A shining north star, hotly anticipated Grantley Hall has opened its doors to reveal luxury, fun and fine dining in idyllic countryside on the edge of the Yorkshire Dales. The multi-million pound restoration project by the Yorkshire-based Sykes family has returned this Grade II* listed, 17th century Palladian style house to its former glory, capturing its elegant grandeur, with the addition of several new buildings. Guests are spoilt rotten here: though it has just 47 beautiful bedrooms, there’s a lake and English Heritage-listed Japanese garden, a sybaritic wellness centre, imaginative programme of events and no less than seven drinking and dining venues, including a Pan-Asian experience and glamorous late night Champagne and cocktail bar. Serious foodies are rubbing their hands with glee because the hotel’s principal restaurant, set in one of the original public rooms overlooking the formal gardens, belongs to culinary star, Yorkshireman Sean Rankin. Gastronomic delights, rich heritage, 17th century splendour and contemporary design combined: welcome, Grantley Hall.
Visit the magnificent National Trust site of Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal where you can explore the abbey ruins, meander through the landscaped water garden and enjoy the clean Yorkshire air as you stroll through the deer park.
No need to leave the hotel! The diverse range of dining options on offer include a fine dining restaurant operated by Michelin starred chef Shaun Rankin, Restaurant EightyEight, a tantalising pan-Asian experience, and Fletchers serving modern British cuisine with a French influence – you are spoilt for choice.
Enjoy a day perusing the boutiques of nearby Harrogate; this lovely spa town boasts a range of both high street and private boutiques and once you’re all shopped out, why not treat yourself to a gin tasting at the home of Slingsby Gin or enjoy a Fat Rascal at the famous Betty’s tea-rooms.