The Best Hotels to Book Near Castle Howard, York

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Jenny Elliott

From Hemsley to Pickering, Yorkshire hospitality separates these historic hotels from the pack. Set amid the handsome towns and villages clustered around mighty Castle Howard, they’re all bookable with Culture Trip.

Castle Howard is one of England’s finest baroque palaces, perched amid the quiet beauty of the Howardian Hills. It’s also the only palace in the country with a domed roof. Looking for your own slice of historic splendour? Well, you’re in luck. From reimagined coaching inns to a 19th-century hotel with a luxury spa, Castle Howard is close to plenty of top places to stay.

1. The Talbot Malton


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This riverside coaching inn has been welcoming visitors to Malton since the 17th century. Nowadays, the town is heralded as the food capital of Yorkshire, packed with artisan producers, inventive eateries and a range of culinary tours. Very much part of the scene, The Talbot’s restaurant serves locally sourced produce in its dapper dining room. The bedrooms combine antique pieces, warm velvets and vivacious pops of colour. From here, hop on the bus to Castle Howard.

2. The Black Swan

Pubs with Rooms

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An amalgamation of a Georgian townhouse sandwiched between two Tudor buildings, this dog-friendly pub with rooms will delight fans of higgledy-piggledy charm. Sip a craft beer in the private walled garden on a sunny day, whilst frosty nights call you to hunker down in a generous armchair near the big open fire. Helmsley itself is just 13mi (21km) north of Castle Howard and is awash with inviting spots, including a traditional sweet shop and microbrewery.

3. Feversham Arms Hotel and Verbena Spa

Boutique Hotel, Spa Hotel

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With its heated outdoor pool and five-course tasting menu, this stone-fronted hotel in Helmsley knows how to delight the senses. Comfy sofas rest in front of a crackling fire in the lounge bar and curated collections from local artists adorn the property’s walls. The onsite spa has a full menu of treatments. Soak in the therapeutic aromas of seasonal herbs from nearby Helmsley Walled Garden while luxuriating in a signature massage.

4. The White Swan Inn


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Pickering makes a fine base for a Yorkshire adventure, set between the Howardian Hills and the North York Moors. This country inn occupies a spot on one of its characterful streets. Both inside and out, it is full of easy charm. Choose a meal of beer-battered Whitby haddock and chips in the AA Rosette restaurant or sip a glass of real ale in the bar’s snug. The converted stables provide restful bedrooms, with stone flags warmed by underfloor heating.

5. Best Western Forest and Vale


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Once a Georgian manor house, there are plenty of pleasing period touches throughout this Pickering-based hotel. It’s the amenable staff hospitality that really stands out, though. Well, that and its hearty traditional English breakfasts, which also come in vegetarian iterations. Castle Howard is just a 25-minute drive away, plus the hotel is in a handy location for catching the heritage rail line to the Yorkshire coast. Finish the day with a well-earned gin and tonic in the hotel’s lawned garden.

6. Feathers Hotel

Inn, Hotel

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At the heart of Helmsley market square, you’ll find the Feathers Hotel, a genial base for exploring the best historic buildings, walking trails and family-run boutiques in Yorkshire. Not that it’s necessary to go far. Instead, sit alongside the regulars at the hotel’s ever-popular restaurant, pub or coffee house. The comfortable bedrooms include spacious options with sofa beds for families, plus their hospitality also extends to dogs.

7. The Fauconberg Arms


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This historic inn houses a pub – complete with wooden beams and a convivial atmosphere – as well as a restaurant serving bountiful, well-cooked classics. Floral wallpapers and tactile fabrics lend character to the bedrooms. For a real country escape vibe, stay in the cosy, secluded garden room, with its hot shower and self-composting toilet in the hut next door. To reach Castle Howard, it’s a 25-minute drive through a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

8. The Fairfax Arms


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Owners and brothers Rob and Ed Fawcett have a passion for unfussy quality and locally sourced produce. This is clear as soon as you step inside The Fairfax Arms. The beds are handmade near Whitby, the menu centres around locally reared meats and drink options include local ales and a proper brew of Yorkshire tea. The 15-minute drive to Castle Howard is over rolling hills and through broadleaved woodland.

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