You either love it or you hate it. Quirky doesn't even begin to describe the gothic eccentricity of this hotel, with its myriad of Victorian ornaments and knick knacks, candles everywhere, and furnishings which appear to come from dusty antique shops. This hotel combines shabby chic with gothic gloom, and it is definitely not to everyone's taste, including my husbands.
We were initially booked into 'Little Red', but our horror at just HOW small this room is (massive four poster bed with fur rug, but otherwise no room to swing a small mouse and certainly nowhere to hang any clothes) lead us to enquire about the availability of other rooms. Luckily there was a cancellation and we got into the 'Saloon'. This was bigger, with a vaguely wild west theme to it, including a large cow skull over the bed, and an absolutely massive copper bath in the gloomy bathroom. The bed was comfortable, but one of us (me) had to sleep up against the wall which wasn't ideal if you needed the loo in the night.
Breakfast arrived in a picnic basket, and it was very nice, but every surface in the room was cluttered with assorted items, such as an antique typewriter and a banjo, and we struggled to find anywhere to unpack the basket and eat the breakfast. There is no TV or phone in the room, and for those of a nervous disposition, it would be a bit spooky at night if you were on your own. The other thing to note was that the higher furnishings were very dusty, including the cow horns and the light fittings, and I spent most of the weekend sneezing.
We were staying with a group of friends and on Sunday evening we gathered in the basement for a private function. It looked very pretty, with hundreds of tealights in little tea cups dotted all round the bar. It seemed rather romantic until I leaned back whilst in the bar area and my hair caught fire. Luckily my husband spotted it immediately and a whack on the back of my head prevented me from losing all my hair, but something perhaps the management should take into account when setting them up at neck height behind the seating.
The staff were very friendly and helpful, and residents can have free cups of tea when downstairs in the tea room or the library.
I did like this hotel, but I must admit that the novelty wore off by the second night. It is definitely somewhere to try if you like unusual experiences, but if you like the normal hotel comforts this is not for you.
NB: The hotel is not in the same location as the campsite. Parking at the hotel is either pay and display or disc zone.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- La Rosa Campsite is hidden in the picturesque Esk Valley situated in the North Yorkshire Moors National Parkland. The campsite offers 11 caravans, a gypsy caravan, barn and even a Witch's House all decorated splendiferously. Not quite glamping more like wild camping. There is no electricity in the caravans, leaving candle light and fires to light your way at night. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- La Rosa Hotel And Campsite