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Review: A Luxe Stay At Gisborough Hall

Moorland views, roaring fires and sensational seasonal produce awaits at Gisborough Hall. Elysia Fryer checks in for a winter staycation

There’s something incredibly refreshing about a getaway on the doorstep.

There really is no need to travel far, particularly when we live in such a beautiful part of the world.

We’re checking in for an overnight treat at the stunning Gisborough Hall, an elegant country house at the foot of the North York Moors.

Why Stay at Gisborough Hall

If you arrive in daylight, you’ll be invited in by the rolling countryside around you. If you’re in darkness, you can look forward to drawing your curtains in the morning to spectacular views of Guisborough Forest and the Cleveland Way.

Gisborough Hall celebrates all that the region has to offer – stunning countryside, delicious local produce, and most important of all,  heartfelt hospitality.

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Style at Gisborough Hall

A sweeping driveway brings us to the front of the hotel – an imposing, ivy-sprawled Victorian building.

As you walk through Gisborough Hall’s grounds, despite its contemporary touches, you can really imagine the past lives that called this estate home.

It’s a place steeped in history and it has been expertly updated in a way that doesn’t lose sight of that.

From the refined Drawing Room with high ceilings, to the modern De Brus Bar & Grill and the original ‘Safe’ which has been transformed into a magnificent liquor room, the hotel perfectly combines modern elegance with traditional style.

Gisborough Hall’s Hotel Highlights

Gisborough Hall

The hotel’s interior offers something beautifully unique, and the exterior takes that beauty to the next level.

The grounds are truly breathtaking; from the moorland views to the pristine lawns, sunny terrace and charming Rose Garden – the perfect backdrop for weddings and special celebrations. 

The Glass House and The Madoc Suite Ballroom also deserve a special mention, making the venue a long-standing favourite for brides and grooms across the region and beyond. All love stories start somewhere special, and that is a dead cert here.

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One of our favourite features of the hall is The Safe – originally a muniment room where deeds to the estate were once kept. The space, now enclosed by glass, between the restaurant and bar, has been lovingly transformed into a liquor room – packed with a selection of craft gins, unique liquors and fine whiskies. It’s a fantastic talking point and the perfect place to visit for an after dinner drink or two.

The Rooms At Gisborough Hall

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The Rose Room is our home for the evening. A beautifully positioned suite sitting at the front of the building with far-reaching views of the terrace, gardens, hills and beyond.

The walls are adorned with pretty rose-covered wallpaper, and the antique four poster bed and high ceilings add opulence to the space. 

The room comes with top of the range modern amenities such as Nespresso coffee machine, TV, WiFi and adjustable mood lighting, and the quality fabrics, furnishings and bed linen means you’re in good hands when drifting off to dreamtime.  

The room is a good size, with a lovely breakout area perfect for enjoying an in-room beverage or a room service breakfast in front of the beautiful bay window. 

The big and bright bathroom is the ideal place to unwind with spacious roll-top bath, double sink and large rain shower. The spa-like experience is complete with Molton Brown goodies. 

Food & Drink At Gisborough Hall

Gisborough Hall

The fire is roaring in the library as we’re seated and served pre-dinner drinks. A cooling gin and tonic goes down wonderfully as the fire crackles in the background. 

Chaloner’s Restaurant is a fine dining restaurant with local produce and the family’s history at its heart – named after Lord Gisborough’s ancestors. It’s a space for both residents and non-residents to enjoy some of the finest seasonal produce in an elegant and luxurious setting, matched with regularly changing, expertly crafted menus.

We start with the sticky chilli pork belly and king scallop, served with carrot purée and ginger jus. A delicious fusion of flavours with a spicy kick. 

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Our main courses are: the grilled sea bass fillet, served with grilled plum tomato, field mushroom, triple cooked chunky chips and dressed rocket. The meat is tasty and tender – a good size, perfectly cooked and presented well. And the star of the show – pan roast Gressington duck breast and confit duck leg scotch egg, served with wild mushroom purée, confit potato, kale and carrot. A hearty, winter dish, and a clear winner when it comes to celebrating North Yorkshire produce. 

We’ve got no room for dessert on this occasion, so opt for an after dinner drink from The Safe instead.

Things To Do In The Local Area

A Gisborough Hall getaway is suited to both visitors who want to relax and unwind, and those looking to explore the local area. 

It’s within walking distance of Guisborough, a pretty market town lined with independent cafés and coffee shops, restaurants, delis and boutiques. Guisborough is an ideal location for keen walkers, with several moorland and forest routes at your fingertips.

With Gisborough Hall as your base, you’ve got the North York Moors and the Cleveland Way on your doorstep, meaning you can enjoy outdoor pursuits to your heart’s content. From shooting parties to walking tours, the countryside has never been more exciting. 

If you’re more for indulging in all that the hotel itself has to offer, there are plenty of dining options available, including afternoon tea in The Drawing Room and light lunch on The Terrace in the warmer months.

The hotel’s wellness centre, The Revival Zone, is the perfect place to enjoy some downtime – whether you’re staying the night or just popping by. With a number of nourishing Elemis face and body treatments available, there’s plenty on offer to have you feeling fresh from head to toe.

Each month, The Revival Zone showcases a new treatment offer, which we will be keeping our eyes peeled for. Nothing beats a bit of pampering followed by a walk in nature and a wholesome meal in the stunning surroundings of Gisborough Hall.