Grantley Hall – Ripon, North Yorkshire
A shining north star, newcomer Grantley Hall is a real destination for luxury, fun and fine dining. Dating back to 1680, this Grade II*-listed mansion house on the edge of the Yorkshire Dales boasts an English Heritage-listed ornamental Japanese garden in its beautiful grounds. A multi-million-pound restoration project by Valeria Sykes returned the mansion’s Palladian beauty to its former glory, capturing its elegant grandeur as well as adding several new buildings. Guests are spoiled rotten here, with 47 beautiful bedrooms, a sybaritic wellness centre, an engaging programme of events and no less than six drinking and dining venues, including pan-Asian eatery, Restaurant EightyEight, and a glamorous late night champagne and cocktail bar, Valeria’s. Foodies will rub their hands with glee because the hotel’s principal restaurant, set in one of the original public rooms overlooking the formal gardens, belongs to Yorkshireman and culinary maestro, Shaun Rankin, and was recently awarded a Michelin star. Gastronomic delights, 17th-century splendour and contemporary design.
Doubles from £450
+44 (0)1765 620070; grantleyhall.co.uk