UK GETAWAY: GRANTLEY HALL

Elysia Fryer finds bliss at the gorgeous Grantley Hall – where first-class hospitality has Yorkshire at its heart...
UK GETAWAY: GRANTLEY HALL

Location >>

It’s a ‘wow’ first impression as we pull up at the ornate entrance gates – greeted with a smile and guided along the sweeping drive to the imposing, Grade II* Listed Grantley Hall.

The drive through the grounds and towards the building feels like something you’d see in a Hollywood flick. A gracious hall set in rolling countryside, wrapped in enchanting woodland along the River Skell. It’s picture-perfect and it is Yorkshire at its very finest.

Grantley is reflective of its surroundings; sitting between the cultural cathedral city of Ripon and the quaint, country market town of Pateley Bridge. It’s a refined, regal getaway with country charm at its heart.

The A1(M) is just a 15-minute drive, with Harrogate reachable in under 30-minutes. This luxurious stately mansion sits on the fringe of the Dales and Yorkshire’s Golden Triangle. It’s a hotspot for all of what Yorkshire has to offer, making it the ultimate base for exploring the county or simply sitting back, relaxing and revelling in proper Yorkshire hospitality.

Style >>

Grantley is grand, gracious and guarantees something truly unique. Each and every room is expertly designed to offer something refreshingly different. You’ve got the old-world glamour of Valeria’s Champagne & Cocktail Bar, the stately home sophistication of Shaun Rankin’s fine-dining restaurant, and the laid-back luxe feeling of the Three Graces Spa Lounge. Everywhere you turn you’ll find mood-lifting scents, stunning scenery and opulent interiors reflective of the location – all with modern grandeur in mind.
This Relais & Châteaux hotel has undergone years of renovation work, and the results really are exquisite. Communal relaxation areas inject bold colours, funky furnishings and chunky coffee table books, while formal dining areas offer something really special.

The building boasts two main areas – the main Hall and the Fountains Wing. Our suite is found in the new-build Fountains Wing, where the rich colours, columns and panels are replaced with light open spaces, olive trees, French chateaux-style benches, marble floors and blue-sky views overhead. The first-floor atrium leads to the Fountains Wing suites – and it’s a tranquil oasis in itself.

Hotel Highlights >>

The hotel’s wow interiors are enough to blow us away, not to mention the plethora of activities, facilities and dining opportunities available across the site. The Three Graces Spa is a great place to start. Complete with a magnificent marble-clad swimming pool, an indoor- outdoor hydro pool, hot tub, snow room, panoramic sauna and luxury steam room, it’s a hotel hideaway where time stands still, and tranquility comes first.

A place to pause and connect with the here and now. There are plenty of Natura Bisse and ila products and treatments available, as well as beautifully designed communal areas for those ‘drifting away from the everyday’ moments.

The hall’s ELITE Luxury Gym is also worth a visit, where guests can reconnect with the body and the mind. Whether it’s a one-to-one session, morning yoga or a DIY fitness class using state-of-the-art equipment, there’s plenty to ensure wellness comes first.

Lay Your Head >>

The friendly faces of Grantley Hall will ensure your stay is as comfortable and stress-free as possible as soon as you step foot through the gates. Everyone from the porter and reception staff, to the spa therapists and restaurant hosts are clued up on any questions you may have. Plenty of good Yorkshire chat and smiling faces.
There’s no formal check-in service here, which always comes with a warm welcome. The porters know who we are on arrival and gently guide us straight
to our suite via the Fountains Wing atrium. We’re whisked into our plush pad, a bottle of champagne is waiting on ice and we’re introduced to our room’s first-class facilities.

Think TVs hidden behind paintings, touch-button lighting, electric blinds, homemade sloe gin and a bathrobe menu. You name it, this suite has it. The room’s design combines country-house style with Gatsby glamour. A light and natural palette with glitzy touches in the form of stunning Italian marble bathroom suites, French-style windows with far- reaching vistas over the grounds, and fresh linen that makes you feel like you’re floating on a cloud.

An early evening turndown service means your room is ready for your return as the night draws in– complete with pillow mist, daily hotel newsletter and inspiring quotes to instil positive thoughts as you drift off.

Food and Drink >>

Michelin-starred chef, Shaun Rankin, is at the helm. He has returned to his roots to bring Yorkshire-inspired fine-dining to Grantley. His ‘Chef’s Table’ is a must-try experience, sitting at the heart of the engine room, seating six guests. Signature dishes include Yorkshire rhubarb, venison loin and fig leaf parfait.
Fletchers Restaurant is the hotel’s sophisticated all-day dining hotspot, serving British classics with a contemporary, European twist. Norton Bar & Courtyard is a great spot or early evening tipples and after-dinner drinks. Here you’ll find modern opulence mixed with the original oak panelling of
a traditional, 18th century mansion. Pops of colour and funky furnishings bring the bar bang up to date. Pair this with an indulgent espresso martini and you’re set for the night!

East meets west over at EightyEight – a pan-Asian paradise serving an eclectic mix of city dining within picture-perfect Yorkshire scenery. Think clinking glassware, a buzzy vibe and low-lit dining as exotic flavours are brought to life in tapas-style feasting. Valeria’s Champagne & Cocktail Bar – sitting at the top of the stairs above EightyEight – is perfect for glamorous get-togethers and stylish sipping, with a live jazz soundtrack every Friday and Saturday night.

Spa-goers can enjoy healthy and nutritious light bites and drinks in the elegant Three Graces Spa Lounge – a space designed to energise, enhance and enlighten. Our Grantley getaway comes to a close with a hearty Yorkshire breakfast in Fletchers Restaurant.

Do This >>

Grantley Hall is a glorious base for exploring all that Yorkshire has to offer – be it a stroll through a North Yorkshire market town, or an adventure into
the Dales.

With Ripon, Pateley Bridge and Harrogate all within easy reach, there’s plenty to keep exploring guests busy. Families can enjoy the great outdoors at Fountains Abbey and Newby Hall, while culture-lovers can get to grips with Ripon’s Cathedral, museums and bustling market square.

Guests struggling to peel themselves away from the grandeur of Grantley, have plenty to keep them busy. Throw on some wellies from reception and stroll through the Japanese garden, let off some steam with woodland walks and get your camera kit out for some picture-perfect snapping in the pristine parkland.

Other experiences include bespoke spa packages, wine tasting, wellness days and plenty of luxurious coffee table books to get stuck into in the library lounge.


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