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“Country retreat near the seasde” 4 of 5 stars
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Dunsley Hall
Dunsley, Whitby YO21 3TL, England   |  
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Ranked #10 of 21 Hotels in Whitby
Wakefield UK
Senior Contributor
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24 hotel reviews
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14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
“Country retreat near the seasde”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2011

The hotel is a in a typical old mansion house that has been extended to provide additional accommodation. The room was comfortable and breakfast was very good, with full service of the main course from a menu selection.
Price point was quite high but this was probably due to supply and demand, most good accommodation was full when I was booking.

  • Stayed October 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Chichester
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12 reviews 12 reviews
5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2011

Sadly only one night. Super room (Room1) think we were upgraded as it was a special birthday. This is such a peaceful place and you can forget everything. Super welcome and overall lovely staff.

Slight disappontment with the evening meal. Nothing wrong with the food, but I think the chef has got hold of one of the 'new wave' cookbooks and has not quite mastered how to pull it off. Please ditch the long 'channel' plates they do nothing for the food and don't fit on the table.

Breakfast was good and lovely morning staff, quite brightened the start of the day.

Lovely old fashioned (and there is nothing wrong with that) hotel, wish that we could have stayed longer.

Will return and you cannot say fairer than that as they say in that part of the world!

Room Tip: Room 1 is lovely with picture windows on both sides. Ground floor too if stairs are an issue. Suspec...
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  • Stayed October 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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73 helpful votes 73 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2011

Finding Dunsely Hall was a stroke of good luck that we found in "Back Roads Great Britain." On a first-time tour of Yorkshire, we arrived from the Dales, ready for the sea air and the moors. To be given a room with sea views, overlooking Sandsend and Whitby; was an added and unexpected bonus. This elegant country house, built in 1900, for a shipping baron and his large family, has turned into a comfortable and well-run hotel. While dinner is offered in the dining room, another pleasant surprise for us was being able to enjoy the full menu in the comfort of the lounge. Staying for two nights qualifies as a "short-break," with a 30 pound meal credit per person -- we didn't know this until the second night, or we might have had the excellent desserts that first evening! The beef and ale pie was really excellent, as was the pear tarte tatin and the panna cotta with fig preserves. Now, back to that view: I will never forget opening the windows and letting that sea air into the room, looking out toward the North Sea. All this was a perfect place to come back to after exploring the Moors, Whitby, the Ryedale Folk Museum in Hutton-le-Hole, Helmsley, etc. This was a short trip, and since i can't get it out of my mind, i am certain that i must return here again. I only hope it will be soon! Dunsley Hall was elegant, yet most comfortable in all respects; and overall, a really good value for such a nice experience.

Room Tip: We had a four poster room, overlooking the front of the hotel; with sea views. Don't miss it.
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  • Stayed September 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Leeds
2 reviews
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2011

We have been coming to Dunsley Hall for 8 years now and we love it as much as our first visit as we do now. The food is excellent, plenty of choice and since they have introduced the new autumn menu the standards have risen considerably. The staff are also helpful especially Caroline in the restaurant and Gordon. This is the place where we come to relax and be looked after - which we certainly are. If you want to find a bolthole then this is the place to go. The new year festivities are also recommended and excellent value for money.

Room Tip: Room 18 - the bridal suite is a really lovely room
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  • Stayed October 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Harpenden
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2011

Dunsley Hall is not cheap and, in life, you do not always get what you pay for. But you do here. Heavenly setting, very high class and rich with character, and friendly and helpful staff throughout. Nothing was too much trouble for them, including rustling up special meals without being asked. Built for a shipping magnate and his large family in 1900. We will definitely be going again. Stayed seven days and it was one of our best holidays ever.

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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3 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2011

Grand looking hotel on beautiful grounds set back fro the main road came here for a ' mini moon' before our main honeymoon. A little far out from town if you are walking but fine in a car. Food was over priced.

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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York, United Kingdom
2 reviews
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2011

We stayed here this weekend as it was a wedding present. I thought it was very overpriced for what they offer. The rooms were ok, large but there was paint and wallpaper peeling and also there was mould in the shower.

The breakfast was nice but we found the evening meals lacked choice - if you didnt like fish there wasn't much else to eat. It would have been helpful if they dispalyed a menu on their website so you can make bookings at other places before you arrive as most places in Whitby close at 8.30pm!

There was a wedding (or 2) on the Saturday night although not the hotels fault the guests were noisy late at night and first thing in the morning which was annoying as it cost a lot of money for us to stay but they felt they had full roam of the place.

Dont think I would stay again, not one of the bext 3 star hotels I have been too...sorry!!

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Dunsley Hall

Address: Dunsley, Whitby YO21 3TL, England
Location: United Kingdom > England > Yorkshire > North Yorkshire > Whitby
Amenities:
Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Suites
Hotel Style:
#3 Family Hotel in Whitby
#4 Romantic Hotel in Whitby
#5 On the Beach Hotel in Whitby
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 18
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Once home to a Victorian shipping magnate, Dunsley Hall is a hidden gem that offers all the comforts you expect of a modern hotel. All en-suite rooms are individually furnished with tea & coffee making facilities, flat screen TVs and there is Free Wi-Fi throughout the hotel. The restaurant has rosette awards for food and service and there are many interesting and attractive features. These include an original stained glass window an Inglenook fireplace in the guest lounge. The hotel is set in four acres of landscaped grounds which include tennis court, putting and croquet. Just three miles north of the famous coastal fishing town of Whitby where you can visit many attractions including Whitby Abbey (where the date for Easter was decided), the Captain Cook Memorial Museum, see Whitby Jet being turned into attractive jewellery and Whitby is also the setting for Bram Stoker's Dracula novels. Unspoilt Sandsend Beach is just one mile from the hotel. ... more   less 
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