Travel Weekly features editor Katie McGonagle explores Warner Leisure Hotels’ North Yorkshire property.
Is there anything more charming than an English country mansion – all ivy-draped facade and manicured gardens – on a sunny summer’s day? Throw in afternoon tea on the terrace and a game of croquet, and Nidd Hall is the very epitome of Englishness.
This 18th-century, Grade II-listed manor house is set on a 45-acre estate near Harrogate, North Yorkshire, operated by Warner Leisure Hotels and aimed at the mature end of the market.
While it might boast 200 years of history, it’s still looking fresh thanks to a £2 million renovation this year, adding three more historic rooms, upgrading its main restaurant with a new orangery-style seating area, and refurbishing entertainment venue the Late Lounge, which attracts a mix of musical acts and crowd-pleasing entertainers.
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The classic touches continue in the dining rooms, with traditional roast dinners and jam roly poly on the menu in the main Rawson restaurant, and ‘Yorkshire tapas’ in speciality restaurant Great & Small, serving local beef, lamb and seafood in tapas-style small plates – and don’t miss the mouth-watering Yorkshire Dales cheese board to finish.
Service occasionally leaves a little to be desired, but there’s no doubting that the star of both dining venues is their classic British cuisine.
Rooms are divided into standard, signature and historic, but all share the same modern amenities, with a small outdoor seating area for those on the ground floor.
That said, it’s the grounds that really make this property stand out, whether guests want to partake in archery or tennis, or simply stroll round the lake. For rainy days, the reading room is a pleasant alternative, or head for the sizeable swimming pool and spa.
Out and about
Nidd Hall is well-placed for exploring the beautiful towns and countryside of North Yorkshire. The pretty village of Knaresborough is just 10 minutes away, with plenty of shops, bars and restaurants ideal for a quiet afternoon. Spa town Harrogate is a 20-minute drive, home to pedestrianised shopping arcades, lovely landscaped gardens and the famous Betty’s Tea Rooms, which has made afternoon tea an institution.
Don’t miss the historic city of York, easily reached by car and using the park and ride system, with the grand York Minster, entertaining Jorvik Viking Centre and cobbled street The Shambles among its highlights.
Where: Nidd Hall Hotel, Harrogate, North Yorkshire, HG3 3BN
How much: Three nights at Nidd Hall Hotel costs from £249 per person based on two adults sharing a standard room starting on May 18, 2018, and including the Simply Dine package of breakfast and three-course dnner each day.