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9 hotels in the Yorkshire countryside

From the Dales to the Moors to the heritage coastline, these hotels chosen by the Good Hotel Guide will take you straight to the heart of the Yorkshire countryside.

Yorebridge House, Bainbridge

This former school and headmaster’s house brings an international flair to the Yorkshire Dales National Park. Inside, the well-travelled owners have filled the rooms with bits and pieces from their favourite places. Outside, the view is pure Yorkshire. And did we mention the award-winning restaurant?

Which bedroom? Jasper hints of a Canadian ski lodge, St Jean is Caribbean-style living all the way to the room’s private outdoor hot tub.

The Coach House at Middleton Lodge, Richmond

Even though it’s handily located just off Scotch Corner between the Yorkshire Dales and North York Moors, you’ll struggle to leave this restaurant-with-rooms on a Georgian country estate. The restaurant’s menu is inspired by the Yorkshire countryside – 200 acres of the stuff surrounds The Coach House – and The Treatment Rooms’ holistic therapy menu is just as interesting.

Which bedroom? Book the double-height Tack Room for a huge bed and a wood-burning stove.

The Traddock, Austwick

If homey, dog-friendly hotels with board games, crackling fires and armchairs that swallow you up are your thing, head to The Traddock. It’s got the Yorkshire Dales National Park on its doorstep and decorated chef Thomas Pickard (formerly of Swinton Park) in the restaurant.

Which bedroom? Ask for one of the newly converted loft rooms for views across Burn Moor to the Forest of Bowland and beyond.

Hipping Hall, Cowan Bridge

This Grade II-listed gem of a hotel within the Yorkshire Dales skips across the centuries. Rooms in the 18th-century house vary enormously in size, which just means prices do too. In the 15th-century banqueting hall, chef Oliver Martin creates thoroughly modern dishes using produce from Yorkshire, Lancashire and Cumbria. And the walks from the door are timeless.

Which bedroom? Splash out on the spacious Tatham Suite in the attic.

The White Swan, Pickering

Mountain bike trails, bridleways and miles of moorland are all within easy reach of this traditional 16th-century coaching house on the edge of the North York Moors. And (whisper it), if you’re not completely sold on a purely countryside break, the hustle and bustle of the charming market town of Pickering surround it too.

Which bedroom? The Hideaway rooms in the converted stables are airy, spacious and generally delightful.

The Black Swan at Oldstead

Since Tom and Ann Banks bought this old village pub to save it from closing, they’ve turned it into an award-winning restaurant-with-rooms. With son Tommy at the helm of the kitchen, they’ve become Yorkshire’s only restaurant with a Michelin star and 4 AA Rosettes. The food may be exceptional, but it’s the warm hospitality of this place that really sets it apart.

Which bedroom? The Flassendale has a copper bath and a small terrace.

Broom House, Egton Bridge

Simply take in the views from this B&B bolthole, or join the savvy walkers, mountain bikers and fisherfolk who make it their Yorkshire base. It’s near Whitby in the North York Moors National Park so naturally the excellent, freshly cooked breakfasts feature Whitby kippers.

Which bedroom? All the bedrooms are comfortable and have views of the Esk Valley but families should book The May Barn, the new two-bedroom suite.

The Yorke Arms, Ramsgill-in-Nidderdale

Another divine restaurant-with-rooms, The Yorke Arms brings Michelin-star food and first-class hospitality to the Yorkshire Dales but it’s the little things that make the big differences here. Picture tasty complimentary nibbles by the log fire and personal recommendations for the day’s specials from the owner come as standard in this 18th-century former coach house and shooting lodge.

Which bedroom? Ask for one of the substantial courtyard rooms.

The Wold Cottage, Wold Newton

Don’t be fooled by the name. This is no cottage but a luxury B&B in a grand Grade II-listed Georgian manor house that presides over landscaped gardens. Perhaps the cottage moniker is more in-keeping with the tea and home-made cake presented on arrival, or the family pony kids can feed carrots to on the farm…

Which room? Families armed with carrots should book the family room with a double and twin beds.

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