When it comes to luxury in Yorkshire, there’s only one place for it: the Yorkshire Dales. The epitome of God’s Own Country, the Dales offers a break away from civilisation like no other – not only due to its rural nature but also its many, many cosy-yet-opulent establishments, all offering a sense of splendour that can’t be found anywhere else. It’s a gift, I suppose, but us Yorkshire folk sure do know how to relax. Fancy winding down somewhere new this Autumn? From the infinity pools surrounded by countryside to the 5* spas resembling a palace worthy of royalty, these are the best Yorkshire Dales spas to try.
1. The Coniston Hotel Country Estate
Located on the edge of the Dales in lovely Skipton, The Coniston Hotel is home to the impressive Nadarra Spa, where guests can truly unwind in the company of beautiful countryside.
Promising that guests will ‘walk in, float out’, the spa offers an array of relaxing facilities – including an indoor swimming pool, a private spa garden complete with baths, fitness suite, treatment rooms, an indoor bubble pool, two outdoor infinity pools, an array of saunas and a steam room and so much more.
Treatments include plenty of couples packages, alongside facials, massages, body wraps and scrubs, beauty treatments and more.
In addition to the fantastic spa, guests can also enjoy the cosy rooms that form The Coniston Hotel, as well as dine in the picturesque The View restaurant – which promises a ‘true taste of Yorkshire’, or go all-out Asian at the beautiful Blossom Kitchen. Find out more and book here. The Coniston Hotel Country Estate & Spa, Coniston Cold, Skipton, BD23 4EA.
2. The Gamekeeper’s Inn
An unassuming barn-style venue found near Threshfield, The Gamekeeper’s Inn is the perfect place to escape, thanks to its wonderful spa where guests can truly relax.
Pamper yourself with an array of treatments, including body massages and beauty treatments, before heading to the huge leisure club where guests can enjoy facilities such as a large indoor swimming pool, steam room, hot tub, gym and even a cosy cafe filled with cakes, sandwiches and more.
At the inn, visitors are welcome to kick back in the traditional Yorkshire Dales pub – where they’ll find traditional ales and proper pub grub – or extend the stay further and crash in one of the cosy guest rooms, with tons of Yorkshire Dales highlights on the inn’s doorstep to uncover. Find out more. The Gamekeeper’s Inn, Long Ashes Park, Threshfield, Skipton, BD23 5PN.
3. The Devonshire Arms Hotel & Spa
One of the Yorkshire Dale’s best dog-friendly hotels, the Devonshire Arms Hotel & Spa hosts a seriously relaxing spa for guests to enjoy, all housed in a stunning barn-like building which is now home to a huge indoor pool.
Tucked away on the Bolton Abbey Estate, there’s plenty for guests to enjoy – including an array of cosy bell tent spa days, plenty of gorgeous treatments and even afternoon tea.
Treatments include hot stone massages, rejuvenating facials, body wraps and infusions, head-to-toe detoxes and so much more. Once you’re done, take a dip in the hot tub and heated pool, or head to the Devonshire Arms’ impressive selection of bars and restaurants – where guests can enjoy cocktails, fine dining, relaxed brasserie menus and afternoon tea. Find out more here. Devonshire Arms Hotel & Spa, Bolton Bridge, Skipton, BD23 6AJ.
4. Grantley Hall
Found near lovely Ripon, guests can enjoy luxurious and transportive surroundings throughout the spa, with top tier facilities including an indoor swimming pool, indoor and outdoor hydrotherapy pools, a snow room and much more.
Boasting decor worthy of Cleopatra herself, the spa offers treatments such as cocoon treatments, luxurious massages, rejuvinating skin treatments, and tons of de-stressing therapies – with a little something for everyone to enjoy (including the men!).
Elsewhere at the venue, guests can enjoy five different dining experiences – including the Michelin Star Shaun Rankin at Grantley Hall, afternoon tea, and the new alfresco dining experience, The Orchard. Book here. Grantley Hall, Ripon, HG4 3ET.
5. Swinton Estate
An absolute gem of a venue found near Ripon, Swinton Estate offers all the luxury you could possibly want and more – thanks to its castle-like stately home and premium array of facilities to enjoy.
Think slow days in the spa garden by the natural pool, steam rooms and Finnish saunas in the Thermal Suite, and ample treatment rooms where guests can choose from a wide selection of relaxing treatments, including beauty treatments, massages and plenty of spa rituals.
On the terrace, guests can kick back and relax with a menu of seasonal dishes made from ingredients grown on the estate, or enjoy the beautiful Samuel’s Restaurant, which offers Estate to Plate fine dining. Find out more and book. Swinton Estate, 10 Swinton Rd, Swinton, Ripon, HG4 4JH.