Well it looks like we’ll be sticking to staycations for the foreseeable future, won’t we?! Whenever I am asked for a recommendation for where to go in the UK, my first answer is always the Yorkshire Dales. I have a special affinity for this beautiful part of the world as I grew up there in the picturesque village of Malham. But all bias aside, the Yorkshire Dales is easily one of the best destinations in the UK for those looking to get out of the house and into the countryside for a staycation. 

So where to stay when visiting the Yorkshire Dales? Well I would recommend basing yourself in Skipton which is a small market town just under an hour north of Leeds. Its nickname is the ‘Gateway to the Dales’ so while not in the national park itself it is pretty darn close.

If you are looking for a place to stay in Skipton, you won’t get better than Herriots Hotel.

The Hotel

Herriots Hotel, Skipton

I should declare at this stage that I have a personal connection to Herriots Hotel as I worked in the hotel throughout my teenage years and I am still friends with the hotel’s General Manager, Chris Fenton. But as always, our review is entirely independent and we wouldn’t recommend any hotel that we wouldn’t stay in ourselves! 

As a former railway hotel, Herriots Hotel is ideally located opposite the train station in Skipton which makes it very handy if you want to travel by train from London via Leeds or get out onto the famous Settle Carlisle Railway. It is a relatively small hotel with 25 rooms, a welcoming bar with an open fire in winter and an excellent restaurant led by chef Paul Deakins. Herriots Hotel is dog-friendly too so if you are looking for somewhere to stay after those long walks in the Dales, this is the hotel for you. 

The room

The rooms are split across the Victorian main building and the more modern extension at the back of the hotel. All of the rooms are ensuite and finished to a high standard. On our last visit we stayed in an excellent double bedroom on the top floor of the main building of the hotel. The room was massive, had all of the facilities we needed (including homemade shortbread biscuits on arrival!) and a large bathroom. 

The Food

The food at Herriots

Herriots Hotel offers a fantastic breakfast in its Rhubarb Restaurant, the main event being the excellent full Yorkshire breakfast with locally sourced ingredients. There are other options on the menu as well as a continental breakfast buffet (although we understand that this is presently being served to the table a la carte in order to comply with COVID-Secure regulations). 

Herriots Hotel is truly a wonderful place to stay and Chris and the team will make you feel extremely welcome from the moment you walk through the front door! If you are booking, let them know we sent you!

Hotel photos courtesy of Herriots Hotel 

Alex is a solicitor at an international law firm based in London. He has always loved travelling and loves to eat like a local. His favourite destination is Peru where he spent a month travelling in 2009 with World Challenge.

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