We stayed for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day at Crathorne Hall and it was the best Christmas we have ever experienced. The whole stay was totally relaxing and perfect from start to finish.
We arrived early on Christmas Eve as we had booked festive afternoon tea for 12.30. We checked in and were escorted to the Nancy Tennant Lounge where we had a very nice table reserved for us and advised that our mulled wine was just being warmed through. This was promptly served, followed by a delicious selection of sandwiches, cakes and scones with a choice of tea or coffee. This was as good, if not better than any classic tearoom that we have visited.
We were enjoying ourselves that much that we didn't realise how the time had passed until our room key was brought to us at 3.00pm. We finished our relaxing afternoon then went to our room, which was the Glaisdale Suite on the third floor. It was a bit of a trek but reception obviously arrange for your luggage to be delivered to your room, when asked. The bedroom was very clean and spacious with luxurious decor and furnishings. An adjoining lounge just added to the impressive features of our home for the next two nights.
We had dinner on Christmas Eve night in the Leven Restaurant and chose from the four course a la carte menu, which was very reasonably priced for such a place. However, this did not reflect in the superb quality of food, service and surroundings. We finished our night in the lounge with the usual friendly and attentive bar service.
Christmas morning with breakfast in the restaurant was a delight as the very festive, friendly staff just couldn't do enough for us and the other guests. The breakfast selection was extensive and of a high quality and the full english was perfectly cooked.
We strolled around the grounds before Christmas lunch, which were just as impressive as the hall itself, with incredible views over the valley. The exterior views of the building are nothing short of amazing. We got changed for the main event and arrived in the lounge in the early afternoon, where we were promptly served complimentary champagne and canapes. After just the right amount of time we were led to our festively decorated table in the drawing room, which was very elegant and beautifully arranged. We were supplied with party hats, Christmas crackers and party poppers at the table, which added to festivities. The service was again impeccable from all the staff, which were always friendly, jovial and smiling. As before, the time passed by without us noticing and we were sat having coffee and mince pies well after 5.00pm. We didn't feel like we were either rushed or waiting, the service timing seemed natural and relaxed.
Christmas evening was as relaxing and comfortable as being at home, which was complemented by the welcoming and cheerful staff. The service and staff throughout our stay were the most attentive and friendly that we have experienced anywhere.
We finished our stay with breakfast delivered to our room on Boxing Day morning, which was just as ordered and as good as served in the restaurant.
We really didn't want to leave and can't wait to return. We will certainly be booking for next Christmas. This magical place is very highly recommended.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Built in 1906, with captivating views of the Leven Valley on the edge of the Yorkshire Moors, Crathorne Hall is at once grand and stately, warm and welcoming. Owned by the Dugdale family until 1977, the hall has played host to politicians, courted royalty and delighted socialites over the decades. Yet despite moving in stately circles, the house has stayed true to its roots as a place of entertainment and relaxation. Now it is yours to explore. Enjoy an overnight stay in one of our 37 bedrooms (17 of which have recently been refurbished following a £4 million restoration of the Hall's East Wing), plan your perfect day and take over the hotel for your wedding or inspire your delegates with our meeting facilities. ... more less
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