At least ten of Britain’s 2012 Olympic medal winners, including the much-acclaimed heptathlete Jessica Ennis, hail from the beautiful county of Yorkshire. With historic cities, windswept moors and a celebrated coastline, there are many reasons to visit.
Pride of Britain Hotels, a consortium of 44 privately-owned independent British hotels and spas, has the following Yorkshire breaks available:
Hey Diddle Diddle in the Yorkshire Dales – one-night from £76 pp: Boasting 40 individually-designed luxury bedrooms, The Devonshire Arms is situated on the Duke of Devonshire’s magnificent 30,000 acre Bolton Abbey Estate, from where the children’s rhyme ‘Hey Diddle Diddle’ reputedly originates. The estate tests guests’ balancing skills – not quite at Olympic performance levels, though – with its famous 57 stepping stones across the River Wharfe. A one-night midweek stay costs from £76 pp (two sharing) and includes overnight accommodation in a Wharfedale bedroom, full Yorkshire breakfast, complimentary Pimms or ice-cream, use of The Devonshire Health Barn with indoor pool and free admission into Bolton Abbey Estate. Valid midweek until 30 September. Call Pride of Britain Hotels (0800 089 3929; www.prideofbritainhotels.com) to book.
The best of both worlds in York – one night from £129 pp: Middlethorpe Hall and Spa is a beautifully restored William III Country House hotel set in 20 acres of manicured gardens yet close to York’s historic centre. Owned by the National Trust, the hotel’s Tailormake Package (valid Sunday to Thursday throughout the year) is the perfect way to celebrate the best of British. A one-night stay costs from £129 pp (two sharing) and includes a three-course dinner (£43 allowance pp), early morning tea, full Yorkshire breakfast, use of the spa, a 10% discount at the York Designer Outlet with access to a personal stylist, plus one additional treat from a choice which includes a one-day Yorkshire Pass, a bottle of rosé champagne to share, a Decleor back massage each, or champagne afternoon tea for two. Call Pride of Britain Hotels (0800 089 3929; www.prideofbritainhotels.com) to book.
Bubbly break beside the Yorkshire Moors – two nights from £235 pp: On the edge of the North Yorkshire Moors, Judges Country House Hotel is an ideal escape from the stresses of city living. The club-like atmosphere’s ideal for unwinding, and bedrooms are equipped with free internet and sumptuous Egyptian linen; some even have goldfish bowls. Celebrate the British Olympic team’s achievements with its ‘Bubbly Bygone Breakaway Package’. A two-night stay costs from £235 pp (two sharing) including two nights’ half-board, afternoon tea on one day, bubbly and chocolates in the room on arrival, plus use of the hotel’s mountain bikes, croquet set and gym for some light exercise. Call Pride of Britain Hotels (0800 089 3929; www.prideofbritainhotels.com) to book.
Celebrating its 30th anniversary this year, Pride of Britain Hotels is also the official hotel partner to the National Trust, with many of the hotels located near to one or more National Trust properties.
Ends/8 August, 2012
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