There are surely few more tranquil, picturesque and naturally beautiful areas of the UK than the Yorkshire Moors, and where better to stay on a visit here than in an elegant, Country House Hotel; enter Crathorne Hall Hotel, you need to look no further.
The hotel lies nestled in 15 acres of private grounds on the edge of the Yorkshire Moors in Yarm, North Yorkshire. With over 1,400 miles of enchanting countryside, teeming with heather moorland, pine forests, rolling hills, and shimmering coastline, not to mention badgers, roe deer, and hawks; the Yorkshire Moors are a must-visit destination.
Style & Character
The grand building was built in 1906 and has that wonderful stately air as soon as you drive up the private drive and catch your first glimpse. Luckily it feels warm and welcoming as soon as you step inside. The décor is sophisticated and traditional without feeling dated or stuffy in the least. The captivating views of the Leven Valley and the Yorkshire Moors do rather pull you outside and there are hypnotic views as you move around the hotel that encourages you to go and explore those magnificent grounds.
Service & Facilities
The hotel is an AA four red star inspector’s choice and is part of the Hand Picked Hotels portfolio. Hand-Picked Hotels run a collection of very individual, architecturally stunning country house hotels. At Crathorne Hall there is a complimentary onsite car park, a range of excellent meeting and event spaces and it’s a simply magical site for a wedding. The hotel does the little extras perfectly; so, you receive a lovely hospitality tray with a selection of fairtrade teas, coffees, hot chocolate and biscuits; the bathrobes are about the fluffiest you can imagine (top tip, they’re even available to buy if you can’t bear to leave them behind!) and the toiletries are Gilchrist and Soames. The service is charming and nothing is too much trouble.
There are 37 guest rooms and suites; it’s definitely worth selecting one of the 17 in the East Wing as these have been recently refurbished following a £4 million GBP restoration. They clearly value your sleep here as a great deal of attention is paid to ensuring you gain an exceptional night’s sleep; the beds are king or super king, you have a Hypnos Lansdowne cashmere mattress with a natural feather and down duvet and goose feather and down pillows; with this level of comfort, the only problem will be getting out of bed in the morning! Choose from Classic, Executive, Deluxe, the Four Poster Suite, or the heavenly Cranthorne Suite. All the rooms are beautiful, but the Deluxe rooms would be my recommendation; they have stunning period features and additional lounge areas, some have fabulous views, roll-top baths, and balconies so it’s worth requesting these rooms. If budget allows, consider booking either the Four Poster suite or the Cranthorne Suite as both offer the optimum in luxury and comfort and are divine rooms.
Food & Drink
The ethos of the hotel has always been to relax and entertain and this it more than delivers in this regard. A hint as to the quality of the cuisine comes in the form of the recent award of 1 AA Rosette for The Leven Restaurant. The restaurant serves fine dining; think traditional favorites with a contemporary twist in a stunning room with wooden paneling, gold gilt ceilings, and huge windows. You can also take afternoon tea in the Drawing Room, dine alfresco on the terrace, or for a more relaxed light bite or perhaps a cocktail or two, try the Nancy Tennant bar. It’s worth keeping an eye on the events and special offers running at the hotel, there are some lovely festive events on the horizon including an afternoon tea with Elsa & Anna that my girls would simply adore!
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