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Raithwaite Estate
Ranked #2 of 19 Hotels in Whitby
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed August 13, 2012

Stayed 3 nights at the end of July. Would have stayed at least 1 more night if weather forecast hadn’t been so bad!

Haven’t been to this part of the UK before and was very pleasantly surprised by Whitby, adjacent villages and the Cleveland Way coastal walk. When looking for accommodation on the Internet there wasn’t a great deal on offer that appealed but Raithwaite Hall was a real 4/5* find. We negotiated a very good rate for a room with balcony overlooking the wonderful gardens. Good sized room and bathroom (no bath but great shower). Full length mirror in room. Sat on small balcony as often as possible despite showers. Bottle of sparkling wine and welcoming personal letter provided to mark anniversary celebration stay.

Being new, the hotel, grounds and pool area are in excellent condition. A lot of development going on in the grounds but none of it intrusive during our stay.

The staff at Reception inc. General Manager and in the restaurant were very friendly and helpful. Lots of info at reception about the area and walks. Don’t understand comments in some reviews about poor service. While many of the staff were quite young and some training in the finer points might be needed, the service was professional whilst being nicely relaxed at the same time. Enjoyed 1 dinner in the restaurant which was very enjoyable. On the pricey side but I guess you get what you pay for – we booked when making the reservation and so the cost of the fixed price menu was lower. Saw a couple of complaints -1 very loud - being dealt with quietly and efficiently. (Think there was a problem with the beef that night.)

Breakfast was excellent. Recommend the kippers and local rhubarb (not necessarily together, of course). Occasionally took a little longer than it should to top up some items in the hot buffet at busy times.

Hope they get the future business they deserve and standards can be maintained. We certainly intend to return.

  • Stayed: July 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 12, 2012

Lovely rooms with Milton brown products turndown as standard. Bit of a walk down a steep hill from car park so if lots of luggage or mobility concerns then drop off at front door. Food good but v small portions for the money and service slow.

  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled on business
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1  Thank michelle0404
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Reviewed August 11, 2012

What a gem of an hotel, we went with a groupon and stayed one night in this newly built stunning hotel and grounds a few minutes from the picturesque Sandsend!
Although we didn't dine there we did have cocktails and afternoon tea. Both were amazing, gorgeous miniture cakes and scones with clotted cream, together with a dainty selection of sandwiches.
Our room was a superior one and excellent. A beautiful mattress, pillows and linens, and a large state of the art bathroom.
I had a massage in the luxuriously appointed spa which was wonderful and there is a super large indoor pool if you fancy a swim.
Truly a jewel in Yorkshire!

Room Tip: Ask for a room with garden views!
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  • Stayed: July 2012, traveled as a couple
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Thank PenelopeJane1948
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Reviewed August 10, 2012

just returned from 3 nts stay at raithwaite ,,, staff were most pleasent and helpfull ,,, breakfast everything anyone could ask for ,fresh cooked eggs , kippers , full english , fruit , cold meat, cheese , assorted breads, etc etc,,,the spa is quite small but 1st class ,,, gardens and terrace area are lovley ,,, rooms are nice and bathroom has under floor heating ,,,the only thing i wasnt keen on was no view out (5 velux roof windows) but you can ask for view rooms when booking ...will be returning in the near future

Room Tip: if booking a club room ask for a room with a view
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  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled as a couple
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Thank woodyx62
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Reviewed August 10, 2012

A 4 night break in this recently opened 5* retreat did us good!
Located off the road towards Southsand set back in a private estate this wonderful hotel offers everything you need to unwind: a spa, a pool, a jacuzzi, a relaxing bar, a great restaurant, manicured gardens all in a tranquil setting. Discounted golf and booking of tee times at Whitby Golf Club can be arranged at reception and invoiced to your hotel bill. In addition reception staff are quite knowledgable on the local area and can provide maps for walks starting from the hotel grounds.
The service from all members of the team we encountered was superb, obviously a great deal of investment has been put into this important area as well as the investment into the rebuilding/refurbishment of the hotel which opened I believe November 2011. There is a trace of the red engineering bricks used in the original construction of the old Raithwaite Hall as you walk from the car park towards the hotel, this is I understand, the only remaining part of the facade that remains. The hall is steeped in history and is a fascinating read.
The hotel was spotlessly clean and maintained by a team of discreet housekeepers who quietly went about their business without you even knowing they were there!
The total decor throughout was gorgeous and a lot of thought and imagination had been put into making a contemporary style to suit every taste.
The Poachers Bar was a lovely peaceful area to unwind and relax in, sitting in large comfy armchairs after a challenging round of golf at Whitby Golf Club - great!. The bar menu offered was simple but varied and it was great to see that local produce was used where possible. The service provided from the bar staff was impeccable.
Breakfast was an event in itself with a fabulous range of cereals, bread, cheese, fruit, yogurts etc as well as hot food, in addition eggs were cooked to your choice and served at your table and the breakfast chef cooked a whole range of omelettes while you waited - it was a super breakfast dining experience! The waiting staff were efficient, polite and made small talk as they seated you and explained the breakfast dining procedure.
We stayed in room 104 which had a super private seating area on a balcony accessed from the room through a set of french windows, it was a delight as it got the sun from about 11am to sunset and overlooked the gardens.
The bathroom however, was the star of the show for us as it had a bath on one side of the room and a separate walk-in shower on the other and the toiletries were Molton Brown. The eye level mirror was almost the width of the room but unfortunately steamed up when the shower was in use.
The room housed a very comfortable super-king bed which had a mattress topper for extra comfort. There were 2 black bedside tables with lamps, a large black wardrobe with iron and board inside, a black dressing table, a small round table for the tray of cups, saucers, tea, coffee, kettle etc, a "black" mirror, a stool and a sitting chair. It would have been nice to have 2 chairs though. The mirror was an oddity as we were not sure if it was just for decoration or to be used as a mirror but it wasn't very practical to use particularly as there wasn't another mirror not even a full length one in the wardrobe! The large flat screen TV was wall mounted but had limited channels so don't expect FreeView as these channels were not available.
We dined out in Whitby each night so we are unable to comment on the food and service in the restaurant but from talking to other guests it sounds like we missed a treat and will have to use it on our next visit to Raithwaite Hall.
Our stay was really wonderful but unfortunately there was a down side. Our room and terrace was fabulous but it was directly above the restaurant kitchen and although we experienced NO noise whatsoever from the kitchen itself we did hear an annoying banging of the "out" door as it constantly closed back and forth. However, I am delighted to say that the Management team were quick to act on this feedback and assured us that they would rectify this annoying problem with the utmost urgency. I have every faith in Raithwaite Hall that this will be fixed as they want guests to be 100% delighted and to return again and again for the Raithwaite experience.

The hotel complex is expanding opposite the hotel consisting of some lovely cottages and further down the private road where almost a village is being built which should be ready for use probably by Spring 2013 if not earlier.
Overall a wonderful stay in this superb hotel, we would highly recommend Raithwaite Hall to everyone looking for a quiet and relaxing break in sumptuous surroundings - just book it and look foward to being spoilt and pampered!

Room Tip: Request a room overlooking the gardens with a balcony.
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  • Stayed: June 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 7, 2012

An amazing hotel... Never thought I would find such a hotel in the uk... We live in the middle east and have been spoilt by the luxury of hotels there... But Raithwaite Hall tops them all! From the wonderful staff who create such a relaxing atmosphere to the waterfall you overlook as you sit in the jacuzzi this place is a must to visit. The food, all locally sourced, is exquisite and the gardens including the lamas ard beautiful. Thank you for a fabulous and memorable stay. Kate Davies

  • Stayed: August 2012
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Reviewed August 5, 2012

It will surprise no one that as a Yorkshire lad, I love North Yorkshire and the Dales. Whenever I get the chance, I visit this part of England. I love it! I also love 4 & 5* accommodation, which is rare in this part of the country. Until now that is. Raithwaite Hall fills that void. Only opened 9 months ago, it is class and the rest!

I booked an executive room for my wife and myself as part of a few days away following my 60th birthday. At £165 (including breakfast) it wasn't cheap. However, quality comes at a price and Raithwaite Hall certainly falls into that category.

The hotel has a modern feel, yet has the style of a traditional build. It stands in its own grounds & is hidden from view by trees, yet is easily accessible from the main road at Sandsend, above Whitby.

On arrival we were met outside and our case was taken to reception. Booking-in was quick and pleasant. We were shown to our room which was modern, spacious and clean, as was the bathroom. Tea & coffee making facilities were also provided. We had enjoyed a large, late lunch at the "Magpie" earlier in the day. So we settled for a bar meal later in the evening, rather than a full evening meal. Again, most enjoyable. After a pleasant evening at the bar we slept very well in a comfortable king bed with equally comfortable pillows.

Breakfast was very tasty. The bacon, sausage etc. were first class. Eggs were cooked by a dedicated chef. All in all, one of the nicest hotel breakfasts I've ever enjoyed.

Check-out was like check-in. Quick, efficient & friendly, as were all the staff we met during our stay.

I just want an excuse to go there again!

One suggestion though. What about valet parking? Now that would be a luxurious touch!

Room Tip: Book well in advance.
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  • Stayed: July 2012, traveled as a couple
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Additional Information about Raithwaite Estate

Address: Sandsend Road, Whitby YO21 3SR, England
Location: United Kingdom > England > Yorkshire > North Yorkshire > Scarborough District > Whitby
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Romantic Hotel in Whitby
#1 Luxury Hotel in Whitby
#1 On the Beach Hotel in Whitby
Price Range: $150 - $355 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Raithwaite Estate 4*
Number of rooms: 73
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The 80-acre Raithwaite Estate with its landscaped grounds is located in the coastal North Yorkshire countryside. Luxurious rooms within The Hall and Keep buildings feature alongside an indoor pool, spa, sauna, gym, 2 restaurants and 2 bars. With luxurious bathrobes, spacious beds and an en suite bathroom, all rooms on the Raithwaite Estate are individually designed. Some also feature a balcony or terrace with stunning views of the landscaped grounds.Local, seasonal produce is used in the Estate's restaurants, located within both The Hall and Keep, with both specialising in Whitby's famous fresh produce from both land and sea.The extensive spa and fitness facilities on the Estate include an 11-metre pool, steam room, and a whirlpool. A range of indulgent spa treatments are also on offer and can be booked prior to arrival. The local countryside, beaches, and nearby North York Moors all offer fantastic scenic walks. The historic town of Whitby is just 5 minutes' drive away. ... more   less 
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