Because it is one of the most relaxing holiday destinations in the UK, and the perfect place to escape the urban pace of life, there are more luxury hotels in the Yorkshire Dales than perhaps any other area in the UK. That makes choosing between them quite difficult, but here are a few of the best on offer.
Build by the wealthy Vavasour family as a country retreat, the Wood Hall Hotel & Spa offers some 44 luxury bedrooms, a two Rosette restaurant and a health club and spa. The Wood Hall Hotel offers the choice of classic, executive or deluxe rooms, all of which are designed in muted colours specifically for relaxation and luxury. As a marker of how peaceful the surrounding area is, it is next to a Carmelite monastery which is home to a completely silent order of nuns! This is the only other building in the vicinity.
For more spa-based relaxation and perhaps the ultimate self-indulgence you’ll find in any luxury hotel Yorkshire Dales wide, try the Feversham Arms Hotel at Helmsley where you’ll find the Verbena Spa. The Spa isn’t exclusive for guests at the hotel and has its own separate entrance, but this is because the Verbena Spa isn’t simply a hotel spa; it is a real, functioning spa with a full range of treatments and beauty experts on hand. Here, you can receive Anne Sémonin facials and other treatments, and various exotic Elemis treatments including a coconut rub, ocean detox or milk ritual wrap. The Verbena Spa isn’t just for women; it also offers a range of treatments designed specifically for men.
If you’re thinking of something a little more opulent, Goldsborough Hall may be more to your tastes. This 400 year old Jacobean mansion is the former residence of a royal princess (HRH Princess Mary), and offers just six suites for hire. These six suites are huge, however, and come with an antique Jacobean four-poster bed as well as a leather chesterfield sofa, and modern bathroom amenities such as whirlpool baths and monsoon showers. Goldsborough Hall is also available for hire as a wedding venue, as is almost every luxury hotel in the Yorkshire Dales.
However, the hotel that wins the title of the best luxury hotel in the Yorkshire Dales in my mind isn’t even technically a hotel. Carr Hall Castle has accommodation for ten people in five sumptuous en-suite bedrooms, and is available for hire at the rate of £2000 per night. This isn’t for one room, however. This is for the hire of the whole castle and grounds! The castle was voted Britain’s Best Home in 2008, and since then has been made available for private nightly hire. Don’t think this is simply some dusty old castle, of course. Carr Hall Castle has been upgraded to include the finest in modern conveniences and luxury items including an indoor heated swimming pool, a gym, a steam room and hot tub, not to mention a total of six large plasma screen TVs with satellite connections. This is not only possibly the best luxury accommodation in the Yorkshire dales, but also perhaps in the whole country.