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“Most memorable evening for a long time.”
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Raithwaite Estate
Ranked #2 of 19 Hotels in Whitby
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 29 January 2014

Very rarely can you experience something completely fault free but to our delight we have just had just done so and it was one of the most memorable evenings for a long time. The hotel itself was warm, inviting and comfortable. The meal was excellent. The four of us all chose something different for every course but without exception we were all very, very pleased with what we had. It is rarity that all can be in complete agreement. And finally, a big 'thank you' to Rob and Jason, two of the very highly trained staff who helped to make our evening so special.

Stayed: January 2014, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 27 January 2014 via mobile

Have stayed here three times and it's always been a pleasure. Exceptionally friendly and helpful staff; very comfortable and well maintained; great breakfast; and an ideal place from which to visit the beautiful east coast of Yorkshire.

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Reviewed 27 January 2014

We spent the weekend of 17th January at Raithwaite Hall in the company of friends who recommended this excellent hotel, this being their third visit. This really is the jewel of the North Yorkshire coast offering luxurious accomodation amidst beautifully maintained gardens in a lovely location. Our rooms (no.s 102 & 103) were nicely appointed overlooking the gardens. The reception, bar and restaruant staff all offered friendly efficient service without exception. An excellent breakfast was served in the conservatory. This could either ordered from the menu or self service from an extensive buffet of hot and cold quality local produce. We did not have dinner in the restuarant due to other commitments but we heard very favourable comments from other guests. All things considered Raithwaite is certainly a hotel to rave about!

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Reviewed 27 January 2014

Have stayed here several times and our latest visit in early January was just like all the others,
Superb!
The location, facilities, rooms, food and most of all the staff are all first class and we cant wait
for our next visit.

GB Hoylandswaine.

Room Tip: We prefer to stay in the main hall as this is more convenient for the pool etc.
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  • Stayed: December 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 27 January 2014

Have stayed at Raithwaite Hall on more than one occasion and have found the amenities and service to be faultless. The breakfast is one of the best I have experienced anywhere and really appreciate the chef on hand to cook eggs /omelettes. Dinner is very much a picture on a plate and you could well still be hungry at the end. As seems to be common now the dinner menu does not change often so if you are staying more than one or two nights you could get a bit stuck. Our room was delightful and the bed very comfortable. The situation of the hotel is great, with a lovely garden. Sandsend itself is a short walk away and Whitby less the a ten minute drive.

  • Stayed: January 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 26 January 2014

Sandsend, Whitby's little neighbour, used to be the quiet seaside place where our children could play boisterous cricket on the huge beach without offending anyone. Since then it has become Yorkshire's niche resort. It now boasts a beautiful country house hotel in an idyllic setting. Hidden in a wooded valley surrounded by pines, gorse and rhododendrons, Raithwaite Hall is an oasis of tranquillity. Cheerful staff greet you warmly and conduct you to your delightful room which has every amenity, including robes and slippers. You look out on the terraced gardens and listen to the tinkling brook that wends its way past your window. And peace envelops you. There is a spa with a large indoor pool and jacuzzi. And, if you still aren't relaxed enough you can have a soothing massage. And if you are too relaxed, there's a lovely two mile walk along the cliffs into Whitby, a much shorter walk into Sandsend (which boasts one pub, one smart restaurant and an upmarket wine bar) or a nearby golf links.

Breakfast is a delight, served in an airy conservatory. Whitby kippers, rhubarb compote and homemade muesli are the star attractions as well as standard breakfast elements. It is hard not to keep eating and eating.

If you plan to dine in the hotel, a good breakfast is essential... because you won't get much for dinner! The dinner menu sounds delightful, though there are a few clang combinations that might suggest the chef has more enthusiasm than taste. The dining room is elegant, though a little cold (both in decor and temperature). Service is pleasant, but not knowledgeable. But the food is lacking in both flavour and quantity. My wife's soup, served by being poured from a little milk jug, barely covered the bottom of the plate. Restaurants often serve bread rolls that have been baked from chilled, but they should be proved before baking, and then baked for long enough to make them crusty. Otherwise you get dense, soft, flavourless rolls with a shell rather than a crust... as was the case here. My starter of 'goat’s cheese custard' consisted of a single ping pong ball of cheese in the middle of a vast slate. It had a consistency closer to Polyfilla than custard. It tasted of nothing, lacking the sharpness of a goat’s cheese. Our main course sea bream consisted of a very small thin fillet that had been pan-fried sufficiently for the surface to be browned, but the centre undercooked. Perhaps it had been cooked straight from the fridge. The 'baby chard' was actually samphire, though no worse for that. The dish looked lovely; the quantity of food would have been small in Mayfair. But this is Yorkshire!

Overall, our stay at Raithwaite Hall has been delightful. But our evening meal was a great disappointment. How can a kitchen that produces such a lovely breakfast fail so comprehensively at dinner?

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Reviewed 25 January 2014

I've stayed here before in the keep but this time I stayed in the main hotel so;
Staff as usual were very friendly, professional and attentive. Stayed in room 104 which was a good size, huge shower which was excellent and the comfiest bed I've slept in for ages. The breakfast was excellent. As usual the pool/gym area was clean and I find it great to unwind in the pool after a long day. The staff couldn't do more to assist me, I'm beginning to use this hotel more and more when I'm in the area as I can't find fault. The location is also good, 10-15 minutes walk and I'm in whitby centre, the views from the end of the drive are breathtaking.

  • Stayed: December 2013, travelled on business
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Additional Information about Raithwaite Estate

Address: Sandsend Road, Whitby YO21 3SR, England
Region: United Kingdom > England > Yorkshire > North Yorkshire > Scarborough District > Whitby
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Romantic Hotel in Whitby
#1 Luxury Hotel in Whitby
#1 On the Beach Hotel in Whitby
Price Range: £97 - £217 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Raithwaite Estate 4*
Number of rooms: 73
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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