Many Yorkshire Dales hotels are grand mansion house hotels offering elegant and sophisticated accommodation of a uniformly high standard. However, sometimes it can be interesting to have a look at the smaller luxury hotels on offer in an area. Boutique hotels, recognisable due to their particularly unique character and personal touches, are becoming more and more popular these days.
Of course, not every small hotel is a ‘boutique’ hotel. The name boutique denotes a certain level of quality, attention to detail and personality that not every hotel can claim. One of the best boutique hotels Yorkshire Dales wide is the Thorney Mire Barn Bed & Breakfast. As the name suggests, Thorney Mire is a bed & breakfast that has been converted from what was originally the barn to an historic farm house. While the barn is right next to the farmhouse itself (where the owners of the barn still live), care has been taken to ensure that guests enjoy total privacy. There is a private parking area as well as a side staircase allowing guests to come and go as they please. The Thorney Mire Barn offers a wide selection of breakfasts and is set in a large area of woodland, far away from the nearest towns and villages. The owners specialise in crafting delicious meals out of fresh local produce, and for a small extra fee they’ll also make you up a picnic basket to take away. It’s these little extras that really make the boutique hotel experience.
One of the most attractive boutique hotels in the Yorkshire Dales is the Blue Lion inn at East Witton. This is really an ‘inn’ rather than a hotel in the old-fashioned sense of the word. It has a real traveller’s rest kind of feel about it, although it’s perfect for a longer stay too. Although it does have some mod-cons including television and a telephone in every room, this is very much a period hotel. The restaurant at the Blue Lion is said to be the best in the area, and specialises in seasonal produce. It also happens to be candlelit, which is a rare quality these days.
If you enjoy period features but like a little bit of contemporary luxury too, the Old Deanery in the town of Ripon allows you to have the best of both worlds. Built in 1625, the building was originally an annexe to the Monastery of St Wilfred for use by the Canon-in-Residence. Today, it has retained much of its historical charm and architectural individuality, but each of its rooms is designed in contemporary style and comes with the convenience and luxury of a contemporary en-suite bathroom. The restaurant of the Old Deanery has been voted the best in Ripon by users of the TripAdvisor website, and is recommended in the Michelin Guide which is always an indicator of very high quality.
For a warm welcome and a real feeling of exclusivity, try the boutique hotels in the Yorkshire Dales; there are really some unforgettable experiences to be had in this beautiful northern county.