I picked this as a surprise weekend destination for my husband's 50th birthday in March. It was outstanding in every way. The property is beautifully and sympathetically kitted out, it was spotlessly clean and toasty warm. The view from the terraces was breathtaking, particularly in the snow! We lit the stove in the bedroom and even managed to sit out on the terrace, well wrapped-up on the Saturday. The area is lovely too - we visited Fountains Abbey and had tea at Betty's in Harrogate and then returned to the peace of The Ruin to enjoy a bottle of wine and the scenery. It was not cheap, but it was worth every penny for a special occasion. Absolute bliss - and the look on my husband's face when we arrived and then when he saw the view from the terrace was priceless.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- This little pavilion is dramatically perched above a steep wooded gorge, in the remnants of an outstanding 18th-century garden at Hackfall, conceived and created by the Aislabies. A richly decorated sitting-room opens onto a terrace and from under the ‘ruined’ arches miles of Yorkshire countryside roll out before you. The sitting-room is flanked by a bedroom and bathroom; flitting between the two wings across a moonlit terrace is a truly Gothic experience. ... more less