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.