Perched high on a hill amidst 100 acres of rolling Yorkshire countryside you’ll find this country house retreat.
Tucked away in a picturesque location, surrounded by woodland and enjoying breathtaking views of the Yorkshire countryside, Wood Hall Hotel and Spa is a tranquil country house located in Wetherby, West Yorkshire.
The sweeping mile long driveway and the elevated views reaching across fields of cattle and sheep make this location seem fairly rural, however, it is literally 10 minutes from the A1 and just a half hour car journey to Leeds, Harrogate, and York!
My friend and I visited Wood Hall Hotel for an overnight stay in November, and as we pulled into the carpark I could immediately see the attraction of this miniature Georgian country house with spacious grounds.
Our check in was warm and friendly and we were shown to a lovely contemporary room with plush finishes. It was generous in size with a fab view across the valley. I loved the mocha colour scheme with touches of metallics and modern black furniture, it all felt quite luxurious.
Dinner at The Georgian Restaurant was a pleasant affair, the old dining hall creates a special atmosphere in which to enjoy the fine dining on offer . Our meals were incredibly tasty with my guest even commenting that her lamb shank was the best she had tasted.
I had ordered a steak which is quite unusual for me, however on this occasion it was just what I fancied and it came perfectly cooked with a cracking peppercorn sauce and some tasty fat chips. I was glad I had ordered a light starter of salmon and trout terrine, which besides being a delicious course, was also just the right portion size to whet the appetite and not ruin the main event. My guest enjoyed a fig and goats cheese starter which she also enjoyed thoroughly.
Throughout our meal staff were friendly and attentive and even though the dining hall is rather grand, I felt quite at home and relaxed – possibly helped along by our waiters suggestion of a great bottle of sauvignon blanc that complemented our meals nicely (neither of us drink red just in case you were questioning his suggestion).
Dessert was a fail on our part I’m afraid, we just couldn’t manage it so we opted for a cup of tea, well – you can take the girl out of Yorkshire!
I was still fairly full from the previous evening but breakfast is not to be missed here. There is a delicious cold buffet available including cereals, yoghurts, freshly baked breads and pastries and a selection of fruits, cheeses and cold meats. You can also order a cooked breakfast of course and I can highly recommend the grilled Whitby kippers!
As the name suggests, there is also a rather bijou spa facility here with a great offering of treatments from classic manicures to indulgent Elemis face and body treatments. The petit spa and gym are tucked away in a new wing to the side of the main house. The health club comprises a 12 metre swimming pool, spa pool, a gym with up to the minute equipment and a relaxing steam room.
You can cross the hotel courtyard or drive straight to the spa as a day guest. You can also dine at the spa, spa guests can eat lunch in the reception area, the terrace or at the hotel. The menu includes soups, sandwiches, salads, fish, grilled meat and vegetarian meals.
Wood Hall Hotel makes a great place to enjoy a weekend break or simply just a lovely day relaxing – why not try their fabulous afternoon tea offering?
Couple spa time with a substantial food offering and a historic hotel and you have the perfect combintaion for a little R&R. Of course it makes the perfect wedding venue also if you are on the hunt for your special day.
Dining – 2 AA rosette restaurant.
Accommodation – 44 bedrooms including four feature rooms.
Wood Hall Hotel & Spa
Trip Ln, Wetherby LS22 4JA