Overview This former home to Thomas Barlow, a 17th-century Yorkshire country gent with lofty social climbing ambitions, was voted hotel of the year and restaurant of the year in this year’s Visit York Tourism Awards and it’s clear why. From the moment you arrive at the imposing facade and step inside, everything impresses.

The character-filled drawing rooms downstairs are perfect for relaxing, and the extensive gardens give you room to roam. Adjacent to the historic building is a spa and swimming pool – we recommend the all over body massage for stripping you of all that city stress. 

Wow factor Evening dinner in the hotel’s restaurant is an unparalleled classic country house experience.

Rooms From standard doubles to luxurious four-poster options. We recommend splashing out for a Regal Recline, which comes with great views of the surrounding grounds and is furnished with Georgian antiques. bill please From £99pn.

 YO23 2GB  York 

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