Nine characterful Yorkshire hotels to visit

Lastingham Grange, Lastingham.
Lastingham Grange, Lastingham.

With its blend of history and nature, dramatic vistas and enchanting villages, Yorkshire has much to offer the discerning traveller, not least of all beautiful places to stay.

Here the Good Hotel Guide recommends nine of their top characterful hotels in Yorkshire, all of which embrace different prized aspects of the region:

Lastingham Grange, Lastingham

On the edge of the North York Moors, Lastingham Grange is a traditional, family run country house

hotel. Old fashioned decor and floral prints characterise the interior of the 17th century property,

while afternoon tea with warm scones, butter, jam and cream is served every day in the lounge or on

the terrace overlooking the garden. It’s a little piece of good old fashioned hospitality.

The Carpenters Arms, North Yorkshire

An impressive pub with rooms in a Domesday village near Thirsk, there are additional rooms in a building

around the kitchen garden that are decadently laid out with sofas, drying facilities should your clothes get

soaked through in the rain, and gas flame fires. Finish your days here with a warming feast complete with

rhubarb crumble that’s well deserved after a day exploring the countryside.

Millgate House, Richmond

The hosts at Millgate House have a passion for Georgian interiors and it shows: just off the

cobbled square, their nicely designed town house is filled with gorgeous antique furniture, silver,

paintings and objets d’art. From curios to prints and pictures, there’s plenty to admire in the

handsome bedrooms, where even the bathrooms have flair: in one, huge candles flank a Botticelli-

like shell; in another, a Turkish rug lies between an Edwardian bath and a cast iron fireplace.

Bar Convent, Yorkshire

Five minutes from the centre of York, Bar Convent is in a Grade I listed building with a magnificent glass-

roofed entrance hall to introduce you to a spotless guesthouse experience. It is located in what is said to

be England’s oldest active convent, having been founded in 1686, the history of which you can see in a

multimedia exhibition. A cultural experience on another level, there is also a garden to visit for peace and

quiet after all your sightseeing.

The Pipe and Glass Inn, South Dalton

Look out for the stunning spire of St Mary’s church on the approach to this enchanting village. It’s a divine

landmark that leads believers to the very best hospitality and outstanding food at James and Kate

Mackenzie’s pub-with- rooms, report Guide inspectors in 2017. Past the modest country pub exterior,

there’s a warm, friendly welcome, and the Michelin-starred cooking that has people chafing at the bit to

get in.

The Star Inn, Yorkshire

When you’re looking for ultimate cosiness, Yorkshire is amongst the best places to go for excellent

food and wrapping up warm. The Star Inn in Harome, is a 14th century inn on the edge of the

North York Moors. It’s brimming with rustic elements and has a congenial ambience. It combines

its sense of cosiness with Michelin star flair in the restaurant and characterful bedrooms - one has

a rope-slung bed, another has tartan-walls and a piano.

Shibden Mill Inn, Halifax

Simon and Caitlin Heaton’s refurbished 17th-century inn stands on a bend of a quiet country lane

in the wooded Shibden valley. Cheery bedrooms mix original features with updated style: pick a

room with a wall of windows, perhaps, or another with a standalone bath through a stone archway.

The Pheasant, Harome

Wellies line the stone-flagged floor, a couple of stuffed pheasants take in the scene: an oasis of calm

overlooking the village duck pond, Jacquie Pern’s chic, rustic hotel on the edge of the North Yorkshire

Moors is a really nice place to stay. Converted from a former village shop, smithy and barn, it re-enters the

Guide this year thanks to readers who praise the friendly staff, first-class food, stylish bedrooms and

peaceful setting.