The recent Mother’s Day weekend was a brilliant excuse to have a family gathering at a gorgeous hotel.
Raithwaite Hall near Whitby ticked all our boxes, plus many, many more.
It’s not really what you expect of quaint little Sandsend, on the edge of the North Yorkshire Moors National Park, a glamorous 45 bedroom hotel, a host of luxury self-catering cottages, a swimming pool and spa, but hidden up a wooded drive off the Whitby Road, Raithwaite Hall, a 19th century, former ship-owners mansion provided us this and more.
Raithwaite Hall offers five star service right from the moment you arrive, from the friendly welcome at reception to the warm yet not imposing manner in which you’re shown to your room.
Our room in the main hall overlooked the gardens, was large and spacious with huge comfortable beds and a modern classy bathroom complete with Aromatherapy Associates products. It was a very quiet and cosy environment to spend time in.
Our package included dinner in the main restaurant. Pre-dinner cocktails were served in the cosy bar.
This sparkling fruity cocktail was strawberry, dandelion and burdock and elderflower.
The food on offer shows off everything that is good about local produce in Yorkshire, whilst the service is attentive without being overbearing. I judge a restaurant by its bread and butter (I know, I know!) and I have very fond memories of the warm rolls that are carried out at Raithwaite Hall before you order your meal.
Breakfast revolved around a main buffet table and highlights included the cooked breakfast options (especially the creamy scrambled eggs and crispy bacon), and also made to order Eggs Florentine.
Or an omelette of your choice, plus pastries, and breads. Breakfast is a relaxed affair even though it’s served in the main restaurant, which takes on a more demure look through clever mood lighting in the evening.
Afternoon Tea in the conservatory was a perfect Mother’s Day experience.
In fact, the setting of the hotel is one of its highlights; the gardens need to be seen to be believed (we enjoyed having a stroll to work off a few of those calories) and there are also walking routes from the hotel itself all the way through to Whitby.
Nearby is my best kept secret – Runswick Bay – perfect for our morning walk along the beach and to blow away those winter cobwebs.
And of course Sandsend, with its long sandy beach and a view of Whitby Abbey on the horizon.
We could not leave without testing out the Spa – a soothing facial massage – Aromatherapy Associates Renewing – with rose oil.
Raithwaite Hall, one of the Small Luxury Hotels of the World, is one of the best hotels I’ve stayed in in the UK and since it’s only a two hour drive from my nest, I will definitely be returning at some point in the future!