Ox Pasture Hall is a four-star country house hotel, restaurant and venue in Scarborough, nestled in a picturesque valley along the edge of the North Yorkshire Moors. Ox Pasture Hall Hotel is full of lovely surprises--the journey from Manchester to Yorkshire is always breathtaking, rising along tops of the Pennines and racing downhill, through valleys clustered with quaint English villages. On your approach to Ox Pasture, it feels urban as you pass Scarborough Hospital, but you wind through Raincliffe Woods and came upon the secluded luxury North Yorkshire hotel, passing a lake and a field of foal and ponies.
I am happy to announce that every day this week, I will be posting about my experience at Ox Pasture Hall Hotel. I'll recount our journey, the facilities, the food, the venue and the surrounding area and attractions. I hope you'll join me on this virtual trip to one of the most beautiful, welcoming hotels I've had the pleasure of staying in.
Ox Pasture Hall Hotel: Luxury & Tranquility in the MoorsEver since I first came to England, I've heard the same thing: You've got to get to the North Yorkshire Moors; they're breathtaking. While we've skirted along the outside of the moors on various trips north or further south to York, we've not properly stayed near the moors. It's a shame, too, for the area is charming, rustic and rural; just the kind of place you long for to shake off the grime and grizzle of city living. Nevertheless, we accepted the invitation to make use of Ox Pasture's facilities with gratitude.
We journeyed over one Saturday morning in late September, arriving in time for a posh Prosecco afternoon tea. We sat in the lodge-style lounge with its tartan carpet and plush leather sofas, sipping champagne and tea, nibbling decadent cakes and hearty sandwiches from Ox Pasture Hall's Michelin recommended restaurant, while a quiet rain shower fell outside the country house.
When we weren't sampling the restaurant's selection of award-winning food, we explored the grounds of the hotel, poking our noses through the abundance of oversized farmhouse doors, deliberately left ajar around the property. The sight of open doors was welcoming, but more than that, you are almost invited to explore as the ornate arches and doorways lure you in, each telling a story of the farm as it stood long ago and is it stands now.
The North Yorkshire Moors rise up around the hotel, like a protective shield, perpetuating the feeling of seclusion, coaxing and encouraging you to journey in from the weather and into the accommodation. We stopped in a two bedroom suite, complete with living space and more of those indescribably comfy leather couches.
The view from our suite's living room looked over a stretch of pastures and a trodden dirt path, which disappeared into the distance, into the hills...
Coming up in the Ox Pasture Hall Hotel Series:
Ox Pasture Hall Hotel: Fine Dining from the Farm
Ox Pasture Hall Hotel: Rooms, Suites and Property
Ox Pasture Hall Hotel: Weddings, Civil Ceremonies & Conferences
Ox Pasture Hall Hotel: Scarborough & the Moors