So I'm not Lord Feversham.........but staying here isn't a bad substitute. Actually this was our second visit: the first was the result of a competiton prize, thereby preventing a review as we weren't paying. However it did give us the confidence not to be unduly influenced by some of the more negative comments recently posted. So in we go, to be immediately given a room upgrade by miss smiley receptionist......yes, this has been remarked upon in other reviews but it gives you an instant feelgood factor nevertheless. And from the room you could see the pool: where better to spend some time before dinner in the unseasonal heat of late March. If that wasn't enough, the attentive but never over-solicitous service brought forth any refreshment you could possibly desire......in my case Timothy Taylor's Landlord, contentment by the pint.
Dragging ourselves away, we managed to present ourselves in time for dinner: excellent food, wine & service........enquiries as to the nature of some of the more unfamiliar offerings were met with knowledge & enthusiasm. Peaceful sleep in our large comfortable bed guaranteted.
Breakfast one of those relaxing affairs that sets you up for the day.....and that after the complimentary tea/coffee & newspaper brought to your room earlier. Not being a connoisseur of the Spa culture myself, I rely on my wife to tell me that the treatment she had booked that morning left nothing to be desired and she felt completely reinvigorated......so much so that I was subsequently force-marched to Rievaulx Abbey & back that afternoon. At least we returned in time for more poolside indulgence.
We had the tasting menu that evening, along with the very well-chosen wines by the glass: try as I might I couldn't find anything to criticise.
And now for the downside: the following morning we had to leave. But we'll be back.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Nestled in a picturesque market town by the beautiful North Yorkshire Moors, this elegant Hotel boasts superb dining, full spa facilities, a heated outdoor swimming pool and free Wi-Fi. Surrounded by glorious countryside, this wonderfully secluded retreat is a haven of laid-back luxury and indulgent relaxation. Famous for its welcoming hospitality, it blends the traditional comforts of its Victorian heritage with an irresistible boutique design. Beautiful, peaceful and thoroughly unique, one visit is simply not enough. Guests can choose from a range of 33 individually designed en-suite bedrooms and suites each with their own unique decor, style and character. Cosy and intimately homely, they all feature Egyptian cotton sheets, soft exquisite duck down duvets (or cotton blankets), free Wi-Fi access, flat-screen TV, DVD player, luxurious Anne Semonin toiletries, hairdryer and tea and coffee making facilities. There are accommodation options to suit all purposes, including Small and Classic Doubles, Junior and Deluxe Suites and, for the ultimate indulgence, Luxury Poolside and Spa Suites. Superb food plays a big part in life at Feversham. Here diners can enjoy classically inspired dishes from a menu that draws heavily from fresh local ingredients such as rich Yorkshire game and tasty North Sea fish. It's also home to one of the most talked about cheese trolleys in Yorkshire, traditional afternoon tea in their cosy fireside lounge and an impeccably well-stocked cellar. Throughout the warmer months, dishes can be served poolside on the terrace and gardens. The hotel's award-winning Verbena Spa offers an idyllic haven from the pressures of everyday life. Here guests can kick back, relax and immerse themselves in luxurious indulgence. They offer a range of treatments from manicures, facials and massages through to full spa day experiences. Revitalise and enjoy their famous heat experience with saunarium, aromatherapy room, salt vapour room, monsoon shower, ice cave, foot spa, outdoor heated pool and hot tub. The Hotel is situated in the North Yorkshire town of Helmsley just off the A170. Complimentary on-site parking is available. The city of York is just a 40 minute drive away and it offers excellent transport links to the rest of the country. There is also a local train station at Thirsk, a 25 minute taxi ride away. For those flying in, Leeds Bradford International Airport is about an hour's drive from the Hotel. Beautifully located in the depths of the stunning North Yorkshire Moors the Hotel is the perfect place from which to explore this remarkable area. Yorkshire is renowned as a place of distinct yet diverse appeal, from the majestic Castle Howard to the Gothic seaside town of Whitby, the ruins of Rievaux and Bylands Abbey to luxury designer shopping, Michelin starred restaurants to quaint marketplace tea rooms, there is truly something for everyone. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Feversham Arms Hotel & Verbena Helmsley
- Feversham Arms Hotel And Verbena Spa
- Feversham Arms Helmsley