Wood Hall is out in the middle of nowhere surrounded by Yorkshire hills and covered in lots of snow in the winter which only adds to its romance. I however, turned up as the sun was setting behind it, which was beyond beautiful. There’s ivy climbing up the side of the house and really you couldn’t ask for a more fairytale start to a spa break.
Unsurprisingly, the hotel has a real country feel to it, design inside is contemporary but it’s been done really well to tie in with the history of the building. With log fires in the drawing room it’s cosy and homely despite the grandeur. The rooms are lovely and as part of the Handpicked Hotels collection, every room has a different teddy or stuffed toy on the door; at Wood Hall it’s a badger referencing the ones out in the fields that you can arrange go and see. The size of the badger depends on the type of room you’re in, and you can pop it on the door if you don’t want to be disturbed; it says ‘don’t badger me’.
The spa is small and separate to the hotel, so you come out and cross over into a new building to get to it. It has a consultation area where you can have lunch l if you want to spend the day there, and they have two treatment rooms, a sauna, steam room and a Jacuzzi, but no relaxation area. There’s a pool with a couple of loungers around the side which is a lovely place to unwind, and while it’s big enough for a swim it’s not really the sort of size for a workout, so it’s good for couples on a romantic break or mums and daughters looking for quality time. It has that whole boutique feeling to it which is lovely, so it all fits well with the hotel.
It feels very remote, as you might expect in the Yorkshire countryside, but it sort of appears out of nowhere; you go through all these beautiful houses and this lovely town, then you pull into the road for Wood Hall and you would never know anything else was nearby thanks to the surrounding fields. You wouldn’t know you had just come off a main road, which is a lovely feeling. It’s on the outskirts of Wetherby, not far from Harrogate and Leeds, if you want to explore the area.
The restaurant isn’t over the top which fits well with the hotel vibe; it’s relaxed and quaint but done nicely. If you’re on your own you don’t feel intimidated, you can dress up or not and neither looks out of place. There’s only the one restaurant and it achieves both ideals, although you can eat in the drawing room as well if you prefer. There is private dining so if you are with a group then you go through the restaurant and it’s down the stairs, so you still feel a part of the general buzz.
Adorable, just adorable. It’s great for a romantic getaway and if it’s a special occasion it’s a lovely idea to upgrade to a bigger room with a four-poster bed.
– They offer elevenses, and it’s pastry lead, so I would recommend having that – it’s like afternoon tea but in the morning!
– Go in the summer when you can hire bicycles and make the most of the area.
– Always book a package with a 55-minute treatment as there isn’t a lot of relaxation space so that will mean you really use your spa time well and have the space to drift away.
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