The largest county in England and one of the most rural and unspoilt, Yorkshire contains two National Parks, the Yorkshire Dales National Park in the west and the North York Moors National Park in the East, both areas of outstanding natural beauty. So it’s no surprise that some of the best hotels in rural Yorkshire are also some of the best places to stay when visiting the county.
The countryside surrounding our picks for the best hotels in Rural Yorkshire is never dull: the heather-smothered Moors are wild and awe-inspiring, whilst the Dales are gentler, their lush valleys interspersed with bare brown fells.
Some of our hotels are in the depths of the countryside, others in hamlets or rural villages, but all provide a comfortable base for enjoying the challenging and rewarding walks, historic sights and stunning scenery which makes this such a fantastic place to visit.
The Angel Inn at Hetton is a former cattle drovers' inn, parts of which are over 500 years old, or try The Traddock near Clapham, a welcoming Georgian country house hotel on the edge of the National Park, with lovely views and a good restaurant serving local food.
The Black Swan has a superb location in the centre of Helmsley, and has plenty of charm, with genuine creaky wooden floorboards and a really lovely outlook. Or try the Star Inn in Harome, a relaxed pub with eight rooms and Michelin star cooking.
The Charles Bathurst Inn has spectacular views of the Yorkshire dales and despite being an 18th Century conversion, has light modern rooms and hearty food.
The Lister Arms near Malham is a good spot for walkers: situated on the Pennine Way, it has a cosy popular bar, comfortable bedrooms and good home cooking, or you could try the Punch Bowl Inn, which has great views and a very friendly bar.
The Devonshire Arms Country House Hotel and Spa, on the Duke of Devonshire's Bolton Abbey Estate, has a Michelin-starred restaurant as well as a brasserie, and the spa facilities are top class. Also with a Michelin star is the Yorke Arms, a traditional village inn with cosy rooms and elegant public areas.
The Devonshire Fell Hotel is a pub with rooms in the pretty village of Burnsall, with bright decor, generous sized rooms and a friendly atmosphere, or you could splurge at the Swinton Park Hotel, an impressive castle hotel set in a 200 acre park full of family entertainments.
The Boar's Head Hotel is an elegant old coaching inn near Harrogate, packed with antiques and art and a good restaurant. Rooms start from around £100 per night.
The Burgoyne Hotel is a welcoming village inn with a country house feel and beautiful rural views. They also have an excellent restaurant. As does the Sportsman's Arms, an old fashioned county hotel in the outstandingly beautiful Nidd valley.
Nr 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.
Near 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
near 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.
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.
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.
Old fashioned country hotel in the Nidd valley, popular with walkers. Outstanding countryside. Simple rooms but standout food.
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.
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.
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.
nr 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.