The best way to immerse yourself in Castling is to also be able to stay in a real castle hotel when you explore, especially around the English countryside. One of the best and perhaps most authentic is Hazlewood Castle Hotel which is situated nearby to both Leeds and York in Yorkshire. It is located off the A64 east of the A1 Leeds/York intersection and the prices are unbelievably reasonable as castle hotels go.
The restored 13th century facade has ambience, outstanding cuisine in their restaurant (Restaurant Anise) and is also a cookery school. The areas for private dining include the Old Dining Room and State Drawing Rooms and is run by John Benson-Smith, formerly a masterchef judge.
Accomodation provision includes twenty one beds in beautifully and authentically decorated rooms. There is also provision for private and corporate events and lots of activities such as golf and clay pigeon shooting. Take a look at the photos in the North Yorkshire album and then you can e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org to find out more info. At their web site I recommend checking out the history for the castle as it is amazingly rich and fascinating!
Holdsworth House, which is a retreat three miles north of Halifax in Holmfield was acquired by the Pearson family over 35 years ago. Much work has gone into making this hotel up to real quality and massive charm! The interior has polished panelling, open fireplaces and furnished with only the best antique furniture and embellishments. If you look at the interior shot of Holdsworth in the West Yorkshire album you’ll see the restaurant comprises three beautifully furnished rooms~ ideal for private dinner parties. English and continental cuisine is presented on the menus along with an expertly compiled wine list. This restuarant has two AA Rosettes and Head Chef , Neal Birtwell, constantly strive to attain a third. This is a perfect base to explore Haworth House (the Brontee home), Shibden Hall, Longley Old Hall and Bolling Hall. Call or write for detailed instructions on how to arrive there. T- 01422 240024 email@example.com
Only fifteen miles west of York, the elegant Georgian country house, Wood Hall , is seated in one hundred acres of a genuinely sumptuous estate now owned by Hand Picked Hotels and is one of seventeen bought by Guy and Julia Hands. They purchased Wood Hall in 1999 and made an already world class hotel, originally built in 1750 as a summer retreat for the Vavasour family, into a resplendant resort.
Just outside Wetherby, with Harewood House closeby, you can get there easily by taking the A661 towards Harrogate, turn for Sicklinghall and Linton, then left for Linton and Wood Hall. Turn right opposite the Windmill pub and the hotel is 1 1/2 miles further on from there. When you drive onto the private road that winds through its parkland your eyes will rest on a huge estate overlooking the River Wharfe which teems with trout and barbel, miles of walks and jogging paths encompassing the estate. The amenities include a swimming pool, spa, a full gym, salon and more.
The entrance interior and bedroom (they have 44 bedrooms all equipped with flat screen TVs, and DVD/CD players) will make you feel like somebody died and made you King or Queen !
The Castle Lady directing you to the best in service ! I’ll supply the kiss !
You can see more photos by looking in the West and North Yorkshire photo albums !