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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 will host the Grand Départ of the 2014 Tour de France on the 5th and 6th of July. The best places to stay in Yorkshire will be snapped up quickly so early booking is recommended.

Best places to stay in rural Yorkshire

  • Below is an extensive list of our favourite places to stay in Yorkshire but let us whet your appetite with some rural recommendations.
  • 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.

Best places to stay in Yorkshire for urbanites

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.

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  • 42 The Calls

    Leeds, Yorkshire

    Leeds' first boutique hotel is still the best place to stay in the city, an old riverside mill conversion full of modern art, with contemporary bedrooms of character.

    41 rooms from $138
    Lively  -  Hip and happening.
    Recommended by  -  Good Hotel Guide
  • Wood Hall Hotel & Spa

    Wetherby, 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.

    44 rooms from $186
    Views  -  Great views from hotel
    Spa
    Swimming Pool  -  Indoor/outdoor
    Four poster beds  -  For romantics.

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  • 42 The Calls

    Leeds, Yorkshire

    Leeds' first boutique hotel is still the best place to stay in the city, an old riverside mill conversion full of modern art, with contemporary bedrooms of character.

    41 rooms from $138
    Lively  -  Hip and happening.
    Recommended by  -  Good Hotel Guide
  • Hotel du Vin & Bistro Harrogate

    Harrogate, Yorkshire

    Hip and happening hotel from the du Vin chain, popular with travelling businessmen, but tourists too. Excellent bistro food, all the mod cons, overlooking The Stray (the common).

    48 rooms from $276
    Lively  -  Hip and happening.
  • Millgate House

    Richmond, Yorkshire

    Regency house B&B with an award-winning garden, full of art and antiques. Dinners can be arranged for groups. Three large bedrooms, great comfort and style in historic Yorkshire town.

    3 rooms from $178
    Garden  -  Attractive outside space.
    Restrictions on children  -  No children under 10
    Full of character
    Recommended by  -  Good Hotel Guide, Sawdays
  • The Balmoral Hotel

    Harrogate, Yorkshire

    Traditional old Harrogate hotel transformed with contemporary styling with plush bathrooms and a lively bistro. Close to the centre with fine gardens, a relaxing place to stay.

    23 rooms from $114
    Sights nearby  -  Well located for major sights.
  • Boar's Head Hotel

    nr Harrogate, Yorkshire

    Very elegant old coaching inn-cum-hotel filled with antiques and paintings, on Ripley Castle estate. Choice of formal and bistro dining, with pretty, very comfortable bedrooms.

    25 rooms from $162
    Restaurant  -  Recommended.
    Romantic  -  Good for couples.
    Full of character
    Recommended by  -  Good Hotel Guide
  • Feversham Arms Hotel & Verbena Spa

    Helmsley, Yorkshire

    Lovely old York stone inn-hotel in a picturesque village with chic, modern interiors, and a welcome heated pool and spa. Fine dining, a luxurious stay for local exploring.

    33 rooms from $227
    Restaurant  -  Recommended.
    Great walks  -  The hotel is on the edge of the Moors and close to a National Park
    Sights nearby  -  Helmsley Castle, Castle Howard and Helmsley Walled Garden
    Swimming Pool  -  Indoor Pool
  • White Swan Inn

    Pickering, Yorkshire

    Imaginatively updated 16th-century coaching inn with tasteful modern bedrooms, a chill out 'Bothy' for residents, and fine bistro fare.

    21 rooms from $225
    Exclusive offer  -  Winter Supper Offer
    Restaurant  -  Recommended.
    Sights nearby  -  Visit Castle Howard, Hovingham Hall, Duncombe Park or Helmsley Walled Garden
    Great walks  -  North Yorkshire Moors on the doorstep
    Recommended by  -  Good Hotel Guide, Sawdays
  • Angel Inn

    nr Skipton, Yorkshire

    Cosy, former crofters cottage turned pub in the Dales, oak beamed and full of character, serving excellent modern British food. Great walking from the door.

    9 rooms from $227
    Restaurant  -  Choose between the Bar Brasserie or slightly more formal restaurant
    Sights nearby  -  Close to Skipton Castle and Bolton Abbey
    Secluded setting  -  For escaping.
    Views  -  Great views from hotel
    Recommended by  -  Sawdays
  • Swinton Park Hotel

    Ripon, Yorkshire

    Impressive castle hotel with a relaxed atmosphere and award-winning cuisine and cookery school. Set in a 200 acre park, ideal for families, packed with activities, plus a spa.

    31 rooms from $316
    Child friendly  -  Plenty of activities including kites to borrow, boules pitch, and nature trails
    Cooking classes  -  Variety of courses run throughout the year
    Garden  -  200 acres of parkland
    Great walks  -  Trekking up to the moorland Dales
    Recommended by  -  Good Hotel Guide, Frommers
  • Charles Bathurst Inn

    Arkengarthdale, Yorkshire

    Spectacular views of the Yorkshire Dales from this convivial converted 18th-century inn. Light modern rooms, hearty food, great walking and cycling country.

    19 rooms from $175
    Great walks  -  In the middle of the Dales
    Views  -  Great views from hotel
    Remote  -  Off the beaten track.
    Fishing  -  Excellent fishing nearby.
  • Burgoyne Hotel

    Richmond, Yorkshire

    Welcoming village hotel with a country house feel, plush, comfortable rooms and a superb outlook. Excellent dinners, and elegant interiors make this a great escape for urbanites.

    8 rooms from $224
    Views  -  Great views from hotel
    Great walks  -  Good for walkers.
    Recommended by  -  Sawdays
  • Star Inn

    Harome, Yorkshire

    Relaxed pub, restaurant and lovely rooms in a lodge with bags of character, on the edge of the North Yorks Moors. Thatched, old beams and inspired cooking. Plenty to do. Stress busting.

    8 rooms from $243
    Restaurant  -  Recommended.
    Great walks  -  Circular walks from the pub or longer hikes
    Full of character
    Cooking classes  -  Check for timings.
    Recommended by  -  Good Hotel Guide
  • Yorke Arms

    near Harrogate, Yorkshire

    Michelin-starred food at this superb traditional village inn in the rolling Dales. Cosy, contemporary and traditional rooms, elegant public areas, and great walking outside.

    15 rooms from $470
    Restaurant  -  Has held one Michelin Star since 2003.
    Full of character
    Secluded setting  -  For escaping.
    Views  -  Great views from hotel
  • The Devonshire Arms Country House Hotel and Spa

    Skipton, Yorkshire

    Romantic former coaching inn on the Duke of Devonshire's Bolton Abbey estate, now a fine country house hotel with spa. Beautiful setting in parkland. Michelin starred cooking as well as a brasserie. Popular for weddings. Helicopter pad.

    40 rooms from $405
    Exclusive offer  -  Suite Dreams
    Restaurant  -  Michelin starred restaurant
    Swimming Pool  -  Indoor
    Spa
    Romantic  -  Good for couples.
    Recommended by  -  Small Luxury Hotels, Signpost
  • Bar Convent Guesthouse

    York, Yorkshire

    Unusual guesthouse in an elegant living convent

    18 rooms from $107
    Historic  -  England's oldest convent founded in 1686
    Sights nearby  -  Visit York Minster, the Richard III Museum and the National Railway Museum
  • Devonshire Fell Hotel

    Burnsall, Yorkshire

    Glorious views outside, vibrant colours inside this funky and informal estate hotel, a contrasting twin to the more formal Devonshire Arms. Good family suites and laid back brasserie. Access to pool and spa facilities of its sister hotel.

    12 rooms from $209
    Restaurant  -  2 AA Rosettes
    Views  -  Lovely river and countryside views
    Great walks  -  Walk straight out into the Dales
    Quirky  -  An experience!
    Recommended by  -  Sawdays, Signpost
  • The Abbey Inn

    North Yorkshire

    Cosy three bedroom inn owned by English Heritage with a romantic setting opposite abbey ruins, restored to its Victorian farmhouse roots. A quiet retreat.

    2 rooms from $178
    Romantic  -  Good for couples.
    Great walks  -  North York Moors on the doorstep
    Sights nearby  -  Overlooks Byland Abbey
    Secluded setting  -  For escaping.
  • Sportsman's Arms

    Wath-in-Nidderdale, Yorkshire

    Old fashioned country hotel in the Nidd valley, popular with walkers. Outstanding countryside. Simple rooms but standout food.

    11 rooms from $195
    Restaurant  -  Recommended.
    Views  -  Great views from hotel
    Fishing  -  Excellent fishing nearby.
    Great walks  -  Good for walkers.
    Recommended by  -  Signpost
  • The Traddock

    Austwick, Yorkshire

    Comfortable, charming Georgian country house hotel in stunning countryside on the edge of the Yorkshire Dales. Award-winning restaurant with organic food, lovely views from rooms.

    12 rooms from $154
    Great walks  -  "Three Peaks" or the Wainwright walk to Crummackdale from the front door
    Garden  -  Attractive outside space.
    Restaurant  -  Recommended.
    Local markets  -  Good for local colour.
    Recommended by  -  Good Hotel Guide, Johansens, Sawdays, Signpost
  • Punch Bowl Inn

    Richmond, Yorkshire

    Stylish rooms and dining in Swaledale in prime walking country with superb views. Sister hotel to the Charles Bathurst - simple, comfortable with good food in excellent outdoor locations.

    11 rooms from $175
    Restaurant  -  Recommended.
    Great walks  -  Good for walkers.
    Views  -  Great views from hotel
    Outstanding location
  • Hotel du Vin & Bistro York

    York, Yorkshire

    One of the latest in the growing chain of boutique city hotels with a business twist, with colourful, quirky, contemporary rooms and convenient bistro dining with good wines.

    44 rooms from $306
    Sights nearby  -  Visit York Minster, the Yorvik Museum or simply walk the city walls
  • The Lister Arms

    nr Skipton, Yorkshire

    Gloriously situated coaching inn in the Yorkshire Dales National Park on the Pennine Way, a perfect base for walking. Buzzy bar with dogs, fires and home cooking. Good value.

    9 rooms from $123
    Great walks  -  On the Pennine Way
    Views  -  Great views from hotel
    Recommended by  -  Sawdays
  • Middlethorpe Hall & Spa

    York, Yorkshire

    National Trust owned 17th century manor house on the outskirts of York. Majestic gardens, elegant interiors, luxury spa. Award-winning restaurant with garden views.

    29 rooms from $323
    Swimming Pool  -  Indoor Pool
    Spa
    Recommended by  -  Frommers, Good Hotel Guide, Michelin Travel
  • Judges Country House Hotel

    Yarm, Yorkshire

    Stately Victorian country house set in 26 acres of attractive gardens. Grand interiors, gourmet restaurant, private woods for walking.

    21 rooms from $211
    Secluded setting  -  For escaping.
    Great walks  -  Good for walkers.
    Recommended by  -  Good Hotel Guide, Sawdays
  • The Pheasant

    Near 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.

    12 rooms from $251
    Swimming Pool  -  Indoor Pool
    Great walks  -  Good for walkers.
    Romantic  -  Good for couples.
    Sights nearby  -  Well located for major sights.
    Recommended by  -  Good Hotel Guide, Sawdays
  • The Grange Hotel

    York, Yorkshire

    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.

    36 rooms from $227
    Restaurant  -  Two award-winning restaurants
    Sights nearby  -  Well located for major sights.
    Recommended by  -  Sawdays, Michelin Travel
  • Best Western Dean Court Hotel

    York, Yorkshire

    Hotel at the heart of historic York. Two excellent restaurants and bar. Stylish and family friendly. Contemporary rooms with individual designs.

    37 rooms from $243
    Sights nearby  -  Well located for major sights.
    Recommended by  -  Frommers, Good Hotel Guide, Michelin Travel
  • Crathorne Hall Hotel

    Yarm, Yorkshire

    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.

    37 rooms from $162
    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.
  • Wood Hall Hotel & Spa

    Wetherby, 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.

    44 rooms from $186
    Views  -  Great views from hotel
    Spa
    Swimming Pool  -  Indoor/outdoor
    Four poster beds  -  For romantics.
  • The Wensleydale Heifer

    Leyburn, 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 Movies

    14 rooms from $195
    Suites  -  Suites are all individually decorated and themed, choose from Choclate Heaven, 007, Black Sheep or Champagne suite
    Restaurant  -  Awarding wining restaurant, expect locally sourced food and wonderful proper Yorkshire breakfasts
    Sitting Room  -  Comfortable leather armchairs, log fires and afternoon tea after a walk in the Dales
    Rural  -  Ideal base for exploring the Yorkshire Dales National Park
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