Feversham Arms Hotel Helmsley

The Feversham Arms Hotel has long been on my ‘must visit’ list.  Anywhere that has an outdoor pool, in Yorkshire, has me intrigued!

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Quite tucked away off the main through-road, the hotel will appeal to those wanting a country retreat in unspoiled setting.  Helmsley is quaint, charming and naturally, restful.   Feversham Arms 7

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Thirty-three bedrooms and the Verbena Spa make it a great place to retreat for those looking to go away without anything too taxing on the agenda.  Day packages at the spa will also appeal to ladies seeking a luxury hang-out.  

Six individual treatment rooms and one double, with plenty of softly-lit space for relaxing on comfy sofas is going to appeal in the colder months.  The outdoor space… speaks for itself!

We ate in the Weathervane restaurant.  Though the food was excellent, there was not enough on the plate for either of us and a tad pricey at that, so a meal wouldn’t be a reason we’d return.   That said, the outdoor space is such a delight that I can absolutely see us returning in the Summer months for a glass of wine and perhaps a few nibbles on the terrace…

You can visit The Feversham Arms Hotel Website here.



The Royal York Hotel

Situated next to the train station, The Royal York Hotel has always been a place we’ve walked past on the way to meeting family and friends in the city centre for a great day out.  Hotels are places to stay and if you’re not going to be staying (or having a meeting), then there’s no reason to enter, right?

Time to change that old way of thinking…

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The Grade II listed building has undergone a £15 million refurbishment; I was invited for afternoon tea and promptly fell in love with the place.

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Recognised as one of the most architecturally significant railway hotels in the country (formerly The Royal Station Hotel), whilst the iconic exterior hasn’t changed much, the inside has undergone a rather epic transformation thanks to interior architects Goddard Littlefair.

Not only has it been both restored and modernised, but a new bar (Chapter House) and restaurant (Refectory Kitchen & Terrace) have been created.  These two destination concepts will attract new business, ours included.

Whilst I could tell you about the afternoon tea we were invited to taste,  I’d rather show you what really made us linger longer: the interior decor.

The sheer size of the building naturally lends itself to a lofty grandeur but the design aspects and furnishings incorporated with the refurbishing have taken 4 Star Luxury to another level.

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Having not seen the ‘before’ I am relying on my Mothers’ word who tells me ‘it was all dark wood everywhere’.  The photos below show the ‘Garden Room’; the afternoon tea takes place in here – the colour palette which adorns the Victoria architecture is perfectly balanced.  Sage greens, softest greys and mauves’ accents of aged metallic’s and crushed velvets cohere without competing.

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The afternoon tea was lovely and staff knew the menu inside out; however the most memorable food was the plate of savoury appetisers.  The detail in the flavours was exquisite.  What followed by way of the three-tier plate of sandwiches, scones and sweets, was too nondescript for my taste-buds.

As we sat among a low-level of hubbub, looking out over beautiful gardens onto York Minster, we couldn’t help thinking how calm and relaxed it was.  We settled we’d rather that any day than queuing round the block as you might do in other well-known tea rooms.

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We finished with a cup of hand-picked Jasmine tea from China, then took to exploring the hotels quiet luxury further.

A rather grand staircase ascends to the 159 bedrooms which have all been refurbished.  Whilst we didn’t get to see the rooms, a fellow blogger has, visit Pouting in Heels’ Post to see the rooms here. The Royal Hotel York 27The Royal Hotel York 23The Royal Hotel York 28The Royal Hotel York 19The Royal Hotel York 22

Things we noted; the staff were truly excellent and there was no sense of snobbery about the place.  Some places you go and you’re not sure if it’ll accommodate everyone?… The Royal, not so – we felt right at home.

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Chapter House bar and games room is open daily serving hot and cold drinks.  Bar nibbles indulge in British classics such as black pudding sausage roll with HP Sauce, Fountains Gold toast with Branston, and Bridlington scampi with tartare sauce.

The Refectory Kitchen & Terrace (below) can be seen round to the left as soon as you exit the train station doors. It’s a fabulous space, seating 126 indoors with a further 35 covers outdoors… we picked up a menu and have already seen ourselves dining here in Summer… all we need now is the weather!

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Will we return to The Royal York?  Most definitely.  Away from the bustle of the city, it will be the perfect place to get lunch and drinks in the most beautiful surroundings.  I hope the hotel will continue to see much success and a return for the sizeable investment.  Visit the hotel website here.


Behind the scenes...

Caught in the act – behind the scenes.



The Lakeside Hotel

Do love a beautiful entrance!

One of our favourite places to get away to is The Lakeside Hotel.  Situated on the shores of  Lake Windermere, it is in an amazing location with stunning views.  We all look for different things from our holidays; anybody else a scenery person?  I adore beautiful views but also need a place my young daughter can enjoy and have a great time in too.  The Lakeside is that for us and we’ve been visiting since before she was born.  What I love as much as the hotel itself and the location by the lake is the excellence of staff every time we go.  Their continually renewed high standards make it so enjoyable time after time.


Spacious conservatory with spectacular views creates a relaxing atmosphere guests can just ‘be’!

Never the same view twice

Never the same view twice, always beautiful.

Table Decorations, straight from the garden

Table Decorations, straight from the garden.

I couldn't not!

I couldn’t not!

We ordered lunch before heading to the pool for the afternoon… this meat platter was for one – I could not finish it!

The pool; tranquility for those looking for a little RandR. Once the family in the picture left… I taught Miss P to dive bomb!

The view from my pool lounger

The view from my pool lounger

The quiet of the afternoon. Come evening this is a beautiful hubbub of folk enjoying the ambiance.

Hydrangeas in a Copper Jug

Hydrangeas in a copper jug

Stained-glass windows and chandelier

Stained-glass windows and chandelier

Just a jetty

Just a very pretty jetty

The Lakeside Hotel Boat

The Lakeside Hotel Boat

Taking a walk before evening meal

Taking a walk before evening meal

The train meets the end of the line just across the car park.

The train meets the end of the line just across the car park.

Drinks outside before supper

Drinks outside before supper


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There are numerous places to enjoy an evening meal, we chose Ruskins Brasserie.

There are numerous places to enjoy an evening meal, we chose Ruskins Brasserie.

Halloumi and aubergine salad

Bechstein Piano

Evening entertainment, a tinkle on the ivories… the pianist was brilliant and played a real variety of well-known songs. He hit a home run for us when he played Frozen!

Moroccan lamps

Moroccan lamps that come into their own once the light fades.

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The back of the Hotel which looks onto the lake… such a beautiful building, slate, glass and old stone… in keeping with it’s surroundings.

Window Seat

How many times did you do this as a child… I used to love sitting in the window, found her in the bathroom here just having 5 last minutes watching the night arrive before bed.

Almost dark on the lake

Almost dark on the lake


We took our time over breakfast… bliss!

We stayed two days and really made good use of the hotel, going to the pool both days and enjoying just being together in the conservatory – would highly recommend!  Visit their website here.


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