29. 17 in courtyard, 2 in cottage, some suitable for disabled.
drawing room, sitting rooms, library, bar, restaurant, 2 private dining rooms, free Wi-Fi, in-room TV (Freeview), civil wedding licence, 20-acre grounds, spa (10 by 6 metre indoor swimming pool).
not under 6.
allowed in garden suites and cottage, not in main house.
Amex, MasterCard, Visa.
per room B&B from £143, D,B&B from £218. Set gourmet dinner £75, seasonal menu £45, à la carte £59. 1-night bookings refused summer weekends.
Good Hotel Guide Review
‘A cheerful, likeable hotel’, this ‘stunning’ William and Mary mansion stands in Italianate parkland, with easy access to the city centre. Built in 1699 with an eye on Wren’s Hampton Court, it was rescued and restored by the National Trust in the 1980s. An oak staircase sweeps upwards from the entrance hall; the ‘grand public rooms’ (‘seriously comfortable for pre- and post-dinner gin-and-tonics’) are filled with antiques and fine pictures. Bedrooms, fittingly, are traditional – ‘old-fashioned’, some say – and decorated with not a few frilly valances. ‘I felt, at first, as if I were visiting a rich grandmother at her country pile. But I came to appreciate my high-ceilinged room, whose well-coordinated decor suited the hotel’s ethos.’ There’s a spa in a ‘lovely brick cottage’ (‘where some rejuvenation wouldn’t go amiss’), but wander in the ‘well-cared-for gardens’ instead – ‘there are lots of corners to explore’. Dinner is ‘nice, without being cordon bleu’ – perhaps lamb loin, ricotta, wild garlic – ‘and the chefs offer to rustle up an alternative if you fancy something different’. ‘Breakfast provides all the choice you need.’ The A64 rumbles close by. (Anthony Bradbury, Michael Gwinnell, and others)
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Tailor make the break of your choice
From only £139 per person, per night to include: Overnight accommodation in a courtyard double/twin room; early morning tea; full Yorkshire breakfast; three-course seasonal dinner; use of the Spa facilities; complimentary Wi-Fi and parking; and your choice of one of the following options: Either a chilled bottle of pink Champagne in your room, or champagne afternoon tea, or a one-day York Pass to discover the magnificent City of York, or a 25-minute Decléor or NeomOrganics treatment per person. Restrictions and terms and conditions apply. Please mention the Good Hotel Guide when booking.
A magnificent 18th-century house, set in 1,000 acres of parkland.
Over 300 years of rail history, with the steam engine from the Harry Potter films.
Award-winning, modern grandstands, listed buildings and manicured lawns set the scene for the best of racedays.