed. The hotel also has a private car park for guests, so it’s an ideal choice if you’re planning to hire a car and head off on a Yorkshire road trip.
Where to stay in the Yorkshire Dales
The Yorkshire Dales National Park covers thousands of square miles of rolling moors, valleys and rugged geological wonders, like the hidden gorge, Gordale Scar. As well as having plenty to keep hikers, bikers and climbers happy, it also has a dark sky reserve – so you can go constellation-spotting, too.
The Burgoyne Hotel
This boutique hotel is known as one of the best places to stay in the Yorkshire Dales. It sits in the heart of Swaledale Valley, and each of its rooms is individually decorated in a modern country style. Stay in the Ivelet room and enjoy a soak in the free-standing tub, or book the Eskeleth and stroll onto your own private patio for your morning cuppa. The hotel has a fantastic restaurant, 1783, known for its fine dining-inspired dishes using locally sourced ingredients. The menu changes seasonally but you can expect dishes like spring lamb rump with potato terrine, and pan-fried stone base with crushed new potatoes and gazpacho dressing.
Where to stay in Scarborough
Britain’s ‘original seaside resort’, Scarborough is known for its two golden sandy beaches and family-friendly attractions. Explore the 12th-century castle with its sweeping views over North and South Bay, or hop on a swan-shaped pedalo in Peasholm Park.
The Bike & Boot Inn
The Bike & Boot has got to be the coolest dog-friendly hotel in Scarborough. It has a laid-back atmosphere that’s especially welcoming to outdoorsy types (and their four-legged friends). There’s dedicated storage space for bikes and surf boards, plus a professional dog-grooming zone and bike-cleaning service, for tidying up after those muddy days in the great outdoors. When your not relaxing in your room, head to the Retreat lounge for free hot drinks and tea-time cake. Or, settle in at the on-site Film Club and get to know your fellow guests.
Where to stay in Harrogate
If you seek a luxury break in Yorkshire, head to Harrogate. This well-heeled spa town is home to ornate Turkish baths, upscale independent boutiques and the famous Betty’s Tea Rooms.
The Yorkshire Hotel, BW Premier Collection
Part of Best Western’s Premier Collection, the Yorkshire Hotel is set inside an elegant Victorian manor with views of The Stray – a long strip of parkland that links Harrogate’s famous curative springs. The hotel is decorated in a contemporary country style: think patchwork blankets on the beds, and leather Chesterfield armchairs in the public areas. Its city centre location is handy for enjoying the town’s low-key nightlife, with plenty of craft beer pubs, wine bars and gin joints to discover. If you’d rather stick to the hotel, the on-site restaurant – The Pickled Sprout – offers a classic mix of European dishes. Try to bag a table in the Secret Garden, with its suspended floral ceiling.
Where to stay in the North York Moors
Beautifully remote, the North York Moors National Park is home to one of the UK’s largest expanses of heather moorland. Wooded valleys, ancient ruins and quaint villages stud the landscape, making it an ideal place for a rural escape.
Feversham Arms Hotel & Verbena Spa
The Feversham Arms Hotel & Verbena Spa describes itself as ‘a Mediterranean oasis, tucked away in North Yorkshire’. Its heated outdoor swimming pool and chic terrace lit by twinkling fairy lights certainly make it feel like a foreign escape. But there are some touches that are distinctly Yorkshire: the roaring log fire in the lounge, and the cosy rooms with fluffy, duck-down duvets. Wrap up in your fluffy bathrobe and slippers and treat yourself to one of the indulgent spa treatments. Or, try walking a stretch of The Cleveland Way long distance walking route, which starts in nearby Helmsley.
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