My wife and I stayed here with a group of friends for a weekend.
First the good things.The hotel is a lovely building in a beautiful situation. The staff are friendly and helpful. The bedroom was large and characterful with a lovely four poster bed. The bar is attractive and uncrowded.
Unfortunately, there are some things that are not right. The dinner menu is unexciting and the food very average. I was served an inedible dried up steak (later replaced by a better cooked but tiny one). Starters and puddings (and some special main course choices) more suited to a bar menu than fine dining in a plush dining room. We were served a sweet fruit sorbet between courses. Haven't had one of those since the 80's. In fact the dining experience was very 1980's with loads of steamed vegetables on small trays.
Breakfast was better with freshly cooked bacon, etc
The other major disappointment was the absence of hot water between 6 and 7 pm. After a freezing walk , we really wanted a hot soak, but it was not to be. This is really unacceptable in a hotel of this standard (or indeed any standard).Tried to watch the TV (tiny and cheap) but due to byzantine complexity of the 2 remote control handpieces took ages to the channels, and then, no BBC1.
Bathroom clean, but again, circa 1980 fitments. Disappointed to find several cracked tiles and wonky loo seat,
All in all, a mixed experience and we would be unlikely to return especially at over £200 per night
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Simonstone Hall, once home to Lord and Lady Wharncliff is set at the foot of Stags Fell with breathtaking Views over Upper Wensleydale, the River Ure and the foothills of the Pennine range. This magnificent country house, is privately owned and has been carefully restored, whilst preserving the historic character of the beautiful building. Standing in it's own splendid grounds, the view from the front of the hotel is surely one of the most stunning in the country and can e enjoyed from serveral of the bedrooms also.Simonstone Hall is the ultimate tranquil retreat; it's atmosphere exudes comfort and finery in equal measures. From the moment you arrive you feel welcomed and indulged. A grand staircase leads to the second floor where a selection of elegant hotel bedrooms can be found.Relaxing lounges with log fires provide the perfect haven to relax and unwind. With spectacular views from both the Brasserie and Four Fells restaurant, it's the perfect place to enjoy a relaxed or intimate dinner. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Simonstone Hall Country Hotel
- Simonstone Hall Country Hawes
- Simonstone Hall Country House Hotel Hawes, Yorkshire