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The Grand Hotel - York

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Built in 1906 as the North Eastern Railway Headquarters, The Grand boasts a stately character with sweeping stone staircases, original wood panelling, parquet flooring and acres of marble. The extravagance and grandeur is all a reminder of the buildings former status as an icon of the golden age of railway travel.

Now reborn as a hotel, but retaining its original splendour, with its intricate stonework and marble detailing, The Grand, York features beautiful public spaces, extraordinarily spacious rooms, two restaurants and bars, meetings and conference rooms, an executive lounge, a spa and a state-of-the-art cookery school.

Situated next to the ancient walls that enclose the city centre, and with views of York Minster, the hotel is located at a historical crossroads - the perfect place to explore the city.

 

 

Five of the best hotels near Castle Howard

Arguably one of the finest stately homes and gardens in the UK, Castle Howard sits resplendent in its vast grounds in North Yorkshire. Just 15 miles from York itself, it has been the home of the Carlisle branch of the Howard family for more than 300 years and is open to visitors throughout the year, telling stories of history, horticulture and heritage style.

Here, the Good Hotel Guide offers an insight into the best of the region’s hospitality with 5 of their recommended hotels near Castle Howard.

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The Pheasant, Harome

In the picturesque village of Harome, The Pheasant was originally converted from a blacksmith’s shop and barns, to become the 16 room boutique hotel it is today. Complete with an indoor pool ad award-winning restaurant, its esteemed reputation, it has retained a sense of rustic charm as well as its own unique style. It has two family rooms, and it’s an idyllic base from which to explore the North Yorkshire moors and market towns.

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The Star Inn at Harome, Helmsley

Perhaps best known for its award-winning dining, The Star Inn at Harome is a Michelin Star 14th century inn and the brainchild of Andrew Pern.  Its style is best described a quirky, following through to its hunting lodge-style bedrooms over the road from the pub itself in converted farm buildings.  Local, foraged and home-grown ingredients are the stars of the menu, and breakfast is served at a large round table designed to get everyone chatting.

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The Durham Ox, Crayke

A traditional pub with some of the most exceptional details intact, The Durham Ox is a stylish and award-winning pub with rooms. A 300 year history gives the destination a sense of gravitas and the local menu combined with an extensive range of wines and cask ales makes for a sociable ambience. Meanwhile, guests can stay in five star accommodation in the Studio Suite above the pub, five converted farm cottages or a three bedroom self-catering cottage in the village complete with L’Occitane toiletries.

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The White Swan, Pickering

Five star luxury at country inn prices is how The White Swan in Pickering modestly describes itself.  Located in the beautiful Yorkshire moors, the cosy retreat fuses antique furniture with a contemporary palette and careful attention to the details. Rich fabrics and fresh flowers characterise the inn, which has been in the dame family for four generations.  Food is carefully prepared using local ingredients, but ultimately the labour of love is all about delivering the kind of food that makes you feel at home, such as their famously-creamy ice creams, daily breads and hand-cut chips. It’s what they like to call ‘proper food’.

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Lastingham Grange, Lastingham

A chocolate box perfect country house hotel which was transformed from a 17th century farm to retreat in the 1920s, Lastingham Grange has a reputation for excellence.  Warm and welcoming, it has a sense of stepping into a another world - one where you wake to the sound of birdsong and views across the National Park.  10 acres of well-kept gardens surround you, and food is a feast of local ingredients, even stretching to an entire menu devoted to cheese.

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The Pheasant
The Star Inn at Harome
The Durham Ox
The White Swan
Lastingham Grange