Ox Pasture Hall Country House Hotel is one of those really beautiful luxury Scarborough hotels, you know the type where people post fabulous pictures and it makes you really envious? You can imagine how over the moon I was then I was asked to review a stay at the hotel; it was even better when I realised the timng coincided with my birthday last week.
The hotel and suite
Gaz and I arrived at Ox Pasture Hall in the late afternoon; it was still really bright and sunny outside so we got to see the hotel in all it's glory, tucked away down a private drive. All around the hotel there were cute courtyards, peaceful gardens and stunning views. In the spring or summer I probably would have spent a while exploring but as it was there was one hell of a chill in the air so we made the move inside.
We couldn't have been greeted more warmly when we made it to reception, we booked a table for a dinner and then were shown to our room. There was a little hiccup with the heating in suite no.1 but it was no trouble for us to move into a new, and equally comfortable suite. Gaz made himself busy testing out the relaxation potential of the sofa and king size bed while I made the most of the rather opulent bathroom to get ready for the evening.
I ate avocado and asparagus with tomato chutney to start, wild mushroom risotto for main and pineapple sticks with pina-colada granite for dessert. Gaz had sautéed wild mushrooms on toast as a starter, followed by a main course spicy bean burger and a red wine poached pair for dessert. We both enjoyed the food immensely and having palette cleansers in between courses was a great touch.
After all that food we went to bed feeling full and rested and had an an amazing night’s sleep on the king size bed. I was pretty sad to be packing up and leaving Ox Pasture Hall the next morning but the blow was softened slightly by having a nice quiet breakfast before heading out.
What to do in and around Scarborough
Of course I couldn’t be out and about in the North Yorkshire countryside without finding myself some things to do and in fact even before arriving at the hotel Gaz and I were making the most of the good weather and the opportunity to get outdoors. With the North York Moors National Park practically on the doorstep of the hotel we were pretty spoilt for choice for a walk on the morning of our stay, but settled on a route through the Hole of Horcum and Levisham Moor, near Pickering. We walked about 5 miles all in all, the terrain was pretty difficult in parts but it was absolutely worth it for the views alone. It’s the type of scenery you can easily imagine hobbits, elves, dwarves and wizards running around in. Who knows, they may have had a magic ring too!
The morning after our stay at Ox Pasture Hall was pretty bright and beautiful too so we were determined to get outdoors again. This time we got parked up in Scarborough town centre, about 10 minutes drive from the hotel and set out for more walking. There are all of the usual high street names in Scarborough, but we bypassed these in favour of a walk towards the coast along the South Bay area. Even in winter it’s a really pretty place to visit. With kids there are plenty of amusements and attractions to keep you entertained and for the grown-ups there are lots of bars and restaurants to choose from. We were still full from breakfast so didn’t take advantage but we did enjoy getting a bit of fresh sea air and of course I managed to find a fab little chocolate shop with dairy free treats.
I hadn’t thought of Scarborough as a short break destination but I had a lot of fun spending two days in the area and would definitely do it again, especially if I could stay at Ox Pasture Hall.
Until next time…