Having played host to Antiques Roadshow and the first series of Peaky Blinders, Newby Hall near Ripon is recognised far and wide – stay in the surrounding area with our pick of its best hotels, bookable on Culture Trip.
Newby Hall is one of the most elegant country houses in Yorkshire, described in 1697 by travel writer Celia Fiennes as the “finest house” she’d seen in the county. If wandering its gardens and corridors has you yearning to stay in a stately home yourself, the good news is you can: several of our top hotels nearby are housed in historic manors or elegant townhouses, perfect for exploring Newby Hall and spa town Harrogate.
Nested in a bend on the River Ure in the rolling countryside between York and Harrogate, Aldwark Manor is a classic English country estate. The luxurious rooms retain that atmosphere, but have been updated to reflect cultures from across the world: the dark wood of the Java room recalls Indonesia, while the delicate wall art of Sakura pays homage to Japan. An 18-hole golf course and plush spa are among the relaxing activities on offer.
Set in landscaped gardens amid the bucolic Yorkshire Dales, Grantley Hall has beautiful guest rooms decorated in a traditional style. Italian marble bathrooms are joined by period fireplaces; some dating to the 17th century. Matching the exquisite interior design is the food, with chef Shaun Rankin serving tasting menus featuring dishes including john dory with lemon verbena, and Hebden Bridge goat cheese with spruce.
A beautiful townhouse dating back 300 years in the Yorkshire town of Knaresborough, Newton House is an exquisite example of Georgian architecture. This extends to the lovely rooms, which have been updated to modern standards of comfort while retaining classic features such as four-poster beds and comfortable chaises longues. The superb breakfasts follow a slow-food ethos, with apples grown on the hotel’s century-old tree, home-made sourdough, and sausages and bacon from a local butcher.
A historic, ivy-strewn inn set around a quiet courtyard, the Boar’s Head is like something from a rural England picture book. The rooms are impossibly cosy, with vintage radios, fireplaces and views of either the village or the courtyard. The food is superb, with a varied menu including teriyaki salmon and Yorkshire sausages and mash.
Dating to 1671, this stately home fits right in with its surroundings in Harrogate, a spa town rich in culture, history and beautiful architecture. In contrast to the centuries-old exterior, rooms have a modern feel, with contemporary furniture and cheerful orange feature walls. The charming restaurant, in a tipi on the hotel grounds, serves delicious Yorkshire-reared steak, burgers and seafood.
An elegant townhouse exterior hides stylish, luxurious guest rooms with colourfully patterned textiles, plush furnishings and Nespresso machines at this Harrogate hotel. The food is excellent, with a seasonal menu featuring dishes such as Yorkshire wagyu burgers and sticky belly pork, while the hotel is perfectly placed for exploring Harrogate attractions such as Bettys Tea Rooms, and those outside town including Newby Hall.
Comfortable, contemporary guest rooms are housed in a historic Regency-style building opposite the Stray, Harrogate’s Medieval parkland (request a king room for views over the area). Other attractions within walking distance include Bettys Tea Rooms and the Turkish Baths. The jewel in the crown is the restaurant, the Pickled Sprout, where the menu includes smoked haddock rarebit and baked saffron cod.
Get out and explore the rest of Yorkshire with a camping stay, or shack up in one of the best hotels near Yorkshire Wildlife Park, bookable now with Culture Trip. Take advantage of the county’s history with a visit to the best castles in Yorkshire, or discover everything there is to do with the kids.
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