A few months ago I was contacted by the owner of Ox Pasture Hall Hotel which is set in 17 acres of North Yorkshire countryside to see if I would be interested in writing a review of the hotel. As soon as I clicked on the link to the hotel’s website the answer was yes!
Named as one of the most romantic hotels in Yorkshire and as I had been to New York this year without my better half I though it was about time the wife was treated. So we packed our bags and made the 271 mile trip from Kent to ‘up north….’
As we pulled into the drive way of Ox Pasture Hall Hotel the first thing we saw were horses and sheep. I already felt miles away from the drudgery of my daily commute to London. My first impression upon arriving is that it was everything I want from a weekend away. The hotel was covered in greenery and their theme colour of ‘Vintage Green’ was painted on doors and window frames; it really added a touch of country chic (it also made me want to paint my kitchen the same colour as it was so calming).
We were welcomed by two staff members who were smiling, helpful and ready to serve. They helped the wife and I with our bags and made us feel very welcome. We saw the same staff all weekend and I’m someone who likes that when I go away. They were extremely attentive and friendly and were happy to answer any of our questions. I have to say the customer service was excellent; no matter how beautiful a place there is nothing worse than disinterested or even worse, rude staff. The staff at the hotel is one of it’s biggest assets, and believe me I am a stickler for good customer service!
As we were led to our room I could tell the wife was really happy. Her face was a picture as we entered the room; we were put in a Honeymoon Suite which was enormous and with a bathroom to die for:
The suite included living area with a sofa which I later watched two movies on very happily and a very, very large bed. I was ready to move in. It also had two TVs, so if you’re as romantic as the wife and I you could each watch what you wanted in different rooms! Loved it. And of course there was a perfect view of the sheep outside.
Upon asking we were told that the room was part of a refurbishment project which had been done in the last year. It really added something special to the hotel.
Soon it was time for Afternoon Tea. Well I wasn’t going to say no!
We could sit where we wanted so I choice the spot near the open fire place; a perfect setting for afternoon tea in the middle of the Yorkshire countryside in winter. Needless to say, following the long drive we were ready to eat our fill of cake. We were treated to a selection of sandwiches, beef, salmon and cucumber (what cream tea would be complete without them!). These were accompanied by warm fruit scones served with a selection of jams and cream. As if that wasn’t enough there were also a selection of cakes including pistachio and chocolate, lemon cheesecake, miniature lemon tarts and a local speciality of ginger cake; all washed down with the perfect Yorkshire brew. Needless to say we ate our fill, and a bit more besides.
After all that food we needed a walk and so took the opportunity to check out the grounds of the hotel , the scenery made a perfect backdrop for some blog pictures. Imagine what it would be like to have a wedding there! The endless fields, table areas to sit and reflex at and no sound apart from the sheep. Mrs Fox was doing country!
I had a little nose in the wedding barn (as you know I like anything wedding related). It was set up ready for a wedding and even with all the tables out it was a good size, plenty of room for a large wedding party. It had high ceiling and a great view of the Yorkshire countryside. I liked that the bar was in the same room as I’m not a fan of weddings being in more than one space as it can temp people away from the dance floor; so this was perfect. With the option to hire the whole hotel so you can have privacy on your special day (like the wife and I did at our venue). I can see why people would choose Ox Pasture Hall for their special day. Plus as a guest of a wedding you can stay in one of the nice rooms!
With the hotel only being 10 minutes away from the seaside town of Scarborough we took a small drive. It was cold by the sea front but it was very romantic and we love going to the seaside in the winter as we did after our wedding a few years ago. We found an antique shop in Scarborough, an art and craft fair and lots of charity shops.
After the sea air we relaxed in our room; the wife had a long sleep after the drive and I got in the Christmas mood by watching rubbish Christmas movies with a few cups of Yorkshire tea and I have to say I am now officially a Yorkshire tea convert!
Courtesy of the hotel we had a nice three course meal which started with a relaxing drink of fizz by the fire. We didn’t feel hurried and the staff were friendly once again.
Hanging out in the hotel room was the perfect Saturday night for the wife and I and I could have stayed for a week just relaxing, playing board games and going on few walks (not too many as I am a city girl after all!). There were access to all number of parks nearby.
We slept like a dream in the large bed and even though I was well fed on Saturday I managed to eat the Full Yorkshire fry up in the morning while sitting at the best table in the restaurant over looking the front of the hotel.
Before we knew it we were driving on the country roads ready to join the motorway. Good bye Scarborough,
It may have only been one night away but it felt a lot longer. The wife said it made her see how we hadn’t really been away much this year together and already has ideas of travelling the UK more in 2015. One thing’s for sure we will be going back Ox Pasture Hall as it’s in a great location, surrounded by beautiful county but only ten minutes from Scarborough, and with Whitby only a thirty minute drive away. We really did love the room. I would recommend it for a nice long weekend to spend time with a loved one away from the real world and switching off.
Thank you to Ox Pasture for a wonderful stay. Just what the wife and I needed.
All photos are courtesy of the hotel.
Have you been to Ox Pasture Hall? Planning a romantic trip away soon?