British Breaks - Yorebridge House
The Cheshire Magazine team took a couple of days away for some much needed R&R across some of the most alluring hotels in the UK
Hayley Murray goes back to school in the Dales
Amongst the hills of the Dales stands a hidden gem the stunning 5 star luxury hotel. The Victorian grade 11 listed former headmasters schoolhouse is sat in 5 acres of idyllic grounds. Situated next to the River Ure and the river Bain. The historic building was restored in 2006 when David and Charlotte took inspiration from their world travels and incorporated exceptional one-off pieces of furniture to create a unique yet romantic feel throughout. Each boutique bedroom holds a relaxing slipper bath in an impeccable bathrooms and the Barn Rooms feature a hot tub.
My husband and I headed up to the dales on the 80-mile journey from Manchester. From the motorway there’s a beautiful 45 minute drive through the hills, offering plenty of time to enjoy the wonderful scenery. We made our way over to the unspoilt village of Bainbridge in the heart of Wensleydale. The perfect location for walks and activities close to the picturesque walks of the Aysgarth falls to Bolton Castle or the semerwater circular walk.
Upon arrival, we were greeted by the wonderfully pleasant owner Charlotte who gave us a tour and showed us to our exquisite room. The venue had a warm welcoming yet luxurious feel to it. It’s a family business Charlotte cares for with husband Dave and daughter Lola amongst the other welcoming and friendly staff. The venue has a small boutique feel, finished to the highest standard. With beautiful sitting rooms by the bar area where we sat for welcome pre-dinner drinks. It’s very clear why the hotel has received 5 AA gold star awards as well as 3 AA Rosette menu. The hotel has actually received many awards including England’s small hotel of the year award, the white rose small hotel of the year award and restaurant of the year award. We asked to show us down to the wine cellar where we went down the beautiful traditional stairs and into a fabulous stone cave. We then entered the most incredible exclusive Laurent Perrier tasting room. The hotel is in partnership with Laurent Perrier, with hundreds of bottles of port, Champagne and wine from all over the world- it was certainly impressive. An exclusive feature with seating at the marble table for 10 guests under the sparkling chandeliers it’s certainly perfect for a special occasion.
We then went on to pre-dinner drinks and an exquisite meal. The drinks menu included over 35 white wines, 35 red wines, a selection of Laurent Perrier Champagnes and other fine and rare Champagnes. The cocktail list is also impressive with Laurent Perrier cocktails as well as my usual favourites of ameretto sours and espresso martinis. Certainly plenty to chose from whatever your mood.
The food was delicious starting with the canapes offered before even entering the restaurant. Our first course was onion broth and homemade bread rolls. This was followed by a 62 degree duck egg with chorizo and broad bean. The food was certainly 5 star, incredibly impressive. For my main, I had Goosnargh Duck with Beetroot and Blueberry which was tender and perfectly cooked served with a Pinot Noir, Grace Bridge, Central Valley It was delicious. Pudding was delightful with a Yuzu curd very light and tasty. With a great view of the chef’s from the whole restaurant, you can see your food being prepared very efficiently with Head Chef Daniel Shotton ensuring the menu is first class. The ingredients are all sourced by local suppliers, or from the garden in the grounds. They even have their own bees for honey which can be sampled at breakfast.
We will certainly be going back to visit. such a relaxing and enjoyable stay. They also have plans to build a new Laurent Perrier apartment with an infinity pool and a helipad which is one to look out for.
Bainbridge, North Yorkshire Dales, DL8 3EE
t: +44 (0)1969 652060 e: email@example.com w: yorebridgehouse.co.uk
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