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The White Horse and Griffin 10 rooms from $78Whitby, Yorkshire
A 17th-century coaching inn, tucked beneath Whitby’s historic abbey, that creaks with character. Its ten quirkily shaped rooms mix original features with a cool, fresh look while the restaurant offers a bistro-style menu. Distinguished guests include the likes of Dickens and Captain James Cook.Fishing - The lively Whitby Harbour has seen fisherman come and go each day for centuries. Join in for a day.Local markets - Whitby Farmer's Market has a vibrant selection of local produce.Great walks - The North York Moors are all but on your doorstep.Sights nearby - Whitby Abbey is a historic must see.
The King's Head 6 rooms from $87Skipton, Yorkshire
Traditional Yorkshire pub provides excellent food and accommodation. Situated in the Yorkshire Dales, this award-winning pub boasts recently renovated rooms with picturesque views, a guest library and a delicious modern British menu. A welcoming countryside retreat.Bar - Voted one of Britain's Best Pubs by Sunday TimesGreat walks - Good for walkers.Local markets - Good for local colour.
Bar Convent Guesthouse 19 rooms from $90York
Unusual guesthouse in an elegant living convent. Newly refurbished comfortable rooms, a baroque chapel, Victorian garden and glass roofed entrance hall make this an impressive building. A cafe serves meals until high tea. Best of all is staying amongst the sisters of the convent.Total relaxation - Unwind in this tranquil convent, enjoy afternoon tea in the walled garden and read up on the towns history in the library.Sights nearby - Visit the nearby York Minster, one of the largest Gothic cathedrals in Europe.Full of character
Bishop Barns 3 rooms from $93Bishop Wilton, Yorkshire
Luxurious converted farmhouse B&B, twenty minutes from York. With just three bedrooms you'll feel very much at home. The style is traditional - think exposed beams, wooden floors and antique furniture - and very comfortable. A great base for exploring both York and the surrounding area.Sights nearby - York is a short drive and offers plenty to see from the Minster to the Yorvik Museum to the ancient city wallsViews - Lovely views from the hillside location, over the village and the Vale of YorkGreat walks - North Yorks moors are a short driveFull of character
The Lister Arms 9 rooms from $100nr Skipton, Yorkshire
A gloriously situated coaching inn, on the Pennine Way, in the Yorkshire Dales National Park. Pretty rooms with soft hues and lovely views. Unwind in the buzzy bar with dogs, fires and home cooking. The perfect base for walkers and those looking for some peace and tranquility.Country Escape - Enjoy great ales and food at this postcard pretty inn situated in the National Trust's Malham village.Great walks - Explore In the beautiful Yorkshire Dales National Park section of the National Trial, Pennine Way.Sights nearby - Guests should visit the pretty market town of Skipton.Views - Great views from hotel
The Bijou 10 rooms from $105Harrogate
Stylish bed and breakfast in Harrogate's fashionable Duchy Estate area. Ten individually designed bedrooms plus a coach house which is perfect for families. Smart interiors include hardwood floors and statement rugs. Just a five minute walk from the centre of town & easy access to the Dales.Local exploring - A great base to discover Harrogate with its antique shops and the iconic Betty's Tearoom or further afield the Yorkshire Dales.Great walks - Valley Gardensn or get out of town and explore the Yorkshire DalesSights nearby - Ripley Castle
La Rosa Hotel 8 rooms from $107Whitby, Yorkshire
Commanding one of the best positions in Whitby, high on the West Cliff with views to the famed Abbey, this hotel is just as startling inside. An Aladdin’s cave of vintage-themed rooms, it charms and disarms. Afternoon tea-parties, too.Sights nearby - Within walking distance of Whitby Abbey.Great walks - Up Whitby's 199 steps.Full of characterSeaside - Ideal for a seaside holiday.
Belmont B&B 5 rooms from $111Pickering (Wrelton)
Charming B&B at the foot of the North York Moors forest. Elegant, fresh rooms have wrought iron beds, original 18th century fireplaces and lovely bathrooms with complimentary toiletries. Delightful kitchen garden and vegetable patch; great breakfast served by friendly owners. Good value.Local exploring - An elegant and friendly spot to explore the nearby National ParkSights nearby - A ride on the steam railway in Pickering or a day trip to YorkGreat walks - Extensive routes in the North York Moors National Park
42 The Calls 41 rooms from $111Leeds (West Yorkshire)
This 18th Century corn mill converstion on River Aire was Leeds' first boutique hotel and remains a hot spot for both business and leisure guests. Contemporary rooms house art works, TV and the homely touch of daily made biscuits. The romantic notion of breakfast in bed is lived to the full here.Sights nearby - Leeds Art Gallery is home to some fantastic permanent exhibits, as well as a cafe with noteworthy small bites.Great walks - Head to the Moors for some fresh air, stunning views and a of course a hearty pub lunch!Views - River Aire.Lively - Hip and happening.
Broom House 8 rooms from $112Whitby, Yorkshire
Located in the Esk Valley with views of the moors sits this eight bedroom property. All rooms are light with contemporary decor and modern bathrooms. Enjoy tea and scones in the sitting room or sun dappled gardens. There is also a full English or Continental breakfast to look forward to.Great walks - Across the Esk Valley, through the rolling Yorkshire moors or just to the local pubLocal markets - The market towns of Staithes and Robin Hood's Bay are a must visitSailing - Boat trips or private hire available at the coastal town of WhitbySights nearby - Visit Castle Howard Yorkshire's finest stately home
Brocco on the Park 8 rooms from $112sheffield
A small boutique guest house hotel with eight elegant bedrooms, each individually decorated with a luxurious Scandinavian feel. The in-house kitchen serves Scandinavian inspired meals throughout the day. Enjoy a restful nights sleep and start the morning with a brisk walk through the adjacent park.Romantic Break - A perfect weekend away for two, charming and light rooms with deep soaking tubs, gourmet meals and lovely walks in the park.Local markets - Just down the road is Sharrow Vale Road, a foodie's heaven packed with delis and local produce.Great walks - The hotel sits ober Endcliffe Park, a beautiful spot for an afternoon stroll.Romantic - Good for couples.
Punch Bowl Inn 11 rooms from $118Richmond, Yorkshire
A charming and characterful 17th century coaching inn in the village of Low Row. Sister hotel to the Charles Bathurst - simple, comfortable with fantastic food and excellent location. Stylish rooms offer fantastic views of the prime walking country of the Yorkshire Dales.Groups - Enjoy the special package for groups, offering you afternoon tea, champagne reception, full breakfast and a three course meal.Country Escape - A wonderful retreat from city life, long walks, comfy beds, plenty of pints and hearty meals.Sights nearby - Half an hours drive brings you to the town of Richmond, famed for its Georgian Theatre and Richmond Castle.Great walks - An ideal location for exploring the many walking routes through the Yorkshire Dales National Park.
Charles Bathurst Inn 19 rooms from $118Arkengarthdale, Yorkshire
Spectacular views of the Yorkshire Dales from this convivial converted 18th-century inn. Light modern characterful rooms. Hearty British food served in cosy surrounds. Ideal walking and cycling country. A fine country escape.Back to Nature - Situated in the spectacular Yorkshire DalesActive Holiday - Ideal for walkers, cyclers and horse ridersGreat walks - The rural, rugged dales provide miles of walking territoryLocal markets - Centred between several small market towns
Ashmount Country House 12 rooms from $118West Yorkshire
5* hotel in Bronte Country. Elegant bedrooms have big four poster beds, chandeliers, fireplaces, and some with private terraces with hot tubs. Sauna, hot tub, and 3/4 acre garden. Superb locally-sourced dining in the restaurant. Romantic and historic with excellent staff.Writing a novel - Home to the Bronte sisters, this town is the perfect place for inspiration, on long walks and the Bronte Parsonage centreRomantic Break - Enjoy private patios with hot tubs, champagne breakfasts, candle lit dinners for two after a quiet country walkLocal markets - Hotel is close top of the cobbled centre of HaworthGreat walks - Take a hotel picnic basket and explore the areaRecommended by - Fodors
Shibden Mill Inn 11 rooms from $124Halifax, Yorkshire
A traditional British Inn with lively restaurant and cosy bar. Open log fire and authentic wooden beamed ceilings. Bedrooms are bright, airy and comfortable. Private dining available - good for groups looking for a weekend getaway in the country. Lots of scenic walks.Trekking - Try out the local hiking routes in the DalesGreat walks - Hardcastle CragsLocal markets - Calderdale - local market townRemote - Off the beaten track.
Crathorne Hall Hotel 37 rooms from $124Yarm
Small country house hotel in North Yorkshire handy for the North Yorks Moors National Park and Durham Cathedral. Set amid fifteen acres it offers a quiet rural escape and is the ideal venue for an intimate wedding or small business event.Great walks - There are spectacular walks to be had in the area. Or simply explore the extensive grounds.Sights nearby - Good location for visiting Durham Cathedral, Darlington Railway Museum and Barnard Castle.
Burgoyne Hotel 8 rooms from $127Richmond, Yorkshire
Welcoming village hotel with a country house feel. Plush, comfortable rooms with superb outlooks. Excellent modern British Dinners served in an elegant restaurant. Set in a stunning part of the Dales ideal for all manner of outdoor pursuits. A great escape for urbanites.Sights nearby - Explore one of the many nearby castles including Richmond, Bolton and MiddlehamFishing - Fishing in Thornton Steward Reservoir and the River SwaleGreat walks - An abundance of walking routes directly from the hotelRestrictions on children - Children cannot be accommodated
Boar's Head Hotel 25 rooms from $133Nr Harrogate, Yorkshire
The Old Coaching Inn on the Ripley Castle Estate offers an elegant, intimate stay with classic rooms filled with antiques and paintings. Both formal and bistro dining is popular with guests and the locals. Visit nearby Harrogate, explore the Yorkshire Dales and the 14th Century castle.Country Escape - A perfect spot to getaway from it all, nestled in the extensive grounds of Ripley Castle and surrounded by the Yorkshire Dales.Sights nearby - On the same estate as Ripley Castle, guests must be sure to check out this 14th Century country house and gardens.Great walks - Explore the limestones valleys on the neighbouring Yorkshire Dales National Park.Full of character
Stow House 7 rooms from $137Yorkshire
Large, country vicarage with a cool, modern makeover offering uncluttered, light-filled rooms and glorious views over Wensleydale. Contemporary art, vintage furnishings, sensational cocktails and a tranquil atmosphere.Sights nearby - Aysgarth Falls and Hawes village with Wensleydale Creamery are both nearby.Great walks - Beautiful walks in the surrounding Aysgarth area.House party feel - Be prepared to meet people.
Wood Hall Hotel & Spa 44 rooms from $143Wetherby, Yorkshire
Attractive small country house hotel just outside Wetherby. Set amid 100 acres of its own grounds, privacy and serenity are guaranteed. Enjoy a relaxing day in the spa followed by an indulgent dinner in the Georgian Restaurant. The ideal country escape from it all.Views - Great views from hotelSpaSwimming Pool - Indoor/outdoorFour poster beds - For romantics.
The Wensleydale Heifer 14 rooms from $149Leyburn, Yorkshire
Situated in the beautiful Yorkshire Dales National Park between Leyburn and Hawes, the Wensleydale Heifer has five dedicated chefs, an award winning contemporary restaurant and a less formal fish bar. Wonderful array of unusual themed bedrooms from the James Herriot to the swanky Night at the MoviesSuites - Suites are all individually decorated and themed, choose from Choclate Heaven, 007, Black Sheep or Champagne suiteRestaurant - Awarding wining restaurant, expect locally sourced food and wonderful proper Yorkshire breakfastsSitting Room - Comfortable leather armchairs, log fires and afternoon tea after a walk in the DalesRural - Ideal base for exploring the Yorkshire Dales National Park
West Park Hotel 25 rooms from $149Harrogate (North Yorkshire)
This traditional, period Harrogate property sits overlooking The Stray and its 200 acres of open park land. All rooms are decorated in neutral palettes with bright, accent prints with coffee machines and modern bathrooms. Opt for a balcony! There is also an award winning restaurant and popular bar.Great walks - The Yorkshire Moors have long attracted walkers and ramblers alike - see the famous Brimham rocks.Local markets - Sample local treats at the Harrogate Famer's Market, located on Cambridge Street.Sights nearby - Ripley Castle, St Wilfred's Church and the Royak Pump House are all close by.Designer - Uniquely designed interiors.
The Hack & Spade 5 rooms from $149Richmond, Yorkshire
Old coaching inn turned cosy B&B situated in a beautiful Yorkshire valley. Individually designed rooms with sleek en-suites. Delicious seasonal, locally-sourced food in the restaurant. The perfect spot for a country escape and ideal for keen walkers.Restrictions on children - Children must be over 7Great walks - Good for walkers.Fishing - Excellent fishing nearby.Secluded setting - For escaping.
Sportsman's Arms 11 rooms from $149Wath-in-Nidderdale, Yorkshire
Old fashioned country hotel in the Nidd valley, popular with walkers. Outstanding countryside. Simple rooms but standout food.Restaurant - Recommended.Views - Great views from hotelFishing - Excellent fishing nearby.Great walks - Good for walkers.
Millgate House 3 rooms from $156Richmond, Yorkshire
Regency townhouse, now B&B, in the heart of Richmond known for its award-winning garden, love of art and antiques. Three large bedrooms exude comfort and classic style. Breakfast in the dining room or in the garden. Dinners can be arranged for groups. Charming find in a historic Yorkshire town.Sights nearby - Check out Norman-built Richmond Castle and Friary Tower and Gardens, both an easy five minute walk from the property.Local markets - Explore the cobbled streets of Richmond, orgianlly a market town it remains a gathering point for local producers.Great walks - Head out to Yorkshire Dales National Park for some fresh air and brisk walking.Restrictions on children - Children welcome, however good behavour is required.
The Traddock 12 rooms from $156Austwick, Yorkshire
Comfortable, charming Georgian country house hotel in stunning surroundings on the edge of the Dales. A picturesque garden, cosy bedrooms and sitting room. Award-winning restaurant with organic food and lovely views. Great country pursuits on the doorstep - a good spot for cyclists.Foodies - Award winning restaurant, serving organic, locally sourced foodCountry Escape - Seemingly endless outdoor activities availableKayaking - With Yorkshire Dales GuidesGreat walks - "Three Peaks" of Whernside
Austwick Hall 4 rooms from $156Via Lancaster, Yorkshire
Hotel in old manor house. Charming rooms have antique furniture, four posters, rug-strewn floors and lots of art. Lounge area comes with roaring fire, 13-acre gardens complete with snowdrops. Historic, unusual and authentic.Country Escape - House with plenty of history, and superb unusual gardens to wander through, it is a slice of peace and quietSights nearby - Lawkland Hall is one mile from hotelGreat walks - Through the 13 acres of the gardensFull of character
Cleveland Tontine 7 rooms from $162Staddlebridge, Yorkshire
This 19th century property has undergone a unique transformation since taken over by Charles and Angela. A designer's dream each of the seven bedrooms are decorated in an art-deco style with ornate wallpapers, retro mirrors and antique beds. The conservatory speaks of Indian summers and high tea.Great walks - The Yorkshire Dales have some of the most picturesque walking routes, historic villages and plenty of great pubs!Sights nearby - The historic sites of Mount Grace Priory, Fountains Abbey and Newby Hall are all within a short drive.Designer - Uniquely designed interiors.Local markets - Good for local colour.
Judges Country House Hotel 21 rooms from $162Yarm, Yorkshire
Stately Victorian country house set in 26 acres of attractive gardens. Grand interiors, gourmet restaurant, private woods for walking.Secluded setting - For escaping.Great walks - Good for walkers.
Devonshire Fell Hotel 16 rooms from $173Burnsall, Yorkshire
Colourful, contemporary-style hotel, on the Duke of Devonshire’s Yorkshire estate, with stunning views over a picturesque Wharfedale village. Ideally placed for walks, exploring local villages or picnicking by the river.Foodies - Feast on the locally sourced 1AA Rosette cuisine in the stylish restaurant, followed by a drink in the cosy bar.Country Escape - On the edge of the Yorkshire Dales National Park, surrounded by rolling hills and scenic country.Great walks - Bring your dog and head out rambling among rolling hills, country lanes and along the River Wharfe.Sights nearby - The UNESCO heritage sights of Bolton Abbey Estate and Fountains Abbey are a short drive away.
The Grange Hotel 36 rooms from $174York
Traditional but understated hotel in heart of the historical city of York. Country house elegance, two award-winning restaurants, stylish bedrooms. Comfort, luxury, attention to detail.Restaurant - Two award-winning restaurantsSights nearby - Well located for major sights.
Angel Inn 9 rooms from $187Near Skipton, Yorkshire
15th Century drovers' inn turned in the 1950s to a popular pub in the Dales. Oak beams and chic interiors make the comfortable rooms ooze character. The restaurant serves excellent modern British food. Do not miss a chance to explore the wine cave. Great walking from the door.Foodies - Knockout food crafted from the finest ingrediants, former owner was dubbed “Godfather of the Gastropub”.Country Escape - An ideal escape surrounded by wonderful walking in the Yorkshire countryside.Great walks - Between the world heritage sights and the rolling hills and beautiful valleys, a walk is definitely in order.Sights nearby - Close to Skipton Castle and Bolton Abbey.
Swinton Park Hotel 31 rooms from $187Ripon, Yorkshire
Luxury castle in the Yorkshire Dales. Formal surrounds with a relaxed atmosphere. Award-winning cuisine and cookery school. large individually designed rooms, chintzy fabrics and sash windows. Jam packed with activities and a spa. Ideal for families.Cooking classes - Variety of courses run throughout the year at the on site cookery schoolGarden - 200 acres of parklandGreat walks - Trekking up to the moorland DalesFull of character
Star Inn 8 rooms from $187Harome, Yorkshire
Michelin-starred gastropub-with-rooms in a peaceful farming village, close to the North York Moors. Comfortably rustic rooms in hunting-lodge style, free-ranging hens plus warm, friendly service create a genuinely relaxed atmosphere.Foodies - A north Yorkshire restaurant through and through which holds one Michelin StarGreat walks - Circular walks from the pub or longer hikesSights nearby - Visit the medieval Hemsley CastleFull of character
The Pheasant 12 rooms from $193Near Helmsley, Yorkshire
Tastefully converted smithy on the southern tip of the North York Moors. Central courtyard with fruit trees surrounded by attractive bedrooms. Indoor pool and award-winning restaurant.Swimming Pool - Indoor PoolGreat walks - Good for walkers.Romantic - Good for couples.Sights nearby - Well located for major sights.
White Swan Inn 21 rooms from $198Pickering, Yorkshire
Traditional Georgian coaching inn, overlooking the market square, with creaky floors and low ceilings, a smart dining room and a choice of traditional or contemporary bedrooms. Great location and a genuinely friendly Yorkshire welcome.Value chic - A charming and characterful spot with chic interiors, warm and heartfelt service and gourmet cuisine, at a reasonable price.Back to Nature - A warm a cosy spot to retire to after a tiring day exploring the beautiful Yorkshire Moors.Great walks - North Yorkshire Moors on the doorstep with miles od spectacular walking and breathtaking views.Sights nearby - Visit Castle Howard, Hovingham Hall, Duncombe Park or Helmsley Walled Garden
The Coach House at Middleton Lodge 26 rooms from $212Richmond, Yorkshire
A luxurious country estate for private hire or individual accommodation in a rural setting. Four poster beds, fireplaces, hot tubs in rooms and a special treatment room for natural therapies make this an utterly spoiling stay. Organic food in the Coach House restaurant is a guilt-free treat.Country Escape - Good for weekend getaways. Enjoy the quiet and peaceful atmosphere of this country estateWeddings - if you have a country house wedding in mind, this is it!Writing a novel - Be inspired by the serene atmosphereGreat walks - Beautiful nature walks
Hotel du Vin & Bistro Harrogate 48 rooms from $223Harrogate (West Yorkshire)
A row of Georgian houses wonderfully restored to create this chic spa hotel in Harrogate's Old Town. The comfortable suites ooze grown up style, with free standing tubs, muted tones and hard wood furnishings. Feast on award winning cuisine, sip on champagne and book in for a spa treatment. Bliss!Total relaxation - Unwind in style with bubbely in the courtyard, massages in the elegant spa and gorge in the chic restaurant.Foodies - Foodie Mecca, with award winning cuisine in the hotel bistro, an extensive cellar and more than ample bar!Local exploring - Harrogate is a beautiful town full of history, architectural delights, trendy eateries and boutique shops.Great walks - Just across the road is the historic grassland of The Stray in Old Town, with 200 acres of lawns.
Hotel du Vin & Bistro York 44 rooms from $230York
Located in the Mount area of York - Hotel du Vin has delightful, elegant bedrooms in a charming 19th Century, listed building. Lots of cosy, romantic spots to enjoy drinks and nibbles before venturing out to explore this fabulous city. Quirky and unique fine dining rooms for big celebrations.Foodies - Boasting one of York's most popular restaurantsGreat walks - Walk the City WallsSights nearby - Visit York Minster
Black Swan at Helmsley 45 rooms from $230Helmsley, Yorkshire
A historic former coaching inn turned smart hotel in the charming market town of Helmsley. Bedrooms offer a choice between quirky and original or country-contemporary. Guests love the sleek, fine-dining restaurant, pretty tearoom and lovely walled garden. An elegant escape close to the Moors.Foodies - Foodies will love the award winning restaurant, where everything is made in house using only the best of Yorkshire's produce.Local exploring - A well situated base for exploring this picturesque market town and right on the edge of the Moors.Great walks - Make the most of the over 1,400 miles of country paths and tracks around Ryedale.Sights nearby - Visit the ruins of Helmsley Castle that overlook the town.
Middlethorpe Hall & Spa 29 rooms from $248York
National Trust owned 17th century manor house on the outskirts of York. Majestic gardens, elegant interiors, luxury spa. Award-winning restaurant with garden views.Swimming Pool - Indoor PoolSpa
Feversham Arms Hotel & Verbena Spa 33 rooms from $249Helmsley, Yorkshire
Chic old York stone inn and spa located in a picturesque Yorkshire village. Contemporary interiors meet luxury features to make a relaxing stay. Enjoy a diverse menu at the Weathervane, relax at the heated pool and indulge in spa treatments. A luxurious stay for local exploring.Foodies - Foodies will love the locally sourced and expertly crafted menu, plus a hearty breakfast is included in the price.Romantic Break - A secluded spot to getaway together, with tandem massages, deep soaking tubs, cosy corners and crakling fires.Great walks - The hotel is on the edge of the Moors and close to a National Park, an ideal spot for rambling.Sights nearby - Helmsley Castle, Castle Howard and Helmsley Walled Garden are all worth checking out.
The Devonshire Arms Hotel and Spa 40 rooms from $323Skipton, Yorkshire
The former Coaching Inn on the Duke of Devonshire's Bolton Abbey estate is now a romantic hideaway spa hotel. Classic rooms exude comfort and style. 4 AA Rosette fine dining, a brasserie, indoor pool and stunning parkland setting makes this a popular place for families, wedding parties and romance.Hideaway - Mouthwatering food, wonderful service, plenty of activities and old school suites complete with fourposters and walk in showers.Active Holiday - With miles of walking, plus clay pigeon shooting, fly-fishing, and falconry available at Bolton Abbey Estate.Fishing - Fly fishing for brown trout and grayling along a 4.5 mile stretch of River Wharfe.Great walks - Ask at reception for some of well trodden and loved walking routes in the area.Recommended by - Small Luxury Hotels
Yorke Arms 15 rooms from $429near Harrogate, Yorkshire
Michelin-starred food at this superb traditional village inn in the rolling Dales. Cosy, traditional rooms, some with mahogany four poster beds. An outstanding location for trekkers or 'view admirers' alike. Food to impress even the harshest of critics. A rural abode in full perfection.Restaurant - Held one Michelin Star since 2003Great walks - Build an appetite on a long walk starting right from the hotel doorRestrictions on children - Allows 'young adults'Full of character
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The largest county in England, Yorkshire, has a huge variety of countryside and a vast array of things to do whilst enjoying its wild beauty and rugged charm. The cities of York and Leeds and the spa town of Harrogate are good bases from which to explore and can boast many of the best places to stay in Yorkshire, but the countryside and villages are also teeming with good hotels and pubs.
The people of Yorkshire are rightly proud of their county and its sporting prowess and few who know it can have been surprised when Yorkshire came 15th in the medal table at the 2012 Olympics in London. Regarded as one of the spiritual heartlands of cycling in the UK, Yorkshire is a must for anyone who likes to explore on two wheels.
The best places to stay in Yorkshire get snapped up quickly during the busy summer months so early booking is recommended.
- For tradition and comfort executed in a modern style the Star Inn, a pub with rooms near Helmsley is fabulous. One of the rooms has a pool table at the end of the bed, but if that isn't recommendation enough, breakfast is eaten in a beamed circular room at a circular table. A lovely laid-back mixture of rustic and modern with great food, it is highly recommended.
- The Devonshire Arms is a lovely country house hotel set in glorious parkland with a spa, two good restaurants (one with a Michelin Star) and a Helipad.
- Its sister hotel, the equally comfortable Devonshire Fell is more informal with bold colourful interiors. Guests have access to the pool and spa facilities of the Devonshire Arms.
- Another relaxed pub with rooms is the White Swan Inn, an updated 16th Century coaching inn in Pickering. The stultifying traditional residents lounge of old has been re-imagined here as the Club Room kitted out with pool table, newspapers, magazines and an honesty bar.
- The Traddock is a cosy Georgian country house hotel in stunning countryside on the edge of the Yorkshire Dales. All bedrooms are individually decorated, some with roll-top baths. Dinner in the award-winning organic restaurant is a treat.
- The eco friendly Swinton Park Hotel set in 200 acres of parkland with a lake and walled garden between the Yorkshire Dales and North York Moors National Parks manages to be grand (being in a castle) and unpretentious. The food is mostly sourced from the estate and there is a cookery school in the former stables run by Chef Stephen Bulmer.
For those who prefer to base themselves somewhere more urban the excellent Hotel du Vin chain has places to stay in both York and Harrogate.
- The bedrooms in Hotel du Vin York, housed in a purpose-built extension are boutiquey and comfy with splashes of colour. The reliable bistro has a racing theme.
- Hotel du Vin Harrogate feels slightly corporate but is comfy and cheery with a champagne and claret bar which must look irresistible after a long day.
- Back in York, The Grange is a traditional Georgian hotel in a great location at the heart of the city. A mix of swaggy swirly canopied old school in some bedrooms and Farrow & Balled wooden-floored modernity in the public areas, the owners know how to look after their guests well.
- The hundred year-old Balmoral in Harrogate has similar drinking and eating areas but with slightly more modern bedrooms. Open fires and a lively bistro make this a popular spot.
- 42 The Calls in Leeds was one of the first boutique hotels to open outside London and is still the best place to stay in the city. A converted 18th century corn mill, the bedrooms verge on the masculine but are full of rugged character.