The Black Swan overlooks the town square of a beautiful North Yorks Moor country town. The front is most attractive and inside the rooms wander and interlink in a rather higgledy piggledy way, betraying the age of the inn and the fact that it seems to have been built up from three distinct adjacent buildings. The bedrooms are small but quiet and cosy. The public rooms are great. Small low-ceilinged rooms, some with open fires crackling in the corner or on one side.
The dining rooms interlink and there is a separate room which was ideal for the party of sixteen with which I was travelling. The evening meal was simply superb. Great food served by a team who cared about it as well. Breakfast was OK but not quite up to the evening meal. You can walk out of the hotel and find beauty all around you. I went for an early morning stroll and when I returned at 7 am the fires were being lit and the hotel was beginning to "breathe". It is not a five star hotel in the sense of a great city hotel. This is a country hotel in a small market town. It must, in my judgement, be compared with others of its ilk. As such I rate it five stars and we will be going back to further explore the North Yorks Moors National Park
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located in one of Yorkshire's prettiest market towns, The Black Swan in Helmsley is a superb historic inn, turned boutique hotel. Dating back to the C15th the hotel, rich in history and charm, blends antiques with classic contemporary design creating the perfect place for a relaxing break. With its own 3 AA rosette restaurant and award winning tearoom, The Black Swan Hotel provides the perfect backdrop for a romantic getaway and a chance to escape the everyday stresses and strains. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Black Swan Helmsley
- Black Swan Hotel
- The Black Swan Hotel Helmsley, Yorkshire