Thursday, 14 April 2016

Ox Pasture Hall A Luxury Country House Hotel In North Yorkshire - Review

We have just returned from the most lovely night away at the beautiful four star Ox Pasture Hall Hotel near Scarborough and I am already longing to return. You will probably have seen some photos already if you follow me on social media but I just have to tell you how amazing it was. 

On Sunday myself and my other half Lee set off for are very first child free night together since Sophia was born almost three years ago! What better way to have a very long overdue night away together than at a Luxury hotel in Scarborough Yorkshire  which is only around 2 hours away from Newcastle, making it the perfect destination for a mini break.

Entrance to Ox Pasture Hall Hotel Scarborough

As soon as we arrived in Scarborough we headed down the tramway to the beach for fish & chips from Harry Ramsdon's, it has to be done when you are at the coast right ? Followed by a lovely walk along the bustling seafront, I could not believe how busy the seaside town was and it was such a wonderful laid back atmosphere. We enjoyed looking in all the gift shops, which reminded me of childhood days out with my grandparents and brought back fond memories of visiting Scarborough myself as a child. 

Scarborough

Scarborough

Fish and Chips from Harry Ramsdons Scarborough

I felt like I was relieving my childhood being back in Scarborough visiting the arcades playing on the 2p machines, eating ice cream whilst strolling along the beach and watching all the children enjoying rides on the donkeys and the small fun fair on the beach. It really was such a lovely way to spend a few hours and we have vowed to bring are own children to visit in the summer.

Boats at Scarborough Hardbour

Fishing nets at Scarborough

Scarborough Harbour

I wish that we had of had more time to explore this delightful seaside town as I really fancied going on the pirate boat trip and exploring the shops in the town centre. We had somewhere really special to head to though and that was to check in to are hotel for the night.

Just under three miles from the bustling seaside town of Scarborough it feels like you are transported to a different world as you drive into the wonderful Yorkshire countryside and discover Ox Pasture Hall Country House Hotel. As soon as we drove up the long sweeping driveway I fell in love as I caught a glimpse of the stunning and very welcoming former country farmhouse that has been transformed into the beautiful 32 bedroomed hotel it is today. Ox Pasture Hall is situated in the most idyllic setting of 17 acres of lush green countryside in the North Yorkshire Moors national park, which will take your breath away.

Ox Pasture Hall coutry house hotel Yorkshire

Ox pasture grounds

Seating area at ox pasture hotel

As we entered the cosy reception area of the privately owned boutique hotel we were warmly greeted and instantly made to feel at home as we were booked in for dinner and shown to are room. The room was actually a suite which was located across the beautiful wisteria courtyard's and away from the main hotel building, the courtyards and grounds were so charming and extremely well maintained. 

Ox pasture hotel wisteria courtyard

Courtyard at Ox pasture hall country house hotel

garden fountain at ox pasture hall hotel

My suite for the night was the Ilkley (all rooms are named after places in Yorkshire) which was huge and more like a little cottage than a hotel room. Decorated in a lovely cream colour scheme with thick carpets and solid oak furniture throughout and lots of little decorative accessories it had a really homely country feel to it. With stunning views from the windows, the bedroom views were of fields and vast open green coutryside and the view from the lounge was of the lake at the back of the hotel and spectacule views of the yorkshire moors.

suite at ox pasture hall hotel lounge

ox pasture hall country house hotel suite

desk in suite at ox pasture hall hotel

There was a lounge area which had a large brown squishy leather sofa, a flat screen TV, desk and tea and coffee making facilities.The lounge area lead off to a open plan bedroom which was a good size and had an oh so comfortable massive king sized bed along with a wardrobe, chest of drawes and a flat screen TV.

bedroom at ox pasture hall hotel in suite

bedroom at ox pasture hall

bedroom view from ox pasture hall

My most favourite room was the bathroom, I seriously had bathroom envy as it had a deep filled waterfall bath, walk in shower and his and hers matching sinks and plenty of soft fluffy white bath towels. The suite was immaculately clean and had everything that you would need for a stay including a safe, radio, iron and ironing board, fluffy bathrobes, complimentary toiletries and bottles of still and sparkling water. There was also information packs with information on local area in and helpful hotel details such as a room service menu and contact numbers.

bathroom in suite at ox pasture hall hotel

sink

bathroom

 The only thing the room did not have was wi-fi as it was so far away from the main hotel building, although free wifi was available in the main hotel building. To be honest it was nice to just switch off from social media for a day. 

I honestly did not want to leave the room it was so cosy but the grounds looked so inviting I just had to go and explore them some more. The grounds were one of the things that made me fall in love with Ox Pasture Hall as there is beautiful courtyards with fountains and ornaments dotted around, ivy covered walls, flowers all over with winding pathways and little cosy seating areas everywhere you look. I could just imagine how amazing it would be to sit outdoors in the summer here.

back of ox pasture hall hotel

lake at ox pasture hotel

I loved the lake at the back which our room overlooked with ducks happily swimming in and some marvellous looking stag statues and ornate benches around. Ox Pasture Hall is a dog friendly hotel and it was lovely to see so many dogs around the hotel on walks with there owners or sitting under the tables in the bar, which really added to the country charm. 


After a walk around the grounds we headed back to the suite where we freshened up and headed to the cosy bar for a drink before are meal. The bar area is so inviting with big comfortable sofas scattered with plump cushions, stone clad walls, wooden beamed ceilings and a cosy fireplace, it was exactly how I imagine a countryside bar to be like. I was unsure what drink to order so the super lovely barman created a cocktail for me that was fruity and delicious, I only wish I had of asked what it was.

bar at ox pasture hotel

When dining at Ox Pasture Hall you can either dine in the more relaxed bistro which is located in the bar area and serves more tradition gastro pub style food, or you can chose to dine in the Courtyard restaurant which is the only restaurant in Scarborough to have been awarded 2 rosettes for culinary excellence. We decided to dine in the Courtyard restaurant placing are order whilst sitting enjoying a drink in the bar before being shown to a table in the courtyard restaurant. 

bread at ox pasture hotel

Sitting near the window we had lovely views of the beautiful courtyards and were offered a complimentary bottle of wine with are meal, the staff done a wonderful job of selecting a wine that complimented are meals wonderfully. The table was lit with candles and had a selection of breads with butters for us to enjoy, the olive bread was a hit with my other half. We did not have to wait long for are starters to arrive, now I hold my hands up and admit I am really fussy when it comes to food and don't like trying new things so I played it safe and ordered the mushroom starter, but there was more interesting dishes such as pigs head on the menu. 

mushroom starter at ox pasture hotel courtyard restauraunt

My starter did not look very appetising as it was mushroom mouse with croutons, it was seriously tasty though. Lee ordered the Salmon, caviar and asparagus starter which came beautiful presented and he says was the nicest thing he has ever tasted, which is saying something as we eat out a lot! 

salmon starter at the courtyard ox pasture hall hotel

For mains I opted for the Yorkshire beef with seaweed and onion, this was cooked perfectly and the meat melted in my mouth, the flavours worked so well together and it was truly delicious.

Yorkshire beef main meal at Ox pasture hotel

Lee chose the Gressingham Duck cooked medium rare with celeriac, Chinese mushrooms and beetroot. I had a little taste of his duck and it was so tender and you could tell so much care had gone into making the meals.

duck main meal at Ox pasture hall hotel

For dessert Lee opted for the sticky toffee pudding with butterscotch sauce and I opted for the peanut butter and banana dessert. The banana ice cream that came with mine was the nicest ice cream I have ever tasted, however I was too full to finish it. Lee on the other hand polished his Sticky toffee pudding off in record speed as it is his favourite pudding ever.

pudding at ox pasture hall hotel courtyard

sticky toffee pudding ox pasture hotel

With full tummies we headed back to are suite for the evening where we enjoyed a very comfortable nights sleep. We woke up feeling refreshed and well rested and made are way back to the courtyard restaurant for breakfast where we were quickly showing to a table and offered tea or coffee and toast by the friendly attentive staff. There is a buffet selection of fruit juices, assorted cereals, fruit, yogurts and pastries on offer but we both decided to order the full Yorkshire breakfast which was cooked to order. The breakfast came well presented with lovely thick slices of bacon and juicy pork sausages.

Yorkshire breakfast at Ox pasture hall hotel

It was then time to pack are bags and check out of Ox Pasture Hall and make are way home, although I really did not want to leave. We had such a lovely time and there is honestly not a single thing I could fault, the setting is breathtaking, the hotel is comfortable, cosy, clean and charming, the staff are very friendly and so welcoming and helpful and the food is outstanding making the perfect combination for a relaxing and enjoyable stay.

We will defiantly be returning to Ox Pasture Hall in the future as we enjoyed are stay so much and were made to feel so welcome. If we ever get around to planning are wedding Ox Pasture Hall is top of my list of venues as it has a wedding suite and is just so beautiful. I have well and truly fallen in love with the Yorkshire countryside and this charming hotel.

Thank you to Shaun and his friendly team for making are stay so enjoyable. 

Disclosure I was invited to stay at Ox Pasture Hall with complimentary overnight stay, dinner and breakfast in exchange for this review. However all views are my own. 

58 comments:

  1. That looks the type of place you would never want to leave...It looks so peaceful and beautiful. The food looks amazing too!
    I'm so glad you had such a lovely time.

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    1. I honestly did not want to move, I would happily live in the area as it is so beautiful. The food was so nice as was everything about the hotel xx

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  2. It looks like you had such a lovely break - I just wish we lived nearer to book a stay - it looks beautiful! x

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    1. We really did Donna, the hotel is so beautiful. Next time you are up north you will have to stop off on the way at this hotel as it is so lovely, the children would love it too as it is very family friendly and has lots of space for them to explore xx

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  3. Looks utterly gorgeous and hope you both had a much deserved night away without the kids. The food and setting looks just perfect for a relaxing time to recharge the batteries! Very thorough review too - super helpful :) xxx

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    1. It really is so gorgeous Beth, the setting is stunning. The food was so nice and so worthy of the acclaim it receives. Thank you for your kind words about the review, I really enjoyed writing it as I loved this hotel xx

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  4. This is close to my in-laws, so I might just see if they can have the kids for a night while we visit! Looks ideal - love your pictures, gorgeous.

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    1. Thank you Nell, Oh you really should get the in-laws to watch the children so you can have a relaxing night away. It is the perfect place to enjoy a relaxing child free night xx

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  5. I've read so many things about Ox Pasture Hall, I was asked but it is impractically far away sadly. Lovely review.

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    1. That is such a shame you could not go, it is such a beautiful hotel. I am lucky that it is not to far for us. xx

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  6. Child free night away! Sounds like bliss. Sticky Toffee pudding is my absolute fav!!! x

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    1. It really was bliss and made all the more special by the lovely hotel xx

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  7. This place looks lovely I'd so love to visit Scarborough.
    The place u stayed looks so cosy and friendly.

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    1. It really was so lovely, it was lovely being in the coutryside but also being not far from the seaside too. Scarborough is lovely and a proper little British seaside town. The hotel was so cosy and friendly, I instantly felt at home xx

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  8. We went here a while ago and it was bliss. It was so quiet and peaceful

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    1. It is so lovely, I hope that you enjoyed your stay as much as we did. It really was so peaceful and quiet when we went to bed it was total silence which was such a nice change as we have trains and planes near where we live xx

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  9. That does look like a lovely place to have a child-free little getaway/holiday :) The food looks absolutely fab. Would love to stay at a place like this luxury country house :) Dean of Little Steps

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    1. It really was the most perfect place for a child free getaway, although children are welcome too. The food really was nice and so well presented. It really was a luxury country house and I loved that it was privately owned too as it made it much more welcoming xx

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  10. Oh my goodness, this place looks incredible. A perfect treat for mummy and daddy x

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    1. It really was incredible the perfect place to go to have a child free getaway xx

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  11. It looks really nice and clean there. The food looks yummy.

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    1. It really was so clean, everything was immaculate and very well maintained. xx

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  12. Your pictures are beautiful! I love that neck of the woods, and the hotel looks gorgeous. Cat x

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    1. Thank you Cat, it really is a beautiful part of the country. The hotel was so gorgeous, the photos really don't do it justice at all as the setting was amazing xx

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  13. I'm so pleased you enjoyed some time away with your OH. Scarborough is somewhere we visit every year - I remember skiving off work once and taking Steve there for a day trip :D :D
    The hotel looks lovely too x

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    1. Thank you Sam, it really was so nice to spend time together without the children for once. I love Scarborough and can't wait to take my little ones as they will love it. The hotel really was so lovely xx

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  14. Have only ever driven through Scarborough... but this post just makes me really, really want to give it a proper visit! That fish & chips!!!

    Oliver • http://suedeandsymphony.com

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    1. Oh you really must visit properly as it was such a wonderful town.

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  15. Wow looks like a fab trip away and you got a suite - very jealous, but I'm sure it was well deserved for your first trip away in so long! The food looks great too, love the sound of the banana ice cream

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    1. The suite was gorgeous and very spacious. The banana ice cream was such a lovely treat xx

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  16. I was born in Yorkshire but haven't been back since I was 2 so it is high on my list of must visits. This looks like a gorgeous place to stay. Will bookmark it for future reference

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    1. Oh you really will have to re-visit your birthplace soon. The children would love Scarborough it is such a lovely family friendly seaside town. The hotel is so lovely and well worth a stay if you are ever up north, it is child friendly too xx

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  17. Wow looks so lovely, and what a fab place. Glad you enjoyed it! Love this part of the UK xx

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    1. We really did enjoy it, it was very lovely. It is such a beautiful part of the UK, the views were amazing xx

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  18. Now you are making me feel nostalgic! I used to love playing on the 2 p machines go to the seaside and munch on fish and chips ( before I became a vegetarian).

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    1. I love recreating happy childhood memories from time to time, I think doing fun things we did as a child can be such fun sometimes xx

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  19. Oh it looks amazing os cozy yet modern and how lovely that it brought back so many wonderful family memories x

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    1. It really was so very cosy with a traditional country feel to it but as you say very modern with the most amazing bathroom. xx

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  20. I love Scarborough and I used to live there for sometime. This hotel looks great. I am glad you had a great time.

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    1. I bet it was lovely living there, I fell in love with the area when we visited and would happily move there. The hotel was amazing well worth a visit if you and Angela are every back in the area

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  21. Wow, what an absolutely beautiful place to stay, everything is just stunning x

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    1. It really was such a beautiful place to stay, I have my heart set on getting married there now ( when we get around to setting a date) xx

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  22. What a cute place for a getaway! The food looks delicious x

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    1. It really was so cute, it was the most perfect place to go to relax on a getaway as it was so quiet and peaceful xx

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  23. It sounds like you had a lovely night away. The room looks lovely and spacious and the solid wood furniture really adds a touch of country! Double sinks are so handy.

    I've wanted to go to Scarborough for a while recently just to experience a British seaside break, the beach, fish & chips and arcades sound like fun :)

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    1. We really did have such a lovely night away. The room was so spacious and cosy, perfect for relaxing. You really should visit Scarborough soon it is not too far and is such a traditional seaside town xx

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  24. Great pictures. We often visit N Yorks and make a trip to Scarborough. This looks lovely :)

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    1. Thank you Grant. It is such a lovely place to visit, the hotel was so nice

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  25. Looks that you had a fabulous break!

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    1. We really did have such a fabulous break , I will certainly be returning x

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  26. The hotel looks gorgeous, so glad you enjoyed it! I love Scarborough too, I'm a big North Yorks fan! x

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    1. Thank you Julia , the hotel was so gorgeous you should visit with the little ones as they would love it and it is very child friendly. It is such a beautiful part of the country, I loved reading about your stay in North Yorks recently it sounds like you had a wonderful break xx

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  27. I love Scarborough! I spent many a holiday there over the years. The guest house looks lovely - that bed looks so comfy! Bathroom is gorgeous too which is a big selling point for me. The food looks utterly delicious too. Looks like you had a wonderful time xx

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    1. I love Scarborough too, The hotel was amazing xx

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  28. I need to go and stay here, it looks like my kind of place, the place we stayed last week when we were there was somewhat basic ;)

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    1. You would love it here, it is so charming and the perfect wedding venue. You would take the most amazing photos here too and Holly Bobbins would adore it as it dog friendly and lots of countryside to run around in xx

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  29. Thanks for sharing this, it was just the kind of thing I had in mind. I had thought about spending time at the beach and getting fish & chips and ice cream (obviously!). I could do with offloading some of pennies into the amusements to so I can get my purse shut haha. The food looks really nice presented, I hope the weather stays good :)

    Ami x

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    1. I hope that you have an amazing time, can't wait to read all about it when you get back. I loved it so much and will be returning one day, fingers crossed it is nice and sunny for you to explore xx

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