Best Luxury and Boutique Hotels in Yorkshire

Hotels, B&Bs, country houses, inns, restaurants with rooms

England’s largest county has much to offer, ranging from the national parks of the Yorkshire Dales and the North York Moors to York with its ancient city walls, medieval buildings and glorious minster. Beverley, too, has a fine minster, Ripon a honey-stone cathedral. Harrogate, once a fashionable spa town, is now known for its tea shops. Scarborough a fashionable seaside resort in the 17th century, is well supplied with amusement arcades and fish and chip shops, but also has quiet parks and gardens.

Hotels in Yorkshire offer a wide variety of excellent experiences. Stay at a mock-Gothic castle, a hotel reminiscent of an Agatha Christie novel, a welcoming pub or a converted cottage - quaint, quirky or stylish and elegant - the Good Hotel Guide's hotels in Yorkshire each have their own distinct character. The centres of the industrial cities of Leeds and Sheffield, much improved in recent years, are worth visiting for their art galleries, museums and restaurants. Famous Yorkshire ruins include the abbeys of Fountains, Whitby and Rivaulx. Stately homes include Harewood House and Castle Howard. Richmond has a fine castle above the River Swale. Haworth, where the Bronte sisters lived, is a popular destination, if very touristy.

 

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Featured hotels in Yorkshire

Lastingham Grange, LASTINGHAM, Yorkshire

‘A model of what a country hotel should be.’ In a historic village on the edge of the North York Moors, Bertie Wood, his mother, Jane, and brother, Tom, run their ‘lovely’

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Judges, YARM, Yorkshire

In ‘lovely manicured parkland’, this ‘immaculate Victorian country house hotel’ is owned by the Downs family; Tim Howard is the manager. ‘The service throughout, from

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Hotels in Yorkshire

  • The Traddock, AUSTWICK, Yorkshire

    There is a ‘happy buzz’ about the Reynolds family’s small hotel, a Grade II listed Georgian manor, says a visitor in 2015. On a wild and wet weekend, the public areas were ‘snug, with a crackling fire

  • Shallowdale House, AMPLEFORTH, Yorkshire

    ‘On my five-hour drive I wonder if it is too far to go for a weekend; as soon as I enter the front door, the tranquillity and comfort reassure me that the journey is worthwhile.’ A frequent visitor

  • Clow Beck House, CROFT-ON-TEES, Yorkshire

    Near the confluence of the Clow Beck and the River Tees, Heather and David Armstrong’s ‘unexpected’ farmhouse hotel and restaurant stands in ‘beautifully landscaped, immaculately kept’ gardens. The

  • The Star Inn, HAROME, Yorkshire

    ‘A very comfortable refuge.’ Andrew Pern’s characterful inn regains its place in the Guide this year thanks to a positive report from a trusted correspondent in 2015. The medieval

  • Swinton Park, MASHAM, Yorkshire

    The 19th-century addition of a tower, turrets and battlements to the ancestral seat of the Earl of Swinton created this mock-Gothic castle which is run in relaxed style by Mark and Felicity

  • The White Swan, PICKERING, Yorkshire

    In a market town known as ‘the gateway to the moors’, this ‘well-established’ 16th-century coaching inn is upgraded to a full entry after good reports by regular

  • The Nag's Head, PICKHILL, Yorkshire

    In a pretty Domesday village close to the A1, this old coaching inn is run in personal style by Janet and Edward Boynton, who are ‘hard-working and hands-on’ hosts. The inn is much liked

  • The Yorke Arms, RAMSGILL-IN-NIDDERDALE, Yorkshire

    In an ‘unbeatable Dales location’, by the green in a village surrounded by woodland, Bill and Frances Atkins’s ‘friendly’ restaurant-with-rooms occupies an 18th-century shooting lodge. The ‘rustic’

  • The Burgoyne, REETH, Yorkshire

    In ‘delightful James Herriot motoring country’, this Georgian Grade II listed country house hotel is owned by Mo and Julia Usman. She is a ‘pleasant hostess; the staff were

  • Millgate House , RICHMOND, Yorkshire

    A beautiful house with lovely things’, Austin Lynch and Tim Culkin’s early Georgian home stands just off the square of this market town on the edge of the Dales. Its sheltered garden

  • Middlethorpe Hall & Spa, YORK, Yorkshire

    Built in 1713 for the diarist Lady Mary Wortley Montagu, this ‘rare example of a perfect William and Mary mansion is undeniably splendid and interesting’, says a Guide inspector in 2015.

  • The Bloomsbury, YORK, Yorkshire

    ‘We had a great stay.’ In a leafy neighbourhood close to Clifton Green, Steve and Tricia Townsley are ‘exceptionally friendly, efficient and helpful’ hosts, who greet guests to

  • Bar Convent, YORK, Yorkshire

    By the historic city walls at Micklegate Bar, a five-minute walk to the centre, this unusual place to stay is in England’s oldest active convent (founded in 1686). The Grade I listed Georgian building

  • Phoenix Court, SCARBOROUGH, Yorkshire

    Walkers are warmly welcomed at this environmentally friendly guest house in two Victorian houses overlooking North Bay and the beach. Owners Alison and Bryan Edwards provide hikers with drying

  • No54, HELMSLEY, Yorkshire

    Lizzie Rohan’s welcoming B&B is in a house formed from two cottages in a York stone terrace, half a mile from the market square. Near the North York Moors national park, it makes ‘a very good base’

  • Shibden Mill Inn, HALIFAX, Yorkshire

    ‘The staff really care’ at Simon and Caitlin Heaton’s ‘very attractive’ 17th-century country inn, opposite a mill stream in the Shibden valley. Glen Pearson is the

  • The Bijou, HARROGATE, Yorkshire

    Stephen and Gill Watson’s good-value B&B is in a Victorian villa within easy walking distance of the town centre and the railway station. The sitting room has a wood-burning stove. Cosy bedrooms (some

  • Austwick Hall, AUSTWICK, Yorkshire

    At the apex of Yorkshire, Lancashire and Cumbria, this ‘highly personal’ manor house is run as a B&B with ‘obvious enthusiasm’ by Michael Pearson and Eric Culley. Their ‘loving’ restoration of the

  • Broom House, EGTON BRIDGE, Yorkshire

    ‘Excellent hosts’ Georgina and Michael Curnow run their small B&B in a restored Victorian farmhouse in the North York Moors national park. In a tranquil country garden setting, the

  • The Durham Ox, CRAYKE, Yorkshire

    There are exposed beams, carved wood panelling and an inglenook fireplace in this characterful 300-year-old country pub-with-rooms, which has been owned by the Ibbotson family for more than 15 years.

  • The Grange, YORK, Yorkshire

    Vivien and Jeremy Cassel’s family-friendly hotel is in a Grade II listed Regency town house a short walk from the city walls and the Minster. Jackie Millan is the manager. Individually decorated

  • Grassington House, GRASSINGTON, Yorkshire

    ‘We were pleased with it in every way.’ John and Sue Rudden’s small hotel overlooks the cobbled square of this Yorkshire market town. The limestone Georgian house has a contemporary interior and

  • The Black Swan at Oldstead, OLDSTEAD, Yorkshire

    ‘The welcome is warm and attentive’ at the Banks family’s restaurant-with-rooms, in the North York Moors national park. Tom and Ann Banks are the hands-on owners; their eldest son, James, is the

  • The Hack & Spade, WHASHTON, Yorkshire

    Down a single-track lane, this ‘unpretentious’ stone-built restaurant-with-rooms has been the hub of this Yorkshire village since 1806. Owners Jane and Andy Ratcliffe still host the local domino club

  • Yorebridge House, Leyburn, Yorkshire

    By the River Ure, Charlotte and David Reilly’s small hotel and restaurant occupy a Victorian stone-built school outside a pretty village with stunning views of the Dales. The former

  • Cleveland Tontine, NORTHALLERTON, Yorkshire

    ‘A complete surprise inside – modern, comfortable, quirky.’ At the foot of the North York Moors, this Grade II listed, stone-built Victorian house was a resting place for weary

  • Mount Royale, YORK, Yorkshire

    ‘Away from the bustle of the city’, this traditional hotel has been owned by the Oxtoby family for more than 45 years; it is run with long-serving staff who ‘take a genuine interest in their guests’.

  • Easby Hall, RICHMOND, Yorkshire

    In a tranquil setting above the ruins of Easby Abbey, John and Karen Clarke’s family home is in an impressive stone-built Georgian country house, with luxurious B&B suites in a separate

  • Newbegin House, BEVERLEY, Yorkshire

    Close to the centre of a ‘fine’ East Riding market town, this ‘unusually large’ Georgian house with a walled garden is the home of Walter and Nuala Sweeney, who welcome B&B

  • The Coach House at Middleton Lodge, RICHMOND, Yorkshire

    ‘Another exciting newcomer in the north.’ Trusted Guide correspondents were impressed in 2015 by James Allison’s restaurant-with-rooms, a ‘sensitive’ conversion of the

  • The Blue Lion, East Witton, Yorkshire

    Homely and comforting, Paul and Helen Klein’s old stone coaching inn, in a Yorkshire Dales village, has roaring fires, flagstone floors, sturdy settles, old prints on the walls. Country-style

  • The Timble Inn, Timble, Yorkshire

    In a quiet village in the Washburn valley, this grade II listed 18th-century coaching inn ‘received a thumbs-up from us all as a base to explore the area and to feed the body and spirit’.

  • Newton House, Knaresborough, Yorkshire

    In the centre of this charming market town, Denise Carter provides B&B accommodation in her elegantly furnished 300-year-old town house, which is said to have been built with stones from Knaresborough

  • The Carpenters Arms, Felixkirk, Yorkshire

    ‘Outstanding: the bedrooms are stunning and well thought out; the cooking highlighted the freshest of ingredients.’ Guide inspectors in 2015 were impressed by this pub-with-rooms in a Domesday village