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
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