We stayed here for two nights at half term and had a very comfortable stay in one of the deluxe rooms which was very spacious, with antique furniture and a superb view. Although we got the room at a slightly reduced rate as it was quite a late booking, so shouldn’t really find fault, we didn’t expect at that price to find that the wallpaper was a little grubby in places, no box of tissues and the kettle needed to be put on the floor to be plugged in, and it would have been nice to have had some real plants rather than the plastic/silk ones with which the hotel was filled, from ‘rubber plants’ to imitation specimen orchids in pots which required special stands – really naff! Also, having one long bolster is never convenient – who on earth prefers those to a couple of pillows? Fortunately, there were plenty of cushions to supplement the lack of more pillows.
We ate in the Orangery the first night (my meal was good, his was OK) then the second night, in the restaurant where the food was delicious, the service friendly, music good etc (the music in the bar got stuck on the same track for about an hour!) The cooked breakfast was great; there was also cereal and fruit, although as I’m not keen on having the two together, I would have welcomed some yogurt with my fruit.
As my partner had a broken bone and the weather was appalling, we stayed indoors and lazed around and the lounge was a very comfortable place to do this in although it was rather chilly, in fact the whole place could have done with being a bit warmer. We wanted to order some tea mid-afternoon having not needed any lunch after such a substantial breakfast, and asked at reception, only to be sent to the bar where they were busy with a delivery, so they sent us back to reception! Not a big problem, but even at the reduced price we were expecting perfect luxury, so it was a little disappointing.
I would recommend staying here as it is such a great getaway, but I’m not sure the top priced rooms are worth quite as much as they charge for them, given the various factors mentioned above.
- 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