It’s no surprise that Emily Brontë’s Wuthering Heights, one of the most romantic books of all time, was conceived and set in the moors of Yorkshire. This dramatic landscape, with its unpredictable weather patterns and rolling hills, is the perfect scene for a stormy romance. This is no doubt why so many urban couples descend on the area each year, looking for a romantic getaway. If you’re looking to escape the daily grind and rediscover your passion for your partner, there are plenty of romantic hotels Yorkshire wide that will set the scene.
If you’re looking to explore the rugged moorland of Brontë country itself (the area around Haworth), there are two five star hotels willing to oblige; Ashmount Country House Hotel and the Manor Guest House. Ashmount Country House isn’t just situated in Brontë country; it actually has a real link to the sisters themselves, having once been the home of the Brontë’s physician, Dr Amos Ingham. There’s no doubt that the sisters would have visited the home of their doctor, and perhaps envisaged this place as one of the scenes of their fiction, perhaps even as Wuthering Heights itself. It’s easy to picture a ghostly Catherine banging at the window of the upstairs bedrooms here, which look out over the moorland.
Apart from its literary connection, Ashmount Country House is also a five star hotel with the type of luxury facilities you would expect. It comes with outdoor hot tubs, where you can enjoy the tranquil Yorkshire night with a glass of champagne. Some of the rooms have access to private patio and spa areas, while some come with their own private sauna cabin, and each suite has been designed with serious attention to detail.
The Manor Guest House, meanwhile, is a restored 18th century manor house that is ideal for rambling on the moors. Again, this is a five star hotel with an entry in the Michelin Guide. Its luxury rooms feature such extras as Jacuzzi baths, designer marble bathrooms, leather armchairs and open fires. Its literary credentials are verified by its age; the Brontës would probably have known the previous owners of this local manor house, and no doubt visited. Indeed, this too could be the house that Emily Brontë imagined when she pictured her scene of doomed passion in Wuthering Heights. Equally, this could be the manor where Charlotte Brontë imagined Mr Rochester living, with his ex-wife locked away in the attic. Here on the moors, it’s easy to find romance everywhere you look.
Of course, Yorkhsire dales hotels aren’t what makes romance for everyone. For something that is charmingly romantic in its own way, but a little different, you could perhaps choose to stay in one of the many farm guest houses in the area. Hill Top Farm is for hire as a wedding venue, but it could also simply set the scene for a romantic getaway.
As you can see, there are plenty of romantic hotels in Yorkshire, whatever you’re looking for, whether that is luxury, beautiful scenery or simple rustic charm.