Whitby and the North York Moors are wonderful places to visit but for a long time (been coming here for 40 years) if you came here you'd wish for a place you could stay in that was good. Well here you are: Raithwaite Hall is good.
What do you want? A nice bed? Raithwaite's was one of the best beds I've slept in. I was a bit squiffy when I got my head down, having given their wine list a bit of a beating but seriously these are good beds. The room was bright, well equipped, blah blah but what sets this place apart is the people.
We parked the car and were tackled by a gardener (wearing just a t shirt despite it being freezing outside) who carried our bags to reception. I have stayed in hotels throughout Europe and have never had this happen. We were checked in fast and friendly, which is what you want after a long drive, the doorman (Richard?) took us to our room and explained everything to us.
Don't bring: bathrobes, slippers or hairdryers, they're all provided. DO bring sparkling wine: the doorman will notice you have it and ten minutes after you check in a bucket of ice and two champagne flutes arrive in your room.
We had a few drinks in Poachers Bar then had a trough in the main restaurant. Now I have eaten risotto from the Alps to Rome on a bicycle tour down Italy but have - seriously folks - never had it as good as their beets risotto with Wensleydale cheese. The waiting staff were great: I had the steak, my wife had the pheasant as mains. My only criticism is that we could have done with less - in fact no - Norah Jones on the stereo while we ate.
Tip: leave room for breakfast. I don't know how Raithwaite's Yorkshire breakfast compares to your average Full English, but this was good. Bang on sausages and bacon, a chef on hand to do eggs the way you want them.
Checkout was fine, the doorman carrying bags to our car despite our protests. We'll be back.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The 80-acre Raithwaite Estate with its landscaped grounds is located in the coastal North Yorkshire countryside. Luxurious rooms within The Hall and Keep buildings feature alongside an indoor pool, spa, sauna, gym, 2 restaurants and 2 bars. With luxurious bathrobes, spacious beds and an en suite bathroom, all rooms on the Raithwaite Estate are individually designed. Some also feature a balcony or terrace with stunning views of the landscaped grounds.Local, seasonal produce is used in the Estate's restaurants, located within both The Hall and Keep, with both specialising in Whitby's famous fresh produce from both land and sea.The extensive spa and fitness facilities on the Estate include an 11-metre pool, steam room, and a whirlpool. A range of indulgent spa treatments are also on offer and can be booked prior to arrival. The local countryside, beaches, and nearby North York Moors all offer fantastic scenic walks. The historic town of Whitby is just 5 minutes' drive away. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Raithwaite Hall Hotel Whitby