The largest county in England and one of the most rural and unspoilt, Yorkshire contains two National Parks, the Dales in the west and the Moors in the East, both areas of outstanding natural beauty. The heather-smothered Moors are wild and awe-inspiring, whilst the Dales, where you'll find most of our hotels - some in the depths of the countryside, others in hamlets or rural villages - are gentler, their lush valleys interspersed with bare brown fells. The countryside here is never dull: there are rivers, burbling streams, tarns and waterfalls, fields of grazing sheep, divided by dry-stone walls, and a scattering of ruined medieval castles. With its stunning scenery as backdrop and network of paths and tracks, there are few places in England with more challenging or rewarding walks. The order by which the hotels are listed bears no reflection on our preference.
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.
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.
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.
Spectacular views of the Yorkshire Dales from this convivial converted 18th-century inn. Light modern rooms, hearty food, great walking and cycling country.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Cosy three bedroom inn owned by English Heritage with a romantic setting opposite abbey ruins, restored to its Victorian farmhouse roots. A quiet retreat.
Old fashioned country hotel in the Nidd valley, popular with walkers. Outstanding countryside. Simple rooms but standout food.
North Yorkshire Dales
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.
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.
Historic Elizabethan coaching inn on the North Yorkshire Moors. Rural ambiance and romantic charm. Individually designed rooms with wooden floorboards and beams. Restaurant and bar.
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.