Earlier this month Wayne and I headed to the lush, rolling countryside of the Yorkshire Dales for a short break. The trip away was my main gift for Wayne’s 30th birthday (which was in April) but we kept it on hold for June as we had quite a few things going on earlier in the year and it gave us something to look forward to. Plus we gambled on the weather being that bit nicer in June and happily lucked out on our break falling at the start of a mini heatwave. Pass the suncream!
Anyway, I took Wayne to Yorebridge House which is a small luxury boutique hotel on the River Ure on the edge of the unspoilt village of Bainbridge. It’s a bit pricey but if you’re looking for amazing food (we’re talking a seven-course meal which was the best of my life), well-appointed rooms and places to relax, then it’s for you.
We stayed in the Rangali or ‘Maldives’ room. There are just 12 rooms and each one is individual in its style and decor. I picked this one for two reasons – it reminded me of the place we stayed at on our honeymoon and there was a private HOT TUB.
Here’s some photos of our room before we unpacked and messed it up with our stuff.
Oh and the hot tub? Here it is:
The hot tub was a big hit, although I could only really stay in for a few minutes at a time/just dip my feet in with having a baby on board. It was so nice to be able to relax outside in our own private area in the sunshine.
The communal lounge and bar areas of the hotel are decorated in a relaxed, contemporary style. Think soft muted greys and browns with splashes of light green.
We played a bit of mega dominos before our evening meal then moved to a room overlooking the grounds for a drink before we ate.
I booked the dinner, bed and breakfast package and I’m really glad I did was the food was outstanding. I thought it was going to be a three course meal after looking at the menu, but oh no, how wrong I was. We’re talking seven, yes SEVEN courses. I’ll let the photos do the talking as they can paint a picture better than my words ever would be able to.
- Canapes: Black pudding in crackling crumbs, goats cheese wrapped in parma ham and a smoked salmon stack
- Amuse-bouche: Creamy onion thing (the name of which I’ve forgotten) served with sunblush tomato bread and an individual mini loaf.
- Starter: Salmon Ballotine with heritage beetroot, watercress and horseradish
- Main: Belly Pork with apple, rainbow chard and pied de bleus
- Pre-dessert: Lemon Posset with shortbread.
- Dessert: Apricot Parfait with roasted apricots and almonds
- Coffee and treats: A handmade mini ‘feast’ ice lolly with popping candy, a salted caramel cup and a passion fruit pastille.
Talk about stuffed!
Saying that, the food didn’t stop there. The next morning we were still able to pile into breakfast. I really enjoyed this too, and the restaurant is nice, bright and airy.
Things to do in the area:
It might look like all we did was eat, hot tub and sleep (which isn’t too far off to be honest) but we did have time to check out a couple of sights in the local area.
Before we checked in we headed to the Wensleydale Creamery in Hawes. If you love cheese, this is the place for you, as there are tens of samples to try and lots of cheese to buy.
On the way home we headed to Aysgarth Falls, made famous by this scene from Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves.
So there you go! I hope you enjoyed seeing my photos from our trip to the Yorkshire Dales and stay at Yorebridge House. I’m hoping that Wayne and I will go back one day in a few years, maybe for my next big birthday milestone!
Have you been to the Dales before and if so where are your top places to visit?
Lots of Yorkshire love,