What better way to recharge the batteries than a short break at Crathorne Hall Hotel, which is perfectly located to explore the stunning Yorkshire countryside.
From the wild scenery of the North York Moors to the beautiful tucked away villages and dramatic coastline, it is no surprise that Yorkshire is a popular weekend break destination. Here are just a few of Peter Llewellyn’s suggestions to help you make the most of your time.
Each of our 37 rooms at Crathorne Hall has its own character – as you will discover upon your arrival. Once you have unpacked your bags and settled in, why not enjoy a pre-dinner drink or two in the Nancy Tennant Bar, which is the original billiards room of the house, before heading to the old dining room. At the Levan Restaurant, you can choose from our à la carte or table d´hôtel menu, both of which feature traditional dishes served with a contemporary twist.
After a traditional hot breakfast – or one of our specialities such as grilled Whitby Kippers if that is more your thing (there’s also a delicious cold buffet to tempt you), grab some fresh air and head to the North York Moors dotted with ancient abbeys and picturesque villages. Alternatively, for those who fancy something a little more challenging a walk up Cleveland’s famous Roseberry Topping hill (otherwise known as ‘Yorkshire Matterhorn’) affords views that are just as beautiful.
Next, I would recommend you visit Northallerton, a vibrant and bustling market town packed full of quaint shops, cosy tearooms and traditional pubs before checking out the Brontë Parsonage Museum, in the charming village of Haworth. Once the home of the Brontë family it now holds the world's most comprehensive collection of Brontë manuscripts, letters and early editions. As part of the Brontë 200 programme which celebrated the bicentenaries of the births of Charlotte, Branwell, Emily and Anne, there is a series of events taking place.
As you head back to the hotel for dinner visit the Black Sheep Brewery in Masham en route, producers of Yorkshire’s much-loved cask, keg and bottled beers. Do not worry if you cannot spare the time however, as we stock some of their classic, seasonal and limited edition beers in our bar.
Having explored the tranquil and stunning North York countryside then it is only right you pay a visit to our unique stretch of coastline. From steep wooded valleys to towering cliffs, glorious sandy beaches to tiny fishing ports, one of the best ways to enjoy views is to walk along the cliff path, which forms part of the Cleveland Way National Trail. After that, you will have worked up an appetite for fish and chips in the historic seaside town of Whitby.