Third visit..........so not yet put off. For this reason we didn't read any recent reviews, instead somewhat perversely thinking we'd just go as if we'd never been there before inasmuch as it might result in a more perspicacious commentary............
Reception by its very nature tends to exert a strong influence over subsequent events: ours was faultless. You'll have to wait a little for an opinion of the Spa, but I can attest to the comfort of the lounge and the pints of Black Sheep served forth therein.............I should have said that our room (17) was extremely comfortable in all respects, although I prefer to spend time elsewhere.....
Well, I am told that the Spa treatment left nothing to be desired.........I suppose it takes all sorts.....
And now for the restaurant.
If you're looking for Chinese cuisine you don't go to the Mysore Palace.......but if you want fish and chips then you go to the Magpie Cafe in Whitby. These categories are of course obvious.....but if you don't know what the style is, or think you might not like what's on offer, then all you have to do is ask beforehand.
So having enthusiastically consumed exactly what we were expecting by way of starters & mains, I asked for beer-steeped cheese for dessert (I'm diabetic..........that's my excuse). Moments later came those words that you just don't want to hear.......although seemingly due to climatic conditions.......it was 'off'....................might I like to try the cheeseboard instead?
So you can't win them all........well actually you can. I was presented with the most magnificent array of cheese I have ever seen- and I've seen a lot- .....all enthusiastically described by the man from Normandy, whose name I wish I could remember. I even let him inveigle me into a glass of red wine to accompany it.
This, however, took a little too long to arrive...........having discreetly mentioned the fact it was produced forthwith & without charge.................honour thereby being satisfied. Talking of wine, yes, you can pay a lot here for some very good vintages but you don't have to........there were some more modest offerings with an equally modest mark-up.
You're thinking I'm being uncritical................but the restaurant was far too dimly-lit. In my opinion.
But then we slept the sleep of the just.
Yet that same restaurant was the following morning a place of sunshine and copious breakfastry.
So time to go.......wish there'd been a blizzard so we didn't have to.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Nestled in a picturesque market town by the beautiful North Yorkshire Moors, this elegant Hotel boasts superb dining, full spa facilities, a heated outdoor swimming pool and free Wi-Fi. Surrounded by glorious countryside, this wonderfully secluded retreat is a haven of laid-back luxury and indulgent relaxation. Famous for its welcoming hospitality, it blends the traditional comforts of its Victorian heritage with an irresistible boutique design. Beautiful, peaceful and thoroughly unique, one visit is simply not enough. Guests can choose from a range of 33 individually designed en-suite bedrooms and suites each with their own unique decor, style and character. Cosy and intimately homely, they all feature Egyptian cotton sheets, soft exquisite duck down duvets (or cotton blankets), free Wi-Fi access, flat-screen TV, DVD player, luxurious Anne Semonin toiletries, hairdryer and tea and coffee making facilities. There are accommodation options to suit all purposes, including Small and Classic Doubles, Junior and Deluxe Suites and, for the ultimate indulgence, Luxury Poolside and Spa Suites. Superb food plays a big part in life at Feversham. Here diners can enjoy classically inspired dishes from a menu that draws heavily from fresh local ingredients such as rich Yorkshire game and tasty North Sea fish. It's also home to one of the most talked about cheese trolleys in Yorkshire, traditional afternoon tea in their cosy fireside lounge and an impeccably well-stocked cellar. Throughout the warmer months, dishes can be served poolside on the terrace and gardens. The hotel's award-winning Verbena Spa offers an idyllic haven from the pressures of everyday life. Here guests can kick back, relax and immerse themselves in luxurious indulgence. They offer a range of treatments from manicures, facials and massages through to full spa day experiences. Revitalise and enjoy their famous heat experience with saunarium, aromatherapy room, salt vapour room, monsoon shower, ice cave, foot spa, outdoor heated pool and hot tub. The Hotel is situated in the North Yorkshire town of Helmsley just off the A170. Complimentary on-site parking is available. The city of York is just a 40 minute drive away and it offers excellent transport links to the rest of the country. There is also a local train station at Thirsk, a 25 minute taxi ride away. For those flying in, Leeds Bradford International Airport is about an hour's drive from the Hotel. Beautifully located in the depths of the stunning North Yorkshire Moors the Hotel is the perfect place from which to explore this remarkable area. Yorkshire is renowned as a place of distinct yet diverse appeal, from the majestic Castle Howard to the Gothic seaside town of Whitby, the ruins of Rievaux and Bylands Abbey to luxury designer shopping, Michelin starred restaurants to quaint marketplace tea rooms, there is truly something for everyone. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
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- Feversham Arms Hotel And Verbena Spa
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- Feversham Arms Hotel & Verbena Spa Helmsley, England