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Yorkshire is well known for hearty food and sturdy hospitality surrounded by rolling hills of unmatched scenery, but what if we told you it’s full of secret Boutique Hotels? Below is a glittering showcase of the best Boutique Hotels in Yorkshire that God’s Own Country has to offer.
From personal barrel-saunas to classically themed bedrooms and converted stately homes, these scintillating hotels, inns and spas give the cloistered London stalwarts a run for their money. Being a huge county, these boutique hotels have the benefit of space, there’s more air to breathe here and a stay in any of these glorious places will leave you feeling refreshed and revitalised.
Best Boutique Hotels in the East Riding of Yorkshire
The East Riding of Yorkshire offers quaint fishing villages and miles of fabulous coasts, providing these boutique hotels in Yorkshire with catch-of-the-day seafood.
Tickton Grange Country Hotel, Beverley
Winners of East Yorkshire’s REYTA awards for Restaurant of the Year and Hotel of the Year, Tickton Grange is the stately aunt who will welcome you into her arms and shower you with lavish food in splendid surrounds. Situated just a short drive from Beverly, described as the jewel of East Yorkshire. The elegance of their luxury rooms will whisper Georgian sweet nothings into your ear as you enjoy the softest of Yorkshire yarns, cosy robes and original features. Forget hunger during your stay, at Tickton Grange their food is their craft. You can choose a more relaxed menu within their Library for lunch and their renowned afternoon tea, or dine in their Hide restaurant for a full adventure of culinary delights. Their treasure trove of spaces ranging from The Broadley Room to the Garden Room and Rose Room can accommodate parties of 20 to 150 in Bourgeois splendour.
Perfect for a flavour of well-deserved luxury.
Tickton Grange Hotel, Tickton, Beverley, East Yorkshire HU17 9SH – https://ticktongrange.co.uk/
The Pipe and Glass, South Dalton
This impressive 15th-century pub stretches itself in front of the manicured gardens of Dalton Park like a cat in the sunshine. You can’t help but be warmed by its charm and character which entreat you to unwind in one of their five luxury, individual suites. Peppered with wonderful touches such as Nespresso machines and fluffy bathrobes; you’ll hardly want to leave. But when you do, to visit their Michelin-Starred restaurant, you’ll wonder why you didn’t sooner. Chef James Mackenzie began his career aged 13, and, along with his wife Kate, brings a touch of modernity to stalwart pub classics. Quiet intimacy can be found in The Hotham Room and Chef’s Library with a bespoke dining experience for between six to ten people leaving you feeling reconnected and relaxed.
Perfect for a cosy retreat with close friends.
Pipe and Glass, West End, South Dalton, Beverley, East Yorkshire HU17 7PN – https://www.pipeandglass.co.uk/
Best Boutique Hotels in North Yorkshire
In North Yorkshire you can traverse the pristine Yorkshire Dales and rugged North Yorks Moors National Parks, taking in the beauty of the chocolate-box market towns.
Yorebridge House, Bainbridge
This beautiful converted Grammar School and Headmaster’s House is a multi-award winning 5-Star boutique hotel in Yorkshire. Set in Wensleydale which is a part of the North Yorkshire Dales. Owners Dave and Charlotte Reilly have taken only a few years to transform this property into an award-winning destination, creating an oasis of up-scale calm run by a dedicated team of experts in hospitality. Their contemporary rooms capture fabulous views through sweeping Victorian windows – some even with private outdoor hot tubs for your personal use as you stay. As night draws in you will be charmed by the hotel’s romantic atmosphere as you imbibe superb food from their 3-AA-Rosette winning restaurant. Head Chef Dan Shotton and his team have crafted menus that reflect the character of the hotel, served by knowledgeable but friendly staff.
The ultimate romantic getaway
Yorebridge House, Bainbridge, North Yorkshire DL8 3EE UK – https://www.yorebridgehouse.co.uk/
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The Plough Inn, Scalby
Nestled on the cusp of the rugged North Yorks National Park, the Plough Inn is a cosy oasis in which to brace yourself with local craft ales and sumptuous, wholesome food created by Head Chef Jon Smith and his team. The atmosphere of warmth will leave you feeling blissful as you enjoy a fire-side feast from their weekly specials board, crafted from seasonal Yorkshire ingredients. As the night closes in, you can let the bubbles of a roll-top bath unwind you in one of eight luxury en-suite bedrooms which have been designed by award-winning Interior Designer Rachel McLane. A boutique hotel in Yorkshire you’ll want to return to time and time again.
Perfect for a home-away-from-home feeling of peace.
21-23 High Street, Scalby, Scarborough YO13 0PT – https://theploughscalby.co.uk/
Ox Pasture Hall Hotel, Nr Scarborough
A group of charming buildings, romantically adorned with ivy, invite you to unwind in a beautiful yet unpretentious converted farmhouse, regarded as the best luxury hotel in Scarborough. The Ox Pasture Hall Hotel may be less than a mile from the town but feels deep within the heart of the evocative North York Moors National Park. Here, rusticity meets freshness to offer inviting surrounds for meals prepared with local ingredients and finished off with the finesse of imagination. This is a true Boutique hotel in Yorkshire, combining quiet luxury, a relaxing atmosphere, charm and all the character associated with a superb country house hotel. Among others, they offer a Lazy Sunday package for ultimate relaxation. A three-course dinner in the Bistro, along with a bottle of wine, will send you into blissful sleep followed by a decadent full Yorkshire breakfast and late Monday checkout. Serenity to a T.
Perfect for a meditative space free from pretence.
Ox Pasture Hall Country House Hotel, Lady Edith’s Drive, Scarborough, North York Moors National Park, North Yorkshire YO12 5TD – https://www.oxpasturehallhotel.com/
Devonshire Arms Hotel and Spa, Bolton Abbey, Nr Skipton
Skipton was named the happiest place in the UK, and the best place to live in 2017, so why not indulge in a slice of this joy at The Devonshire Arms Hotel and Spa. With hospitality roots dating back to the 17th century, the traditions of a warm welcome and faultless service are at the hotel’s beating heart. The Devonshire Arms boasts a kitchen garden that produces sumptuous ingredients, along with local produce that makes up their extensive menus. Whether you’re looking for afternoon tea with stunning views, gastropub classics in their 1-AA-Rosette awarded Brasserie, or the ultimate foodie experience at the 4-AA-Rosette awarded Burlington restaurant, their experienced chefs will see it done.
Unforgettable food deserves an award-winning wine list, from which you can experience bespoke wine flights chosen by the Head Sommelier to elevate your meal to exquisite levels of heady indulgence. Unwind further in the Devonshire Spa – housed in an ancient barn, the healing energies flow through its charming original features, instilling peace. This impressive Spa boasts four therapy rooms, an indoor pool. Steam room, sauna, Rasul temple, relaxation space and lounge with breath-taking views of the countryside. Offering couples escapes, day packages along with calming evening experiences, there’s a treatment to soothe any ache. What’s more, this boutique hotel in Yorkshire is dog-friendly, perfect for breathtaking walks on the Bolton Abbey Estate.
Perfect for absolute pampering with sensational food and wines.
The Devonshire Arms Hotel & Spa, Bolton Abbey Estate, Skipton, Yorkshire Dales National Park, North Yorkshire BD23 6AJ – https://www.thedevonshirearms.co.uk/
The Devonshire Fell Hotel, Nr Skipton
Placed in endless emerald hills, The Devonshire Fell Hotel is so connected with nature it is evocative of camping – if camping came in the form of a boutique hideaway replete with feather pillows, king size beds and en-suites. Ensconced in its charming Edwardian architecture, you will enjoy truly exceptional dining at their restaurant which holds 2-AA-Rosettes with dishes prepared from local produce. Head Chef Rob Harrison’s food has an understated elegance to it – simple ingredients cooked perfectly with expertise and passion. Imagine a lazy morning in an outstanding room, an exciting day of exploring the rugged Dales, finished with decadent food in a calm setting. Spend a few days like this and thoughts of stress will simply melt away. Like its sister hotel, The Devonshire Arms Hotel & Spa, it is also very dog-friendly and you’ll have access to the Devonshire Arms Spa.
Perfect for a country retreat.
The Devonshire Fell Hotel, Burnsall Village, Skipton, Yorkshire Dales National Park, North Yorkshire BD23 6BT- https://www.devonshirefell.co.uk/
Gray’s Court Hotel, York
If you’re looking for delightful luxury, Gray’s Court Hotel has the majesty of a King’s hideaway. These walls have seen knighthoods bestowed and played host to royalty, so an elegant stay is guaranteed. Situated in the heart of York’s ancient streets, this hotel rubs shoulders with both the city’s wall and York Minster – you need never walk more than a few minutes away from the beckon of the boutique hotel’s warm hospitality. This ‘country house in the city’ offers the opulence of a state banquet from it’s 2-AA-Rosette awarded Bow Room restaurant. When staying here, you will enjoy a cooked-to-order breakfast for each night, and the delights of the Bow Room restaurant in the evening. Head Chef Joe Clapham and his team take your meals as seriously as they would a member of the Royal family’s – so make sure to mention your food loves and hates and they will create a meal tailored to you. The degree of care the chefs and owner Helen Heraty take over each guest is heart-warming and makes for an idyllic stay.
The perfect boutique hotel in Yorkshire, in the city
Gray’s Court Hotel, Chapter House Street, York, YO1 7JH – https://www.grayscourtyork.com/
The Star Inn at Harome
The Star Inn is where the rivers of chic Michelin-starred dining and cosy thatched-cottage dining meet. And what a wonderful warm lagoon it is. Head Chef and Owner Andrew Pern has lovingly endowed this 14th-century inn with the grace of fine dining and comfort of fire-side grub. The restaurant offers a choice of menus, from the Table d’Hote-style fixed Locals’ Menu at £20 for two courses or £25 for three, to A la Carte Menu and a 7-Course Tasting Menu. Daily Specials allow the Chefs to take advantage of catch-of-the-day fresh fish, limited availability game and kitchen garden produce, as the seasons allow. And why leave this dreamy foodie fug? Their nine bespoke rooms are a chocolate box of surprises. Will you be going for the rope-slung bed? Or the room with a bath at the foot of the bed? Perhaps you will plump for the room with a snooker table, or the one with a piano? Whatever you choose, the wonderful quirkiness of the Star Inn will captivate and inspire.
Perfect for an Alice in Wonderland style of jollity.
The Star Inn, High Street, Harome, York, YO62 5JE – http://www.thestaratharome.co.uk/
The Black Swan Hotel, Helmsley
A gourmet getaway like no other, The Black Swan Hotel is perched on the boarders of the North Yorks Moors National Park, within the heart of one of Yorkshire’s prettiest Market Towns, Helmsley. Their forty-five individually inspired, comfortable rooms range from singles to suites, and all offer the relief of a home-from-home experience. With luxury Temple Spa toiletries in your en-suite and swaddling duvets, you’ll hardly want to leave your homely enclave. But you must, because their 3-AA-Rosette restaurant, The Gallery, beckons you with smells of the best Yorkshire ingredients served with a flavoursome modern simplicity. Expect roaring open fires, dogs relaxing after their long walks, creaky floors, hearty breakfasts and warm hospitality. The Black Swan Inn has tailored a retreat which combines a historic boutique hotel experience with gastronomic fanfare. Top tip – their afternoon tea is a must-try after being awarded the equivalent of a Michelin-Star.
Perfect for a cosy stay and immersive foodie experience.
The Black Swan Hotel, Market Place, Helmsley, North Yorkshire YO62 5BJ – https://www.blackswan-helmsley.co.uk/
This boutique guest house is near no bustling towns or busy cities – and therein lies its quintessentially country charm. Brownber Hall is in the northern heart of the stunning Yorkshire Dales and just a stone’s throw from the poetic landscape of the Lake District. Here one can feel truly connected to the romantic landscape that inspired some of the best British writers from Wordsworth to Bronte. Offering the epitome of romantic breaks, Brownber Hall pairs eclectic vintage furniture with picturesque views in eight beautiful rooms. Choosing between sitting in front of the roaring fire of the Drawing Room or absorbing the views of the magnificent Howgill Fells will be your hardest decision during your stay. A day started with homemade granola, freshly baked sourdough and local Westmore sausages and bacon will always be a delight. And with their fresh, stone-baked pizzas made in the Neapolitan style, you have a guaranteed happy ending to the day, too!
Perfect for an escape from urban life.
Brownber Hall, Newbiggin-on-Lune, Kirkby Stephen, Cumbria CA17 4NX – http://brownberhall.co.uk/
The Angel at Hetton, Nr Skipton
Skipton features again in our best boutique hotels in Yorkshire menu, and The Angel at Hetton mirrors Skipton’s peaceful beauty to a spectacular gleam. Regarded as the UK’s original gastropub, this historic inn has hundreds of years of delightful dining and drinking history. Head Chef Michael Wignall has brought his two Michelin Stars to The Angel and reimagined the restaurant to create a contemporary selection of menus. These range from a bespoke A la Carte offering, a Tasting Menu and extensive vegetarian collection that plays on the wonderful, local produce found on The Angel’s doorstep. The Angel offers the best in boujee rooms, with nine en-suites situated in the Fell View Barn and gorgeous Sycamore Bank cottage conversion. A refreshing night’s sleep is guaranteed in either a king or queen-sized bed – and all rooms are dog-friendly, so you can bring along your furry friends to enjoy the stay too.
Perfect for a warm welcome and outstanding food
The Angel Inn, Hetton, Near Skipton, North Yorkshire BD23 6LT – https://angelhetton.co.uk/
The Wensleydale Heifer, West Witton
Sitting on the quiet doorstep of the rolling Yorkshire Dales, the Wensleydale Heifer might seem an unlikely contender for a fish bar, but its award-winning food ignores its land-locked location – making it a hidden gem. They source the finest seafood the British Isles has to offer, with the philosophy of ‘Keep it Simple’, their international Chefs bring understated excitement to the peaceful Dales.
To enjoy the Dales’ scenery further, the Heifer’s Restaurant Garden offers a divine outside eating experience. Not satisfied with just an extravagant lobster menu, the Heifer boasts a fantastic steak menu and all meats are served with every side dish imaginable including Celeriac and Truffle Puree, Beer Batter Onion Rings and Roast Shallot Confit. The Heifer offers a selection of comfortable rooms each with a unique character; hunting-lodge theme meets modern luxury with antlers and en-suites with Molton Brown toiletries.
Perfect for a true Dales hideaway with a seaside lilt.
The Wensleydale Heifer Hotel & Restaurant, West Witton, Leyburn, North Yorkshire DL8 4LS – https://www.wensleydaleheifer.co.uk/
The Cleveland Tontine, Northallerton
The Cleveland Tontine has been a resting place for weary travellers on and off for over 200 years, so you can be sure of a soothing stay. Perched on the western edge of the North Yorks Moors National Park, this beautiful property is surrounded by sublime views and just a stone’s throw from the Mount Grace Priory ruins. With its beautiful Grade 1 listed ceiling and huge open fire, the Cleveland Tontine 2AA-Rosette-awarded restaurant is a wonderful place to relax and enjoy fantastic food and wine.
The staff pride themselves on outstanding service and this shines through their customer testimonials. While staying in one of their individually designed rooms, you will enjoy 24hr room service, as well as lavish under-floor heated bathrooms with L’Occitane Toiletries. Cosy is the word that comes to mind. Vibrant splashes of colour from modern wallpapers and quirky mirrors then remind you that you’re in the boujee world of boutique hotels in Yorkshire, making the cosy into luxurious.
Perfect for luxury splashed with colour.
The Cleveland Tontine, Staddlebridge, Northallerton DL6 3JB – https://www.theclevelandtontine.com/
The Talbot Hotel, Malton
With food at its heart, The Talbot, a seventeenth-century riverside coaching inn, follows the trend of the foodie destination town of Malton. There’s an unfussy ‘come one, come all’ vibe given off by its beautifully sturdy hardwood floors – wellies and dogs welcomed happily. The Talbot restaurant offers food throughout the day with an ever-changing menu beginning with breakfast at 7 am and ending with supper at 9.30 pm. The jewel in the foodie crown of The Talbot is the Feasting Room complete with a long Tudor-style wooden dining table, perfect for an all-out family gathering. The Talbot boasts an impressive array of rooms, from Family Rooms to Cosy Rooms, each with a devilishly Victorian charm of marble bathrooms and deep hues of teal, red and gold. Come in after a long day trekking the peaks and valleys of the Moors for a pint and perfect Sunday roast; mud, dog and all. Then stay the night to complete the fuzzy experience.
Perfect for hearty Yorkshire food prepared with a loving hand.
The Talbot, Yorkersgate, Malton, North Yorkshire YO17 7AJ – https://www.talbotmalton.co.uk/
The Black Bull at Sedbergh
Right on the edge of where the Yorkshire Dales meets the Lake District sits the recently revamped Black Bull Inn. Situated in historic market town of Sedbergh, this stunning 17th-century coaching house is now a luxurious 18-bedroom boutique hotel, pub and restaurant. Its location makes the perfect base for walkers, cyclists and foodies alike.
Expect beautifully styled modern rooms and the cosiness of a traditional pub downstairs, with wooden floors, red-banquette seating and wood-burning stoves. You won’t need to leave the comfort of this friendly inn when it comes to food. Co-owner and head chef Nina’s Japanese and German backgrounds influence their menus. Featuring delicious gastropub classics with subtle Asian influences.
The Black Bull, 44 Main Street, Sedbergh, Cumbria LA10 5BL – http://www.theblackbullsedbergh.co.uk/
Feversham Arms Hotel and Verbena Spa, Helmsley
Plunge into tranquillity with this exquisite hotel and spa located in the pretty Yorkshire market town of Helmsley. This Mediterranean oasis is tucked away into North Yorkshire and will become the secret getaway you delight in whispering to others. Offering an array of relaxation techniques and treatments, the award-winning Verbena Spa is the perfect enclave to unburden your city-battered mind and body and feel the revitalising foreign vibe without the trouble of a plane ticket. Complete with Aromatherapy Room, heated outdoor pool and jacuzzi, Saunarium and Sauna. All accessed complimentary for hotel residents.
Offering thirty-three bedrooms, The Feversham Arms Hotel creates a simple sophistication that is refined but not fussy. Their Luxury Poolside Suites are a real treat, taking the traditional Yorkshire inn and combining it with continental relaxation, you’re just a few slipper-clad steps from the heated pool and courtyard. Food at The Feversham is focused on trying new flavours in a relaxed environment – and guests are encouraged to dine al fresco in summer for an experience unlike any other in North Yorkshire. Pool-side Afternoon Tea is a highlight, with the Chef’s daily selection of homemade cakes and pastries.
Perfect for a slice of Mediterranean relaxation in the heart of Yorkshire.
Feversham Arms Hotel and Verbena Spa, Helmsley, North Yorkshire YO62 5AG – https://www.fevershamarmshotel.com/
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The Black Horse Inn, Kirkby Fleetham
When you walk into The Black Horse Inn, the cool of the natural stone floors and warmth of the wooden beams create a feeling that can only be described as ‘Yorkshire’. This is the perfect resting place to enjoy the ancient mystery of God’s Own Country. You will delight in the selection of regional ales and stylish gastropub classics within the quaint, ivory coloured restaurant. Their Market Menu is bursting with real Yorkshire favourites such as Black Pudding, Roast Chicken Breast and Sticky Toffee Pudding – all lovingly prepared from an array of local ingredients. After your candle-lit supper, you will then unwind by retreating to one of seven five-star AA rated rooms, each with en-suites for a cosy finish.
For those who want to explore ‘gods own county’ from a rustic setting
Black Horse Inn, 7 Lumley Lane, Kirkby Fleetham, North Yorkshire DL7 0SH – https://www.blackhorseinnkirkbyfleetham.com/
The Coach House at Middleton Lodge, Nr Richmond
Set in 200 acres of pristine North Yorkshire landscape, Middleton Lodge is the ultimate in Yorkshire boutique hotels. This sprawling Georgian country retreat boasts a plethora of bedrooms, from the Potting Shed that hides botanical suites within the garden walls, to the opulence of the Main House, to the Coach House with private terraces. Middleton Lodge provides an enticing menu of treatments in their spa from the staple Muscle Release Massage to the Coach House Bespoke Ritual which gives you two hours of blissful massage and a facial tailored specifically for you.
And to satisfy your appetite further, their Coach House restaurant serves freshly prepared food from dawn until dusk. The Coach House Champagne Afternoon tea is sumptuous and will leave you wanting nothing more but dreamy conversation and the relaxation of your beautiful suite. Their lunch menu has as many small dishes and salads as it does mains – so there’s no need to over-face yourself to sample the delicious dishes on offer. Come night time you can choose from a menu of chargrill and Mediterranean-inspired flavours or go all out in their second restaurant, Forge. Forge serves food foraged straight from the Middleton Lodge’s estate and kitchen garden, nearby woodlands and farms to create unique tasting menus.
Perfect for a luxury stay with outstanding food
Middleton Lodge, Kneeton Lane, Middleton Tyas, Richmond, North Yorkshire DL10 6NJ – https://middletonlodge.co.uk/
Crab Manor Hotel
Brace yourself for this one – the range of the Crab Manor Hotel’s hospitality vocals will blow you away. Imagine taking a tour of the world, without the constraints of luggage allowance or jet lag. This 18th Century Georgian Manor offers a splendid array of 20 rooms uniquely decorated with artefacts and antiques from the four corners of the world. Thatched lodges, Scandinavian log cabins and luxury suites await you as you play as Cher in the Vegas-esque Bellagio suite, or Lord Byron in the Lake Como inspired Villa Serbelloni. Their Hermitage suite, along with others, comes complete with personal sauna and hot tub.
For food, look no further than the award-winning Crab and Lobster Restaurant which serves a wide variety of gourmet dishes encompassing fresh local seafood and traditional English fare. Even the restaurant has an ambience to suit your every whim – there’s a sun-trapped terrace, bright and airy pavilion, a cosy main restaurant and a friendly bar. The Crab and Lobster’s a La Carte menu has a seafood theme, such is their speciality, but with supporting acts of vegetarian and vegan options, it’s an award-winning ensemble.
Perfect for those looking for a unique stay at one of the most renowned boutique hotels in Yorkshire
Crab Manor Hotel, Dishforth Road, Asenby, Thirsk, North Yorkshire YO7 3QL – https://crabandlobster.co.uk/hotel/
The Yorke Arms
Covered in ivy, the Yorke Arms is snuggled within the heart of the picturesque Nidderdale Valley, an area of outstanding beauty in the Yorkshire Dales. While the produce is local, the dishes it is used in are city-quality and would sit comfortably in a top London restaurant. This is thanks to Head Chef Frances Atkins and her team, who bring creativity and vibrancy to traditional dishes. As one of only six female Michelin-starred female chefs in the UK, Frances awakens the senses and excites the palate with a focus on delightful surprises. The Yorke Arms Restaurant is classically elegant, complimenting the food, with the simplicity allowing for full appreciation of the flavours. The Yorke Arms also offers several private dining experiences for 10 to 40 guests. The Onion, nestled at the heart of the Yorke Arm’s organic vegetable garden, is an intimate setting to enjoy Frances’ food al fresco, warmed with a firepit. You won’t want to go far from Frances’ cooking, so staying in one of their six bespoke suites is a must. Emanating charm that makes you feel at home, each room provides wonderfully comfortable beds, beautiful en-suites and windows that frame views like oil paintings.
Perfect for a unique dining experience with stunning surroundings
Ramsgill-in-Nidderdale, Pateley Bridge, Harrogate HG3 5RL – https://www.theyorkearms.co.uk/
The West Park Hotel, Harrogate
Gazing across the tranquil Harrogate Stray parkland, The West Park Hotel is a spacious Victorian coach house offering 25 luxurious bedrooms and suites to compliment some of the best food in Harrogate. From field to fork, the lovely team at the West Park restaurant are proud to buy the best, traceable local produce – prepared it to AA Rosette standard. Their menus change through the seasons, and the Summer Menu provides a smorgasbord of stylishly prepared Yorkshire gastropub favourites. They work closely with their master butcher to source the best beef from Yorkshire and surrounding counties, all dry-aged for a minimum of 21 days for outstanding flavour.
After your evening meal, a delightful sleep is guaranteed as each cosy room features underfloor heating and bespoke Hypnos beds. For a true slice of decadence, why not stay in one of their two Provenance Penthouses, Le Grand Depart and the Brunswick Suite. Each boasts a lounge and dining area, TV inset luxury bathtub, a guest bathroom with its own luxury shower facilities. The final flourish is a magnificent rooftop terrace to while away the golden hour with a glass of fizz and delightful company. The ideal boutique hotel in Yorkshire in the heart of one of the region’s most popular towns.
Perfect for a tranquil refuge, steps away from exciting Harrogate.
West Park Hotel, 19 West Park, Harrogate, North Yorkshire HG1 1BJ – https://www.thewestparkhotel.com/
The Black Swan, Oldstead
The Black Swan in charming Oldstead is more than a Michelin Starred restaurant headed by Britain’s youngest Michelin-starred Chef Tommy Banks – it’s a homely reflection of the archetypal eccentricity of Yorkshire. Tommy and his team have chosen to offer just one menu, a Tasting Menu, which allows them to focus their experience and the local produce into a purposefully designed experience. Simplicity doesn’t equal uninspiring, and this is no truer than in the incredible flavours of the food on offer. By farming, foraging and growing their own produce, they provide incredibly fresh dishes from two acres of growing beds and terraces adjoining the Black Swan. When you book a room, a table is automatically reserved for you in the restaurant, such is their ethos of comfort and dining. Their nine bedrooms are named after the dales and farms of Oldstead, and each is finished with a unique design and furnishes with a mix of character and luxury.
Perfect for foodies seeking delicious simplicity
The Black Swan, Oldstead, York, North Yorkshire YO61 4BL – https://www.blackswanoldstead.co.uk/
The Blue Lion, Leyburn
Leyburn is the quintessentially pretty Yorkshire market town, and you can make it your home for a few days at the historic Blue Lion Inn. Fifteen contemporary rooms are spread across the main building and converted stables, once the resting place for the horses of travellers through Wensleydale. Each room as an en-suite and in-room tea and coffee facilities, so with these and the occasional exposed beam and the beautiful views, you are sure of a memorable stay. Their crowning jewel is the Large Courtyard room, complete with stylish bed, and optional sofa-bed for the children in a spacious room, all with charming wooden floors and private garden access.
The Blue Lion candlelit restaurant, once described as “one of the most romantic restaurants in the whole of England”, provides a stunning setting in which to enjoy a gourmet meal. They only serve the best Yorkshire produce, and in doing so have won the ‘Dining Pub of the Year’ award three times. Their Sunday lunch us one of the best that Yorkshire has to offer, with the careful touch of friendly staff. The real ale bar with roaring log fire and sweeping settees around sturdy oak tables will have you coming back for more food and warming atmosphere.
The perfect boutique hotel in Yorkshire to get cosy whilst tucking into a delicious meal
The Blue Lion, Main Road, East Witton, Nr Leyburn DL8 4SN – https://www.thebluelion.co.uk/
The White Hart Hotel, Harrogate
Situated in the stylish Montpellier Quarter of beautiful Harrogate, The White Hart Hotel is the perfect four-star hotel and restaurant for a stay in this historic town. Being only five minutes’ walk from both Bettys Tea Room and the gorgeous Valley Gardens, a restful stay is guaranteed. If the running around of the 9 to 5 has you feeling never in one place, then re-centre yourself at The White Hart. It can be hard to cook delicious, balanced meals when grinding away at work, so you’ll be glad of the classic A la Carte menu at The Fat Badger Grill within the hotel. With a contemporary twist and emphasis on flavour, this AA Rosette kitchen will have you full in an efficient yet friendly manner. Their Market Menu from 12 noon until 7 pm offers a pared-down, relaxed selection of British classics that are as inviting as they are nostalgic. All rooms come complete with complimentary H2K toiletries in their modern en-suites for you to enjoy with their fluffy towels. They have a range of rooms and prices to suit anyone from families seeking space or couples seeking cosy romance. A wonderful feature is the complimentary guest gym – so you needn’t let the indulgence weigh you down!
Perfect for a true Yorkshire city break
The White Hart Hotel, Cold Bath Road, Harrogate, North Yorkshire HG2 0NF – https://www.whiteharthotelharrogate.com/
Best Boutique Hotels in South Yorkshire
South Yorkshire takes in part of the magnificent Peak District and the Hotels here add a gastronomic flare to the beautiful Steel towns.
Brocco on the Park, Sheffield
Sheffield has seen a stylish foodie make-over in recent years and is now a heavy-weight in the gastro-pub world. Brocco on the Park pairs this passion for hearty food with a thoughtfulness that truly makes you feel at home in their stunning Edwardian villa. Everything at Brocco is thought about, whether it be hand-picked, hand-made or personalised, as they say: nothing is too much trouble when it comes to making you feel at home. Each of their eight luxury hotel rooms is named after a different bird, to give you a lovely feeling of ‘coming home to nest’. But instead of twigs and leaves, these nests are made entirely of copper baths and natural light, giving you Scandinavian-inspired décor and sweeping green views for the perfect Insta shot. From the heavenly Dovecote to the cosy Pigeon’s loft, each room comes with glorious original features and en-suite bathrooms boasting LED mood lighting, monsoon rain showers and heated towel rails. The Nespresso coffee machine, fluffy robes and Rerum Natura organic skincare products will have you peacocking around the park.
The Brocco restaurant changes with the seasons and here they believe you can have your cake and eat it with their balanced meals made simply with local produce. This multi-award-winning restaurant never compromises on flavour. Breakfasts are a banquet, lunches lavish, and suppers have that warm social-eating feeling.
This boutique hotel in Yorkshire is perfect for feeling like home without the housework
Brocco on the Park, 92 Brocco Bank, Sheffield S11 8RS – https://www.brocco.co.uk/
Best Boutique Hotels in West Yorkshire
West Yorkshire, with Leeds at its heart, is a shopping paradise with boujee boutique hotels that offer a Yorkshire-flavoured city experience that have care at their cores.
The Manor House, Lindley, Huddersfield
Defining itself by feelings rather than words, the Manor House at Lindley, Huddersfield conjures up the German word gemütlich which means a feeling of all five senses being comfortably content. Eleven sensational rooms and suites reflect the hotel’s comfy-chic personality, each with carefully chosen objet d’art, some with Henry Morris inspired wallpaper, a stylish girder or two and four-poster beds. Traversing several categories of rooms are roll-top baths, en-suites, hanging lanterns, Georgian decadence and an urban, reclaimed NYC vibe.
As with the rooms, there is no one word to describe the food at this boutique hotel in Yorkshire. A kaleidoscope of experiences, the hotel boasts five bars and restaurants, scattered from The Roof Terrace which captures the Lindley sunshine, down to The Lindley Cellars that channel prohibition-era dark intrigue. The Clock Tower Lounge provides stunning period features, delicate china and dazzling glassware for an opulent High Tea – pastries crafted by a Ritz Hotel London veteran no less! The Lantern Room will take your breath away with the nudity of brick walls vying for prominence against the stained-glass centre-point of the ceiling. This room has an ever-changing menu to reflect the fluctuating drama of the room and the movement of the seasons.
Perfect for unexpected opulence…and your Instagram feed!
The Manor House, 1 Lidget Street, Huddersfield HD3 3JB – https://www.manorhouselindley.co.uk/
Holdsworth House Hotel, Nr Halifax
Set amid secluded gardens on the edge of Halifax, Holdsworth House is a historic Jacobean manor turned four-star hotel with an award-winning restaurant that will charm and delight you. With A la Carte fine dining, their Guest Favourites menu of hearty food and the famous Holdsworth House afternoon tea, there is a bite to suit every appetite. Their three adjoining dining rooms, The Stone Room, Panelled Room and Mullioned Room all look out over the gardens and create a cosy gothic-novel atmosphere with open fireplaces, paintings in gilded frames and mullioned windows. On Sundays the lunch is not to be missed – with the kitchen buying the best joins from Yorkshire farms and expertly cooking them with love and care, it makes for a sumptuous plate.
The historic atmosphere entreats you to stay and unwind in one of their 36 traditionally styled hotel rooms, each with en-suite complete with luxury White Company toiletries. All rooms come with a full, cooked-to-order Yorkshire breakfast or continental selection spread seductively like a Tudor feast in front of their stone fire-place. Little touches such as the Alice in Wonderland ‘eat me’ style tags on the gluten-free granola are the small things that work to make Holdsworth House one of the top boutique hotels in Yorkshire.
Perfect for a historic setting for Yorkshire adventures
Holdsworth House, Holdsworth Road, Halifax, HX2 9TG – https://www.holdsworthhouse.co.uk/
Shibden Mill Inn, Nr Halifax
Held by the beautiful Shibden Valley near Halifax, Shibden Mill Inn started out as a corn and spinning mill but has now been providing excellent hospitality as an inn for over 100 years. The whole building feels like a cosy corner or snug – right from the stylish bedrooms to the spacious restaurant. Beams and stone floors running throughout the Inn keep you connected to the history of Yorkshire as you indulge in the boutique hotel experience the Victorian travellers missed out on. With their 11 divine rooms and suites, Shibden Mill has combined rustic charm with modern luxuries such as en-suites to a 5 AA Star standard. In keeping with its Victorian traveller roots, the Inn offers different rates for single and double occupancy rooms, making it a fantastic place to get away and find some headspace in an empowered Eat, Pray, Love way.
Eating at this boutique hotel in Yorkshire is a pleasure thanks to the fresh, locally sourced ingredients combined with produce from their kitchen garden – making it The Good Pub Guide’s ‘Country Dining Pub of the Year’. Headed up by talented Chef Will Webster, his distinguished career includes time spent at the Michelin starred Hipping Hall amongst other award-winning establishments. Wend away those golden Yorkshire summer evenings with a glass of fizz or local ale on their patio garden. They also offer an intimate space for celebrations and business meetings in The Wine Loft with an exquisite banquet-style 12-man table and soft lighting.
Perfect for the best in Yorkshire hospitality alongside an unforgettable dining experience
Shibden Mill Inn, Shibden Mill Fold, Shibden, Halifax, West Yorkshire HX3 7UL – http://shibdenmillinn.com/
The Dakota Delux, Leeds
Think the setting of The Great Gatsby given a sexy 21st-century makeover and you’ve pictured the sophisticated opulence of The Dakota. Here one can waltz into the stylishly lit bar, take a seat and be waited on hand and foot by the wonderful staff as they bring expertly crafted cocktails and moreish bar-snacks. Even at peak times, it has the feeling of a luxurious pent-house suite – both peaceful and exuberant. While dining, savour the vibe of the brasserie-style grill restaurant, where the finest seasonal produce is cook expertly and served beautifully in chic surrounds. Specialising in succulent steaks, the Dakota sources grass-fed cattle from the best British farms and flash-grills them over hot coals to create the best steak in Leeds. Seafood aficionados will delight in classic dishes with Dakota’s trademark twist such as the famed monkfish curry. Finished with a tempting array of desserts, it makes for an unforgettably delicious meal.
One of the best boutique hotels in Yorkshire, their luxurious rooms are all clean-lines and city-chic with a respectful nod towards Yorkshire-inspired linens and warm gold and brown hues evocative of old Yorkshire. All rooms come with a 48” smart TV complete with Sky Sports and Movies packages – and with an en-suite rainfall shower and bespoke toiletries, it’ll be difficult to leave and see Leeds!
Perfect for exuberant luxury tempered with Yorkshire class
The Dakota Hotel, 8 Russell Street, Leeds LS1 5RN – https://www.dakotahotels.co.uk/leeds/
Best Boutique Hotels in Yorkshire written by Jozef Ashley, photos by the listed restaurants