Last month I officially moved to Manchester. I have to pinch myself on a daily basis when I remember that I am working in the ‘real world’ as a supposed ‘adult’. I can’t believe I am living the city life in such an up and coming, vibrant place. As much as I do love this way of life though, I am a country girl at heart. I lived in the countryside all my life before uni and I love nothing more than to get back to my roots and surround myself with sheep and green fields. When I was invited for a nights stay at luxury country house hotel, Ox Pasture Hall Hotel, a Scarborough Hotel, I was so excited to escape into the beautiful Yorkshire Countryside and live in a bubble for the weekend; and this is exactly what I did.
Considering it was a two and a half hour drive across the country to the east coast, we decided to make the most of it, spending the afternoon in Whitby complete with mandatory fish and chips and an extremely windy walk up the famous 199 steps. I honestly feared for my life as I was nearly blown over the edge! None the less, Whitby was completely enchanting. The harbour was filled with the bright reds, yellows and blues of sailing boats and lobster cages were stacked up on the side – a typical seaside scene. Little coloured sweet shops and intriguing bric-a-brac stores lined the narrow, cobbled streets and a lot of them looked as though they had been there for years. Whitby was a place that felt as though the movement of time had barely touched it. You really felt as though you had travelled back in time to this untouched little place and this certainly gave it a lot of character and charm.
We then made our way to Scarborough to check into the hotel. After a bit of sat nav trouble and a lack of an ability to provide coherent directions on my behalf, we finally found ourselves at the end of a long, winding drive. As soon as I saw our destination I couldn’t believe how gorgeous this place looked.
Ox Pasture Hall was absolutely beautiful. We explored round the extensive grounds and the whole place felt as though you were a million miles away from the real world. Unfortunately, the sun wasn’t shining but the luscious green grass was striking against the clouds and still felt full of live. I can’t even begin to imagine how stunning it would be on a sunny day. The stone walled buildings were embellished with wild, climbing plants and flowers, giving it a rustic, romantic vibe. It was picture perfect.
On arrival we were given the warmest welcome from Allan and then we were shown to our room… our room which also happened to be one of their Luxury Suites. I couldn’t believe my eyes when we were shown into our home for the night. Complete with a huge bedroom, living area and the most stunning bathroom it was like a dream. The decor was the perfect country set up with beautiful wooden furniture and softly coloured furnishings.
I loved the bathroom in particular. The huge bath and walk in shower made it feel so luxurious and the little details like the soap dish and the contemporary waterfall style taps were so lovely. The tiled marbled wall and floor was extremely deluxe, yet the soft lighting and colouring meant that it still felt welcoming and cosy.
The hotel also supplied the fluffiest, plushest white dressing gowns. Literally, they were so soft and fluffy I could have just sat there and stroked them all weekend. It was so nice to just relax in our dressing gowns with a lovely cup of tea.
Our evening meal was booked in for 7.30pm. We made our way down to the restaurant and were directed into the cosiest room. The stone walls, low ceiling, open fire place and tartan cushions made it feel as though we were sitting in the comfiest of living rooms and we felt immediately relaxed. The room was decorated with Christmas decorations, giving it a lovely, festive feel. We browsed the menu, accompanied with a much welcomed glass of prosecco.
The menu was absolutely fabulous. There was plenty of choice, in fact everything sounded so good I didn’t know what to have. I always have difficulty deciding what to eat in restaurants and this menu made it even more difficult! After ordering we were shown through to our table in the Courtyard Restaurant.
It was such a sophisticated meal which began with an ‘amuse bouche’ of smoked salmon. We decided to share a starter, mainly because I was determined to have enough room for pudding. The rabbit pate came beautifully presented on a slate board. It was combined with nuts which worked so so well, I would never have thought of such a combination but the texture and flavours were so yummy. Our starter also came along with a plate of breads and butter. Not just any bread and butter though. Each slice of this bread was flavoured differently and the butter was sprinkled with poppy seeds and tasted extra creamy and delicious. It is amazing how something as ordinary as bread and butter can be made so deluxe.
In the end, I decided on the duck for my main course. As with everything, it came beautifully presented with lots of extra little trimmings. The steak similarly look absolutely delicious, complete with a generous portion of home-made chunky chips and veg.
I think the next part of the meal was possibly our favourite. We were given a little shot of ‘pina colada pineapple jelly’. I wish that I had the recipe for this as it was so so delicious. It was freezing cold and packed with flavour and fresh pineapple, with the intention of preparing our palette for the sweet course that was about to arrive.
It was then time for pudding. I have such a sweet tooth so couldn’t wait for my chocolate fondant, complete with raspberry sorbet and fried banana to arrive. Somehow I still had room and managed to finish the whole thing (with a little extra help)! I would not let it defeat me. As I placed my spoon into the centre of the fondant, the melted centre oozed out everywhere and it was just heaven on a plate. It was so difficult to decide which dessert to go for as they all sounded amazing! The sticky toffee pudding was also very yummy, the hot sauce mixed with the cool ice cream was the perfect combination. We were completely full after our meal but very very satisfied. I wish I could eat this well every day! The service that came with our meal was absolute top notch. Paul, our waiter, was extremely attentive and catered for our every need. We were looked after very well and felt very welcome in this beautiful restaurant.
The grounds looked even more stunning in the dark, lit up with little coloured lanterns it was very magical and romantic.
After such an incredible dinner, I wondered how I would have room for breakfast the next morning but I think my body knew how good it was going to be so I was very much ready come 9am the next day! There was a brilliant selection of both continental and cooked breakfasts to choose from. The range of fruits, yoghurts, cereals, pastries and hot food was brilliant and there really was something for everyone. After some fruit we both went for a cooked breakfast. I opted for just the poached eggs, sausage and mushrooms though. The eggs were cooked to perfection and we enjoyed them with coffee and juice. It is safe to say, I was nice and full for the majority of the day after such a satisfying and hearty breakfast.
After breakfast it was time to pack up and leave our beautiful little home and the incredible country view that came with it. This is the view from our bedroom window – countryside stretched out for miles around us.
I really didn’t want to leave Ox Pasture Hall Hotel. It was the most perfect place to go for a weekend away and to escape from the hectic rush and chaos of every day life. It felt so calm and tranquil and the rustic furnishings and details made it so romantic. Although it was very luxurious, it didn’t at all feel over the top or obtrusive in anyway. Everything blended together to create a relaxed atmosphere and it was lovely just to soak up everything that the hotel had to offer. I couldn’t recommend this place more. The service was fantastic and we had a brilliant time. Thank you so much to Shaun, Allan, Paul and the rest of the team.
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We drove away down the little driveway back into reality… but not before a day in Scarborough.
*I was invited to stay for one night at Ox Pasture Hall free of charge in exchange for a review. All thoughts and opinions are honest.