So, my first official hotel review! How exciting! Well, first off let me just thank the Ox Pasture Hall Hotel, a luxury hotel Scarborough, for inviting Paul and I to stay in one of their suites at the hotel. It’s really nice to see hotels offering small and large blogs the opportunities to have these experiences and share their opinions.
Shall we begin?
THE OX PASTURE HALL HOTEL
The Ox Pasture Hall Hotel is located in Yorkshire. It is nestled among rolling green hills and countryside and is about 11 minutes drive away from Scarborough.
The exterior of the hotel is very homely and immediately has a warm and welcoming feel to it. The garden as you walk to reception is beautifully decorated with ornaments and love seats and let’s not forget this gorgeous feline!
The hotel is situated in a very remote area of the North York Moors National Park making it a very peaceful and beautiful location (especially for those looking for a wedding location!)
CHECKING IN & WELCOME
Paul and I arrived slightly earlier than the check in time of 2pm so our room had not been quite ready. However, after confirming our dinner reservation for that evening the staff kindly took our bags and secured them safely in their office whilst we headed to Scarborough and Whitby,
When we got back to the hotel, we were greeted and guided by staff to our suite. It came complete with a living room, bedroom and huge bathroom.
The living area was cosy, warm and great for relaxing after our 5-hour long drive. We snuggled up on the couch with a cuppa and watched some TV. Sadly, the wifi information that had been given to us was non-existent but we decided to have a social media shut off.
After some down time listening to the rain batter down outside and a little bit of Come Dine With Me, I decided to soak in the deep bath before wrapping myself up in the hotel’s super soft dressing gown. Paul had a shower but although powerful he was slightly worried about flooding the place!
Seeing as dinner wasn’t booked until 7 we decided to have a quick nap in our king size bed. I definitely didn’t want to wake up from (too cosy).
When we came back from dinner, we watched a movie in bed before settling down for the night. Other than the odd passer by there was not a noise to be heard. Needless to say, I slept like a baby.
As we arrived at the restaurant for dinner, we were greeted by the gentlemen who had shown us to our room. He offered as a drink in the bar area which was incredibly toasty due to the cosy coal fire. We were complimented with a bottle of Prosecco. However, being as Paul and I don’t really drink, we graciously turned it down and stuck to soft drinks.
We gave our order and headed to our table where our waiter, also called Paul, delivered our delicious food. The dinner was superb. We didn’t feel rushed as we were eating or as if we were being pestered. The only little mix up was that we were given a pre-dessert which contained whisky (although I wasn’t entirely sure at first) but they graciously replaced it with a non-alcoholic alternative!
Breakfast was much more casual (just how I like it). It was a small continental breakfast table with cereals, pastries, fruit and toast. You could also order some hot food, so I opted for scrambled eggs on toast. The choices for breakfast were limited to a Full Yorkshire Breakfast or any of the elements of a cooked breakfast but that was fine by me. I’m sure there are some people that would like more variety but this isn’t a chain hotel, it’s a boutique establishment so there aren’t hundreds of guests requiring a buffet!
WHAT TO SEE AND DO
The hotel, as I mentioned before, is in a remote area of Yorkshire. Therefore, you will definitely need a car to get around. Although saying that, it is the perfect spot for walking. Which is especially good for those who own dogs, as the hotel allow them to stay too! On a sunnier day I would’ve loved exploring the Moors but alas the rain certainly wasn’t welcoming me to that activity.
Visit Scarborough Coast
If the weather isn’t 100% (like how it was for us!) you may wish to visit some indoor activities. You won’t find many cinemas around here. However, as you head towards Scarborough seafront there is a large selection of arcades to enjoy, cafes and fish and chips shops and even a bowling alley.
I’m a little bit regretful that I didn’t wait for the summer because the would definitely be much more beautiful in the summer months. Sandy and surrounded by a hilly landscape, I’m sure it gets packed in the summer months, especially with the large amount of restaurants and cafes near the beach.
See Peasholm Park
Paul and I did want to stretch our legs a bit, so we had a little wander around Peasholm Park. Yes, it was slightly wet but there were still plenty of families and dog walkers. We were all admiring the oriental themed outdoor space, which was stunning.
I love oriental design and there was a lot of birds and ducks enjoying a float down the streams. Again, this place would be stunning in the spring/summer (an excuse to come back, I think so!)
After a leg stretch we headed to Whitby, a little seaside town on the Yorkshire Coast. My main reason for heading there was to see Whitby Abbey, an English Heritage site. First thing was first! Coffee and cake. Once we were full of caffeine and sugar, we took on the rain once more and wandered around the haunting ruins of the Abbey.
For more information on the hotel and what to do in the area, you can visit http://www.oxpasturehallhotel.com/things-to-do
Paul and I thoroughly enjoyed our stay at the Ox Pasture Hall Hotel. The staff were friendly, accommodating and everything was to the best quality. The area is peaceful and stunning. But if you’re looking to do outdoor activities, visiting in the spring and summer time are probably best (unless you’re okay with having the chance of rain?). But driving in the rainy and admiring the countryside and quaint little towns is nothing to be sniffed at. Yorkshire is a beautiful place and is perfect for a weekend getaway.
Thank you once again to the hotel staff for a wonderful night away.