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“Lovely peaceful location”
4 of 5 bubbles Review of Dunsley Hall

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Dunsley Hall
Ranked #4 of 20 Hotels in Whitby
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“Lovely peaceful location”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 August 2011

I stayed at the Dunsley Hall with my partner for a mid week break. We were allocated a lovely room overlooking the gardens, although on the small side the room was very clean.
We ate in the hotel on the first night and had a really enjoyable meal, with canapes served on the terrace whilst we enjoyed pre- dinner drinks. I would recommend the hotel for anyone looking for a quiet country hotel break.

  • Stayed July 2011, travelled as a couple
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 July 2011

We had a lovely overnight stay. Great garden view room and spacious bathroom. Efficient and friendly staff. Would recommend this hotel.

  • Stayed July 2011, travelled as a couple
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Ayr, Scotland
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 July 2011

Firstly I looked at previous reviews and was amazed at the pettyness of some comments e.g. the kettle in the wrong place

Stayed overnight in room 19; quiet, clean, large modern bathroom with gels and creams; a good size room especially compared to City hotels.

We had dinner and breakfast and both excellent especially dinner; service was better than average for 'Country House' style places and the staff were attentive, helpful and friendly. The restaurant is a lovely rectangular room and not cramped.

I undeerstand it is not 4-star because there is no lift and they do not turn the bed down! Overall we thoroughly enjoyed our brief stay and would go back if in the area. It is only 3 star but much better than many higher rated hotels we have stayed in, particular the meals which were superb. We booked through booking.com and for £(( B&B we thought it was excellent value and did not consider the food and drinks to be expensive.

  • Stayed July 2011, travelled on business
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Yorkshire
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 June 2011

My wife and I stayed at Dunsley Hall for 3 nights in June 2011. We were greeted by friendly staff who showed us to our room (Number 3) rather than simply giving directions. We were invited to take tea/coffee in the lounge after settling in ,which we did. Our room was very large and well furnished with all items in excellent condition and the room, like all the public areas we used was immaculately maintained and cleaned. The en suite was modern and spotless. The lounge is a beautiful oak-panelled room which opens out to a lovely garden-side terrace where drinks can be taken when the weather is fine. All the staff seemed friendly and helpful and actually seemed to work as a team (a rarity these days). Because of its construction, the hotel has no lift but help is available for luggage, but if informed at time of booking they will make all effort to allocate a ground floor room if necessary. We had pre-dinner drinks in the bar (another oak panelled room, with luxurious leather easy chairs), and our Dinner orders were taken there, and complementary pre-dinner chilled canapes served. Both the main dining room and the “Oak Room” are wonderful dining areas, the former with views of the bird feeders in the well maintained gardens. The tables are beautifully set out and the atmosphere in both rooms highly conducive to a good dining experience. We found no pretentiousness at all; merely friendly and efficient service. The kitchen and serving staff have a working system that ensures short waiting times and efficient clearing of tables.
So now to the all important food. Breakfasts are a feast. A self service table caters for fruit juices, fresh fruit salads, cereals, croissants, yoghurts, and the like. Cooked breakfast include all the obvious choices with the “top” meal being a full English, including eggs (from their own hens), bacon, sausage, black pudding, mushrooms, tomatoes etc. The food is local, fresh, tasty and cooked to your requirements. Racks of toast with butter and jam/marmalade are liberally supplied as is tea/coffee.
Despite the undoubted excellent quality of the breakfast, the highlight of Dunsley cuisine is dinner.
The ingredients are usually locally sourced and of high quality. The dishes are simple, to bring out the flavours of the ingredients (not swamped with unnecessary sauces), and are cooked to perfection. Equal care appears to be applied to all components of the meal (the seasonal vegetables, served as a side dish were all cooked separately and each perfectly done; sweet Chantennay carrots, green beans with a “squeak” on the tooth, and firm yet tender asparagus). As main course throughout the stay we had, duck, guinea fowl, chicken, beef fillet, sea bass and gnocchi. All dishes were close to perfect, with just enough “jus” or other accompaniment, the bring out the flavour of the main ingredient. A lovely touch is the complimentary “amuse bouch” (an example being tomato and orange soup) served prior to the starter, and the palate-cleansing sorbet, served between starter and main. Desserts were not mass produced, as so often happens, but again obviously lovingly prepared in the kitchen, and included such delights as Eton mess, Creme brulee, and for me, the gem; bitter dark chocolate tart. So was this really “exorbitant” as one reviewer suggested? By no means. The price compares favourably with any high quality restaurant anywhere in the country, and is a brilliant deal compared to restaurants in major UK cities, (probably even Manhattan!). Prices for wine also are “par for the course” in a restaurant, but for each category of wine on the list at least one, was at the price set for the house wines, (£15.95 at time of writing).
In summary, a delightful hotel in an impressive building, surrounded by well tended grounds superb views, excellent cuisine run by attentive, friendly and efficient staff; what's not to like?

  • Stayed June 2011, travelled as a couple
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Wakefield, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 June 2011

Spent a romantic weekend with my husband and loved every minute of it. Excellent location, sea views, so much to do around (Whitby, beaches, York Moors etc.). The hotel is definitely 4star in all aspects. Ambience, service was second to none, food fantastic, real fine dining experience with hints of genius (wild mushrooms, creme brulee). Could not recommend enough. We will be coming back.

  • Stayed June 2011, travelled as a couple
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York, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 May 2011

We had to cancel our initial booking at quite short notice and the reception staff were very accommodating, placing our deposit into a holding account until we were able to re-book. We rebooked shortly after and, again, found the staff pleasant and easy to deal with. Our room was lovely, very in keeping with the style of Dunsley Hall. If you are after sleek and elegant decoration, then this is probably not the place for you. It is a little more country and chintzy but we found this charming. It is a very relaxing environment - the bar and lounge were particularly nice places to enjoy a coffee/ drink. I don't think some of the comments left by other reviewers around the price of drinks were very fair - £15 for a good quality bottle of house wine is not out of step with competitors. The food on offer at Dunsley Hall really is excellent and the attention to detail is refreshing - the amuse bouche and the palate cleansing sorbet worked really well. The breakfast is also good quality.

On the negative side, the room (whilst lovely) was too hot and the hotel does not have all the mod-cons that you would expect (i.e. free-view, mini-bar, fridge). You can see that some areas need a little updating but I believe the hotel has this in hand.

Overall, we had a lovely stay - in no small part down to the staff and the food.

  • Stayed May 2011, travelled as a couple
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Leeds, England
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 May 2011

We were lucky enough to get a deal for dinner, bed and breakfast at this hotel that was incredibly good value. I have nothing bad to say about our stay whatsoever.

The room (room 2) was a very large ground floor room which was near reception and the lounge, and was very good. 2 sets of wardrobes, lovely bathroom with shower, absolutely huge bed, dressing table area, seating area near the very large windows, 40inch flat screen tv on the wall (we didn't use this so I can't comment on what channels there were), original period features aplenty. The room overlooked a small courtyard garden and then fields beyond. We slept very well indeed and were awoken only by the sound of birdsong.

The food - where to begin! First, breakfast was very good. There was a combination of buffet selection of pastries, yoghurts, juices etc, and an a la carte menu. Everything we ate for breakfast over the 2 days - full Yorkshire breakast, and smoked haddock and poached egg - was delicious.

The food at dinner was outstanding. Fine dining style, everything perfectly cooked. We were on a fixed price menu and didn't feel short changed in any way in comparison to the guests ordering from the a la carte. We were very happy with the food. Canapes were served to us in the bar with our pre dinner drinks which was a nice touch, and dinner included an amuse bouche and a mid-course sorbet. Coffee came with petit-fours.

The waiting and bar staff were exemplary - they all appeared to hit the right note between professionalism and friendliness, as in fact all the staff that we met in the hotel did. My husband got stuck at work and was unable to make dinner the first night. The kitchen made him up a sandwich for his very late arrival which was very welcome indeed, and which they didn't need to do, and shows the level of service.

The only thing I would change would be to get boosters for the free wi-fi as we had no reception in our room and the mobile phone signal is pretty low up there. Although if you want to get away from it all this would clearly be a positive!

All in all, we were really impressed with our stay and would definitely return in the future.

  • Stayed May 2011, travelled as a couple
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Property: Dunsley Hall
Address: Dunsley Hall Dunsley Lane, Whitby YO21 3TL, England
Region: United Kingdom > England > Yorkshire > North Yorkshire > Scarborough District > Whitby
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#3 On the Beach Hotel in Whitby
#3 Family Hotel in Whitby
#4 Romantic Hotel in Whitby
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3 star — Dunsley Hall 3*
Number of rooms: 25
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Once home to a Victorian shipping magnate, Dunsley Hall is a hidden gem that offers all the comforts you expect of a modern hotel. All en-suite rooms are individually furnished with tea & coffee making facilities, flat screen TVs and there is Free Wi-Fi throughout the hotel. The restaurant has rosette awards for food and service and there are many interesting and attractive features. These include an original stained glass window an Inglenook fireplace in the guest lounge. The hotel is set in four acres of landscaped grounds which include tennis court, putting and croquet. Just three miles north of the famous coastal fishing town of Whitby where you can visit many attractions including Whitby Abbey (where the date for Easter was decided), the Captain Cook Memorial Museum, see Whitby Jet being turned into attractive jewellery and Whitby is also the setting for Bram Stoker's Dracula novels. Unspoilt Sandsend Beach is just one mile from the hotel. ... more   less 
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