As the old saying goes ‘there’s no place like home’ and having grown up close by to the North Yorkshire Moors I was excited to be heading up north to this charming corner of England albeit via the beyond busy M1.
My hubby and I had planned a well-needed mini break that included a night in Ox Pasture Hall Hotel – a luxury country house hotel nestled between the tranquil hills of North Yorkshire and the charming seaside town of Scarborough.
As a child, many sunny summer days were spent exploring the pretty peaks and picturesque villages that the moorland plays host to, so my expectations of quietude were high and I was eager to be surrounded by the natural beauty that I remembered so fondly and to hopefully enjoy an evening of fully ‘getting away from it all’.
The urban roads of Scarborough turned into a rural winding lane and we were suddenly surrounded by greenery. We passed by the open waters of a mere and sunlit fields that were home to a set of friendly horses before we rounded the corner and came across the entrance of our home for the night.
Driving down the lavender lined driveway towards the former country farmhouse that has been lovingly transformed into a secluded boutique hotel we instantly felt ourselves relaxing.
It was an unseasonably warm Sunday in September and the sun was streaming across the attractive hotel gardens and the flowerbeds that were still in full bloom. As we walked up the pretty pathway to the hotel reception the air was perfectly still and not a sound could be heard. This was exactly what we’d been hoping for!
Room with a view:
Greeted by a warm smile in the welcoming reception, we were swiftly checked in and guided through the hotel and central courtyard to our suite, located in a tranquil corner of one of the transformed out buildings.
Now when I say suite, this romantic room was larger than any one bed flat I’ve rented in London (!!) so they are certainly spacious to say the least. With a country cottage feel the suite had sash windows overlooking nothing but manicured green grass and the pastoral fields beyond – how idyllic!
A lounge area with a squidgy sofa, TV and desk was the perfect place to unwind after our long drive; next to which was the large open bedroom with a king-sized cloud-like bed that offered the most peaceful nights sleep. The stylish bathroom came complete with his and hers sinks (we SO need these at home!), a powerful walk-in rain shower and an inviting bath.
Ox Pasture Hall Hotel is set within 17 acres of gardens and grounds, bordered only by the golden meadows and woodland of the untouched North Yorkshire Moors National Park.
The hotel is dog friendly, so you can bring your pooch along to enjoy this little piece of paradise. Although we don’t have a pup of our own (a puppy is on my Christmas list for Santa this year) we do love four legged friends and there was only a few pet guests when we were visiting, all of which were super cute and friendly.
The main course:
Having settled into our cozy room we headed back out into the sunshine and onto one of hotel terraces for our sweet treat of the day – Afternoon tea! There are thatched gazebos tucked away in every corner of the gardens, creating the perfect place to enjoy your Afternoon Tea undisturbed.
A cake stand promptly arrived. Four fresh fluffy scones warm from the oven and stuffed with buttery cream sat on the top with little jars of juicy jam, a selection of savory sandwiches (cheese and tomato, salmon and cucumber and thickly sliced beef with a subtle hint of horseradish) were in the middle and melt in the mouth shortbread biscuits and a delectable choice of chocolate pastries and lemon cheesecakes finished off the appetizing tower of delights! We of course had overindulged, so once we finished our pot of tea, we decided to walk around the gardens to burn off a little sugar.
Before we knew it, it was time for dinner. Eating again – I know! – but we were on our hollybobs after all. Much to my delight, we were greeted in the hotel bar with a glass of fizz which we sipped as we relaxed on the sofas in the bar, reading the menus beside the log burning fire that would be suitably inviting in the cold winter months.
Guests can dine in the Bistro beside the bar or the Courtyard Restaurant and although we were to be seated in the restaurant, you can choose between both menus. There was a plentiful choice of delicious sounding dishes – most of which are created with local North Yorkshire produce.
The restaurant was nicely busy which is always a good sign on a Sunday evening. It is the only restaurant in the area to have been awarded 2-rosettes for culinary excellence and is recommended in the Michelin Guide, so we were looking forward to our three-course meal (despite having gorged on cakes not long before).
We were brought an appetizing amuse bouche of creamy leek and potato soup along with a selection of fresh homemade bread to start us off before receiving our starters. We ordered ‘Ham Hock Terrine served with Homemade Chutney’ and the ‘Traditional Prawn Cocktail served with Bread and Butter’ followed by the ‘Oven Roasted Cod, Chorizo Ratatouille, Buttered Jersey Royals and Red Pepper Coulis’ and the ‘Braised Blade of Beef, Potato Puree, Wild Mushroom Bourguignon’.
By this point we were suitably full but with eyes bigger than our bellies we couldn’t help but be tempted into ordering the ‘Eton Mess with Strawberry Ice Cream’ to share. We were certainly not wrong to do so; this mouthwatering mess was my favourite part of the meal!
We enjoyed really friendly and speedy service from all of the wait staff and couldn’t fault the meal. I would highly recommend all of the food that we chose, it was cooked to perfection and really flavoursome.
If you’re looking for a rural hideaway for your big day, you can tie the knot at Ox Pasture Hall Hotel. The hotel holds a license for outdoor wedding ceremonies or there is a separate totally self-contained suite that can host an indoor civil wedding, civil partnership and wedding reception, so you can have your ceremony and reception all in one venue.
You would have all the privacy you need in the unattached Dovecote Suite however you can hire the whole venue for your exclusive use, which I think would be ideal as with 32 bedrooms you could house the majority (if not all) of your wedding guests in the one location together.
If you’re looking for a short break in beautiful surroundings then the homely hideaway of Ox Pasture Hall could be the ideal destination for you. Not only can you discover the delights of the neighbouring Moors but some seriously scenic seaside towns are just on your doorstop too.
** The stay at Ox Pasture Hall was complimentary for review purposes, however the opinions expressed in this review are independent and my own. **