Small hotels in the Yorkshire Dales

While there are many large and opulent luxury hotels available in the Yorkshire Dales, sometimes it’s more interesting and rewarding to stay in a smaller hotel in one of villages and hamlets of the area. Small hotels tend to retain their individual character where the large hotels can sometimes become a little generic, and retain the personal touch where the larger hotels can become a little anonymous.

One of the best tiny hotels in the Yorkshire Dales area is the Thorney Mire Barn Bed & Breakfast. With just three rooms, Thorney Mire provides the sort of privacy that would be difficult to find anywhere else in the area. Guests have a separate entrance and outside stairway, meaning that they are entirely secluded from the rest of the family who live in the house. The barn is set in a large area of private woodland, and is two miles from the nearest village, making it just isolated enough to provide complete privacy, but not so isolated that it is difficult to find activities or provisions. Their breakfast has been highly praised, and for a small extra fee the owners of Thorney Mire Barn can also provide you with a picnic basket made from the best in local produce for lunch.

The Blue Lion at East Witton is a charming country inn built in the 18th century which has retained its old-fashioned character throughout the subsequent years. Each room does offer colour television and a telephone, but here’s where all sense of the 21st century ends. The restaurant at the Blue Lion is candlelit, creating a sultry and romantic atmosphere. The Blue Lion’s cuisine has been highly praised as being some of the best in the area, and is made from the freshest of local seasonal produce. You can expect rhubarb and strawberries in summer time, and pumpkin in the autumn. There’s nothing better than a hearty and wholesome feast at the end of a hard day’s walking on the moors.

For a combination of old-fashioned splendour and modern convenience, the Old Deanery at Ripon is the perfect choice. Here you’ll find some innovative interior design, combining contemporary features with period styles, and some striking architecture in the form of the building itself. Ripon itself is full of stunning architecture and is one of the most interesting little towns in Yorkshire, although technically it is actually designated as a city! The restaurant at the Old Deanery has been voted as the best in Ripon and boasts a quite impressive selection of fine meats and cheeses, again from local suppliers.

As you can see, sometimes a smaller hotel can provide for a more intimate and intriguing experience. Not only are the small hotels in the Yorkshire Dales famed for their unique character, but they also boast design features, architecture and cuisine to rival even the largest and most expensive hotels in the area. Search for your hotel accommodation Yorkshire Dales wide and you may well come across a true gem that you could easily have overlooked.

Wedding Venues in Yorkshire

wedding venues YorkshireThe northern county of Yorkshire has some of the most dramatically beautiful scenery in all of Britain. Its beauty, and the fact that it is also steeped in the troubled but romantic history of the Brontë sisters, makes it the perfect county to hold a wedding. Yorkshire has become such a popular wedding destination, in fact, that wedding venues Yorkshire wide have sprung up all over the district, each one more idyllic than the last.

One of the grandest venues in the area is Harewood House, a grand 18th century mansion commissioned by Edwin Lascelles and the family seat of the Earls of Harewood, one of whom fought at the Battle of Waterloo (and whose medal is on display in the house). Harewood House has not one but two different wedding venues, the Grade 1 listed Courtyard building, and the newly extended Pavilion. The wedding party can also make use of a 15th Century church on the grounds, and the beautiful romantic Victorian Terrace. Harewood House is fast becoming the most popular venue in all of Yorkshire, so bookings aren’t easy to come by! The only downside to this sumptuous venue is the fact that it doesn’t also include a bridal suite. However, there are plenty of luxurious five star hotels nearby so it doesn’t present too much of a problem.

Another great option is Simonstone Hall Country House Hotel which can boast one of the best locations of any hotel Yorkshire has to offer. Located at the foot of Stags Fell, Simonstone Hall has some absolutely fantastic views of the surrounding countryside (the foothills of the Pennines and Upper Wensleydale) which make it perfect for an outdoor summer wedding. Simonstone Hall has eighteen rooms available for the wedding party, all of which come with the finest of fittings including Egyptian cotton sheets, ranging in price from between £100 to £300 per night including breakfast.

For a distinctly gothic wedding venue, you may like to consider Carlton Towers, a privately owned Victorian gothic mansion. While still inhabited by Lord and Lady Gerald Fitzalan Howard, three grand state rooms and a total of sixteen uniquely designed bedroom suites are available for hire. This includes a bridal suite with a magnificent four-poster bed and free-standing copper bath. The gardens can also be used for the wedding party, making Carlton Towers another one of the best wedding venues in Yorkshire.

However, for something a little out of the ordinary, Yorkshire’s Hill Top Farm can be hired out for weddings. This includes traditional stone barns, a corral, tractors and farm animals. Hill Top Farm offers some beautiful views of the surrounding area and offers a truly unique rustic wedding experience. Here, you can choose to have your wedding photographs taken on horseback, in front of the Western-style saloon, or on a rope swing! This could be combined with the best in local produce and some live musicians for a grand old-fashioned knees-up.

From luxury gothic mansions to charming rustic farms, Yorkshire has a fantastic array of wedding venues to suit every taste. Whether it’s tradition and indulgence you’re looking for, or something a little bit different, you’re sure to find great wedding venues in Yorkshire.

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