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Grantley Hall

Ripon, United Kingdom

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PROPERTY FEATURES

The Premises 

At first, you may not know what to make of Grantley Hall. Is it a stately countryside stay, a glitzy resort, a wellness retreat or a foodie haven? Luckily, this description-defying pad is all of the above, thanks to its three restaurants, highfalutin’ fitness centre and serene spa with two swimming pools. There’s even a va-va-voom nightclub, Valeria’s. And though the lavish interiors wouldn’t be out of place in a Mayfair members’ club, Grantley Hall’s heart is pure Yorkshire. The pride of place is evident in the lovingly restored original features, the playful ‘Taste of Home’ menu by local boy Shaun Rankin and the warm-as-a-cuppa welcomes.

Grantley Hall

Grantley Hall North Yorkshire Ripon, HG4 3ETUnited Kingdom

ELITE executive gym

SMITH EXTRA

Compliments of the House 

A welcome bottle of champagne and a box of chocolates on arrival

At the Hotel 

CHECK-OUT: Check-in is from 3pm and check-out is at 11am. You’re welcome to use the spa an hour before check-in and an hour after check-out.
Rates include a daily breakfast in Fletchers restaurant. You can choose from the continental buffet laden with cereals, fruit and home-baked treats or opt for à-la-carte items like eggs cooked to order or the full English.

FACILITIES

State-of-the-art fitness centre with cryotherapy chamber and altitude training, 30 acres of manicured parkland, English Heritage-listed Japanese garden, wellies to borrow, free WiFi throughout, free valet parking. In rooms: Damson gin on arrival, free soft drinks and snacks from the minibar, raincoat to borrow, plug adaptors and a surprise departure gift.

PACKING TIPS

Grantley Hall contains many multitudes, so you’ll want to be ready for any kind of adventure: sturdy boots for the Dales’ twisty terrain, lots of Lycra for the fitness centre, prim collars for afternoon tea and a splash of sparkle for evenings in Valeria’s.

ECO-FRIENDLY

You bet. The new wing of the hotel was built to BREEAM gold standard, water comes from the hotel's own borehole and all the lightbulbs are energy-efficient. They've made a real effort to reduce single-use plastics and you'll only find glass straws in the bar. If you hear a buzzing sound in the gardens, it's because they've been planted with flowers that attract local pollinators and other wildlife. The hotel has plenty of Yorkshire pride too - all the suppliers and almost all of the staff are local lads and lasses.

SPA

The serene Three Graces spa is becoming a destination in itself. You could spend an entire day here sampling the Ila and Natura Bissé face and body treatments, then skipping from sauna to steam room to snow room to hydrotherapy pool. The boundary-pushing treatment menu also has reiki, reflexology, crystal healing and massages for mothers-to-be.

POOL

This is no mere pool. It’s more like an enormous Roman bathhouse, thanks to a marble-clad atrium, columns and cloistered ceiling that surround the 18m heated indoor swimming pool lined with heated beds. The second, adults-only pool leads to a hot tub and outdoor terrace.

ALSO

All public areas on the ground floor and the gardens are designed to be wheelchair accessible; there are two adapted bedrooms and lift access in the Fountains Wing.
We’re not sure we know of another hotel where you can run on an underwater treadmill, sleep in an altitude chamber that mimics oxygen levels at Everest base camp and have your bone density scanned by a 3-D machine. But that’s all possible at the high-octane Elite fitness centre headed by Duncan Roy, the record-holding Atlantic rower. For the more amateur athlete, there are group fitness classes: Pilates, spinning and yoga too.

USEFUL INFORMATION

Restaurant EightyEighty will be closed for lunch between Mondays and Fridays from Monday 16th March until Friday 17th April at the current time. We would be grateful if guests could provide dietary requirements in advance, an estimated time of arrival and a vehicle registration number as we do operate a Vehicle Number Plate Recognition system. We recommend pre-booking dining options to avoid disappointment. The hotel will be closed from the 30th of December 2020 to the 2nd of January 2021 due to a private event.

Rooms 

Each room is decorated in elegant muted tones with a king-size bed, plush carpeting and marble ensuite as standard issue. We’re partial to the Executive Rooms in the original 17th-century hall, which have period fireplaces and a romantic window seat. If you’re lucky, you’ll get the one with the enormous copper bath tub.

Food & Drink 

Unforgettable Features 

While you can treat your body like a temple in the fitness centre and the spa, all asceticism flies out the window when it comes to food and drink. After all, you’re in the home of battered puds, Wensleydale cheese and coma-inducing Sunday roasts. There are three restaurants to pick from; Fletchers serves modern British fare with a mild French accent – expect delicious steaks, delicate fish dishes and locally sourced seafood. Fun-loving and flashy EightyEight is housed in the new glass-ceilinged wing, with a pan-Asian menu, an extensive cocktail list and DJs on weekends. The fine-dining destination is Shaun Rankin at Grantley Hall (currently holding a Michelin star), where the celebrity chef is getting back to his Yorkshire roots in style. The dining room is certainly grand – white tablecloths, delicate duck-egg-blue walls and a glittering glass chandelier – but Rankin’s ‘Taste of Home’ tasting menu is pure fun. Haute takes on his childhood comfort foods include a starter of bread, butter, dripping and beef tea, a cheese and tomato sandwich and scampi with seaweed. Herbs and vegetables are grown on-site in the kitchen garden, meat comes from nearby farms and fresh seafood is from the Yorkshire coast. It's understandably very popular, so be sure to reserve a table when you book your stay.

Liquid Bliss 

Grantley Hall was never going to be that kind of country-house hotel. You know, the kind that doesn’t have a pulse past 9pm. The Norton Bar’s interiors remind you of the rich history of the building you’re in – it’s all wood panelling, saffron-velvet sofas and leather-bound tomes. Choose from over 100 different kinds of cocktail, hole up by the fireplace when the weather’s being British or take your botanical gin fizz or dram outside to the sun-warmed terrace in the summer months. Hearty snacks
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Experience the Extraordinary 

When a hotel is stuffed to the gills with this many diversions and delights, it seems silly to venture too far until you’ve made the most of them. So, eat your fill at Fletchers, pull on a pair of the hotel’s wellies for a stomp around the sweeping grounds and a turn in the English Heritage-listed Japanese garden. Then, swim luxuriant lengths in the indoor pool, get gently pummelled by the excellent therapists in the Three Graces Spa and catnap on a heated sunlounger. Later, take afternoon tea in the drawing room, munch on miso aubergine at EightyEight and water down your whisky in the wood-panelled Norton Bar. Once you’re ready to explore, make your first port of call the Unesco-protected Fountains Abbey. This romantic and atmospheric site combines crumbling monastic ruins, water gardens, statues, follies and a deer park, so it’s perfect for summer picnics. History buffs and literature lovers should hop to Castle Howard to see the fictional ‘Brideshead’, its 100 acres of parkland and arboretum. Though they may look like modern-art installations, the weird and wonderful formations at Brimham Rocks are naturally occurring. The craggy wonders are free to visit. Of course, if you prefer your nature even more rugged, Grantley Hall flirts with the Eastern fringes of the Yorkshire Dales – you can hike or bike for miles without seeing evidence of human life, save an Iron Age hill fort or two.

Transportation 

This stately home is in the Yorkshire countryside on the eastern fringes of the Dales national park, just five miles from the historic city of Ripon.

Planes 

Technically, the closest airport is Leeds Bradford but if you’re coming from outside the UK, you’re more likely to land in Manchester or London’s leading hubs, Heathrow or Gatwick.

Trains 

Thanks to a new LNER service, you can get to York station from London’s Kings Cross in under two hours. York, which also serves Edinburgh, Newcastle, Leeds and other UK cities, is just under an hour’s drive from Grantley Hall – the hotel can arrange free car transfers with advance notice.

Automobiles 

The concierge can organise day trips to all the local sights, but if you’d like to explore independently, you’ll need your own wheels. Once you arrive, there’s free valet parking on site.

Other 

Coming by chopper? There’s a handy helipad in the grounds.

Location

Grantley Hall North Yorkshire Ripon, HG4 3ETUnited Kingdom

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