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.



Greenbank Barns: A Holiday at Home

Last week I had the chance to visit a renovation project of five-star luxury accommodation called Greenbank Barns.  Having bit of a life-long interiors crush, it was not a hardship to spend a couple of hours nosey-ing round!  Positioned between Barnard Castle and Richmond, Yorkshire, these barns are available to hire, so, in order for you get the most out of this post, let’s suppose you’re looking for a place whilst I take you on a virtual tour.

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The two available barns can be rented separately for either 8 or 10 people, and collectively will accommodate 18 people. Dexter houses 10, Shorthorn, 8. (The names? they’re the breed of cattle which used to occupy the barns!).

Left through Dexter’s door is the kitchen, where your gaze is immediately diverted to the adjoining HUGE (as in 100msq huge) hangout dining/living room.  This room is seriously impressive.  High ceilings with exposed beams, brick walls and stone floors mean this room ‘feels right’ yet despite its size, is still cosy  (can’t tell you how many times I said ‘Wow’).

The table comfortably seats 18 people; in my head I had a Christmas Dinner/New Year Party scenario playing out.  This place would be ‘perfect’ for extended family occasions (which is probably why it’s mostly booked on weekends throughout 2016 into 2017!)

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At the far end of the room are patio doors to an amazing view across the fields outside.  An outdoor table and chairs, BBQ and a hot tub at both properties mean the spectacularly peaceful view can be enjoyed to the max.
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The Dexter farmhouse kitchen; spacious, bright and cosy.

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Connecting the kitchen and living space is a snug with its own TV and wood-burner.  Decorated with more of a masculine, industrial edge, this space would be ideal for those who want to perhaps retire from the main party to have a bit of peace without being too detached.

The ‘feel’ of the place I referred to earlier is not just owing to the architectural masterpiece of these conversions but also the outstanding interior design.  Local business Niche Living, for me, have done an excellent job in giving each space its own characteristics which collectively fit well along-side each other.

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The majority of the bedrooms have their own ensuites.  The chateau-style master bedroom is simply delightful and features a luxurious free-standing bath.

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The rear of the properties have paved and grassy areas which can be accessed from the two bedrooms which over-look this space – a gate in the wall providing access from one to the other if required.

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Shorthorn’s kitchen is larger than Dexters and, owing to the views across the Holmedale Valley has a definitive ‘wow factor’ as soon as you walk in.  The beautiful dining area for eight, overhanging chandelier and sofa nearby create a relaxing vibe.  I couldn’t help feeling that if you booked as a party of 18 and you ‘got’ this house, then you wouldn’t feel worse off because you didn’t get the larger dining/living room on offer in Dexter, especially when you see what’s next…

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A cozy lounge has more patio doors to the stunning view out front and also adjoins another amazing space – the games room.  The glass roof in here is simply delightful.  We got to see it on an extremely sunny-but-cloudy day and the natural light was quite something.

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These three collective open spaces are seamlessly transitional, beautifully open and light and have a that wonderful outdoors-in quality.

The bedrooms, as with Dexter, are a mix of upstairs and downstairs rooms, some ensuite and others sharing house bathrooms.

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The Greenbank Barns had me at ‘hello’; I thoroughly enjoyed my brief visit and only imagine that a stay there would tick all the boxes for those looking for a relaxing country break.  Both barns are dog friendly, and as part of the five-star service, private chefs and beauty therapists can also be arranged for guests.

Dexter and Shorthorn are let by Holiday at Home – you can visit their website here.  Meanwhile, I’ll stop taking goofy bathroom selfies in clever mirrors…

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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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