The Feversham Arms Hotel & Spa in Helmsley – an oasis nestled in beautiful North Yorkshire

The bubbling hot tub nearby was inviting, but upon discovering the heated water, I was happy to take the plunge, thrilled to have the pool all to myself and able to swim several uninterrupted lengths in the pretty surrounding terrace with brown autumn leaves falling from the trees.

It was a small ‘surprise’ that set the theme for our overnight stay at the Feversham Arms Hotel & Verbena Spa, Helmsley, which although in the heart of a bustling market town still managed to own a warm “country lifestyle”. vibe.

Arriving early before our afternoon arrival, we had time to stretch our legs and explore the town center which was a short walk from the hotel. Helmsley, a bustling little town with Yorkshire charm, has a mix of shops selling a range of items from jewellery, ceramics and antiques to art, high-end fashion and home accessories.

The Feversham Arms Hotel & Verbena Spa has a warm country lifestyle ambience. Image: Feversham Arms

As usual, my wife and I were more drawn to the delicious smells from the various food outlets, predictably yielding to our temptations with lunch purchases of freshly baked sausage rolls with quiche and pie. to Yorkshire curd to take home.

One thing that may come as a surprise is that the Feversham Arms is dog-friendly and appears to be one of many ‘upscale’ UK hotels happy to welcome our four-legged friends, allowing them to share in the joys of staying in a luxurious retreat with their owners.

It was the perfect place to take Jojo, our newly adopted greyhound, for her very first hotel stay, who must have thought she was in dreamland after spending her early years at the racetrack when she was not lived only in kennels.

Our poolside suite accommodation, one of the hotel’s five self-contained ‘cottages’, was ideal for the dog and the owners as it was spacious, close to the hotel entrance and easily accessible for ‘pit stops’, not to mention its super comfortable features, rustic decor with oak beams and spacious poolside deck, ideal for those who enjoy a morning dip.

The heated outdoor swimming pool is surrounded by a pretty terrace. Image: Feversham Arms

It’s the extra touches that make places like the Feversham so special, such as the bathrobes and slippers available and the plush Temple Spa toiletries, making guests feel like they’re at a resort rather than a hotel. .

Dinner was an enjoyable experience from the start as we were immediately made to feel comfortable when they were escorted to a ‘dog friendly’ table in the corner of the living room with ample space for Jojo to rest without causing travel risk to the friendly and efficient team at Weathervane Restaurant.

After selecting a bottle of crisp New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc from the wine list, the food that followed exceeded expectations, starting with a deliciously creamy butternut squash velouté starter as well as beautifully presented east coast mackerel. for my wife.

The addition of sourdough bread and butter preceded two appetizing, yet very different main courses – Yorkshire Beef with Truffle Pommes Dauphine and Oven Baked North Sea Halibut in a Mussel Broth which, in Gregg Wallace’s terminology, was like being kissed by ocean creatures.

The poolside bubbling hot tub is inviting. Image: Feversham Arms

Desserts were the very rich dark chocolate and beer cake with salted caramel ice cream and the Dulche de Leche tart, both enjoyed under the prying eyes of Jojo du Sol who was thankfully kept at bay with a selection of dogs close at hand. treaty.

After a good night’s sleep, the next morning we returned to ‘our’ special table for a hearty breakfast, with a choice of ‘Full Yorkshire’ and King’s Eggs, plus a sausage for the dog, feeding the three of us enough for the return trip.

The Feversham describes itself as a ‘Mediterranean oasis nestled in North Yorkshire’, and with its heated pool, beautiful terrace and all the little surprises that come with a stay at this wonderful hotel, they’re certainly not wrong.

Our poolside suite was ideal for dogs and owners as it was spacious. Image: Feversham Arms

November prices from £140 bed and breakfast and from £248 dinner, bed and breakfast – prices based on two people in a standard double room.

The ‘Winter Escape’ offer is from £220 per room and is valid for a midweek break from Sunday to Thursday – includes full use of spa facilities, heated pool and a glass of sparkling wine , a two-course dinner from the a la carte menu and traditional full York breakfast. Valid now until March 31, 2023. Visit the website for more information.

The Girouette restaurant. Image: Feversham Arms
The delicious Yorkshire Beef with Pommes Dauphine Truffle. Image: Feversham Arms

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