September 3, 2019 | Pride of Britain Hotels
Set in formal gardens and parkland, Grantley Hall is a striking 17th century Georgian mansion, which has benefitted from an extensive four-year renovation. The luxury hotel and wellness retreat’s contemporary interiors combine eclectic artwork and tropical foliage with period features (cornicing, oak panelling and marble fireplaces). Situated close to the Cathedral city of Ripon and the Yorkshire Dales, Grantley Hall has hosted royalty, celebrities, socialites and soldiers during its colourful history.
There are 47 sumptuous rooms and suites with pillow and robe menus, marble bathrooms, top-notch TV and audio systems and air conditioning. All rooms offer delightful views of the surrounding countryside. There is also a Royal Suite, set over two floors with views of the River Skell and a Presidential Suite which can be accessed from the rooftop atrium and has its own Baby Grand piano.
The hotel’s flagship restaurant, Shaun Rankin at Grantley Hall, has already received rave reviews for its delicious cuisine. Shaun has honed his skills over the last 20 years with stints at The Mayfair Hotel, Bohemia and Omer (in Jersey and Mayfair). Many of the dishes’ ingredients are sourced locally or at the hotel itself; seafood and organic meat is from the Yorkshire coast and local farms, and vegetables are grown in the hotel’s Kitchen Garden. The ‘A Taste of Home’ menu (£90 pp) includes Scampi served with Seaweed and a Rhubarb, Wensleydale and Buckwheat dish. The restaurant is open for lunch on Saturdays and for dinner Tuesday-Saturday.
Aside from the flagship restaurant, there are several other food and drink options. Bar & Restaurant EightyEight offers a unique fusion of Yorkshire and Asian cuisine, plus a varied cocktail menu, and overlooks an ornamental Japanese Garden. For breakfast, lunch and dinner, Fletchers is overseen by Head Chef, Craig Atchinson and serves British and European cuisine with a parkland view. Both restaurants are open daily. Afternoon tea (£32.50 pp) is served daily from 2-5pm at various locations around the hotel, including the Neoclassical Georgian Drawing Room.
For drinks, Norton Bar and Courtyard is an opulent oak-panelled space with an extensive list of classic cocktails, whisky and spirits as well as a British bistro-style food. For a sophisticated nightcap, Valeria’s is the hotel’s glamorous late-night Champagne bar and opens on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights.
Grantley Hall’s Three Graces Spa includes an impressive 18-metre marble-lined indoor swimming pool, an indoor-to-outdoor hydrotherapy pool, sauna, steam room and snow room. The spa has a varied treatment menu using ila and Natura Bissé products. The Three Graces Spa Lounge serves a light menu of nourishing juices, refreshing salads and indulgent desserts.
Ideal for active guests, the ELITE luxury gym and executive wellness area houses a state-of-the-art hotel gym, plus a strength and conditioning gym, spinning, Pilates and yoga studio, cryotherapy chamber, electro-muscular stimulation training, altitude training and sleeping facilities, underwater treadmill and even 3D body scanners.
General Manager, Andrew McPherson, says: “This is an exciting time for Grantley Hall and we are delighted to have joined Pride of Britain Hotels and to be part of this prestigious collection of unique hotels.”
Peter Hancock, Chief Executive, Pride of Britain Hotels, says: “Grantley Hall is an outstanding addition to Pride of Britain’s collection of fine independent hotels in the UK and has quickly made a name for itself since opening this year thanks to huge investment in the property and a great team led by Andrew McPherson.”
Grantley Hall joins an established collection of some of the finest hotels across the UK, from historic castles to boutique boltholes, each of which is dedicated to providing the finest hospitality to its guests. The self-imposed limit of 50 members ensures that each hotel is of the finest quality and maintains the exclusivity of the group. Grantley Hall has replaced the Farncombe Estate, which left the collection in June 2019.
An overnight stay at Grantley Hall costs from £350 per room total/ £175 pp* (two sharing), including full Yorkshire breakfast. To book, call Pride of Britain Hotels on 0800 089 3929 (www.prideofbritainhotels.com).
*Pride of Britain Hotels’ Best Rate Guarantee ensures the lowest available rates at each member hotel. Should a lower rate be publicly available online, within 24 hours of booking, for the same date(s) and with the same terms and conditions, the member hotel will be pleased to honour the lower rate.
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