You’ve heard of Pearls of the Orient and the Jewel in the Crown – well – Wrea Head Country Hotel is the Feather in Scarborough’s Cap.
I’ve lived in Scarborough for most of my life and have obviously been aware of the hotel, having driven, walked and ridden past it regularly for the last twenty or so years. However, like most people, I thought it was for residents only and would never have dreamt of just popping in for morning coffee! Oh – how wrong can a person be – and how many morning coffees have I missed out on as a result!
My love affair with the hotel really started at Christmas two years ago. We were looking for somewhere to go for Christmas lunch, not too far away from base camp, not too busy, not too modern and not too commercial. My sister tentatively suggested the Wrea Head Hotel in Scalby; amazingly, this was met with a lot of oohs and aahs from the rest of the family (always a good sigh) and the deed was therefore done. The rest, as they say, is history……
Wrea Head, if you don’t know it, is a glorious old building with mullion windows and lots of big chimneys – built in the days of yore when they really new how to impress. We approached around noon on Christmas day with( (it has to be said a certain amount of trepidation, but we shouldn’t have worried) up the long curved drive to the impressive front door. I’d pre-booked a little of the white stuff and the ground was sparkling, adding that extra soupçonne of festive atmosphere to the elegant surroundings – honestly – I think we all felt we’d walked straight into a Jane Austin novel – Mr Darcy (or look-a-like) at the door would have made it the best Christmas ever……….
We were welcomed by a lovely lady (Anne) and guided through to the conservatory overlooking the manicured lawns and from that moment until the time we left (fully sated and very merry) we were looked after and cosseted to the nth degree. The food was delish, the service faultless and the staff managed to maintain a level of courtesy and professionalism with just the right amount of festive cheer, all the more impressive when you think they had given up their own Christmas Day to make ours all the merrier (and that should not be taken for granted – it isn’t always the case – especially with the young!)). Needless to say, we did not hesitate in booking ourselves in the following Christmas – could the previous year be topped – of course it could!
Anyway, since that first Christmas, I’ve been a fairly regular visitor to Wrea Head Hotel (being on my doorstep -almost literally) for lunch and some well earned R&R with a friend from work. She has subsequently taken her family and has been spreading the word!
Some people cherish the chrome and clinical surroundings of modern interior design but – me – well I much prefer the charm, comfort and general ambience of a building steeped in HISTORY. If you’re looking for somewhere to relax and unwind – then step through the front door of the Wrea Head Country Hotel and shrug off the stresses and strains of every day life with your coat – I defy anyone to take the 21st Century with them past the reception desk. If you love oak panelling, huge mullion windows, glorious architraves and ceiling roses, not to mention the impressive collection of paintings and sketches – all topped off with panoramic views of the surrounding gardens and Raincliffe Woods – well you need go no further than this hotel.
Oh – and did I mention the fact that the food is truly scrumptious; personally, I would quite simply sell my soul for the lemon posset.
The manager, Anne (who it has to be said seems to run the hotel singe-handedly) and her staff are so welcoming and courteous and they actually smile (a lot). All very unusual in these modern times – this is a place where nothing is too much trouble and for once the punter doesn’t feel a total nuisance when requesting an extra glass of water!
Pop in for morning coffee or lunch on a Saturday – trust me - you won’t be disappointed.
What on earth am I doing –shooting myself in the foot possibly – do I want to encourage hoards of people into my little oasis of calm! Well – no – actually – but neither am I selfish enough to deprive the masses of this true gem of northern hospitality.
Seek and enjoy – just not when I’m booked in for lunch.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Offering truly breathtaking, uninterrupted views across the Yorkshire countryside that must seen to be believed, Wrea Head offers arguably on of the most beautiful setting of all Scarborough hotels. Surrounded by the endless scenery of England’s most beautiful county – from the heather filled Moors and scenic Dales to the spectacular Yorkshire heritage coastline – you can choose make your break as active, or relaxing, as you like. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Wrea Head Country Hotel
- Wrea Head Country Scarborough