Rewind back to February. After a long, dreary January I was in drastic need of a break, so when the Ox Pasture Hall, a luxury hotel in North Yorkshire, got in touch asking if I'd like a night away, I jumped at the chance. It's taken me a while to get around to this post due to being horrendously ill for a good month or so, but even just looking over these pictures is making me feel better, and motivated to jump back into life!
We drove up one grey Saturday afternoon (feeling slightly hungover if I'm honest!), and just over an hour later we were pulling up to one of the sweetest hotel's I've ever seen. Situated in the country side, surrounded by nothing but calmness, I honestly felt the stress start to leave as soon as we pulled up into the carpark.
The hotel itself is stunning - stone built and full of rustic charm, each room is warm and friendly. I was lucky enough to stay in a luxury suite compiling of bedroom, living room and bathroom, and oh was it a luxury. I spent the afternoon relaxing in the beautiful bath, and it's fair to say no bath at home has had the same appeal since! With twin sinks, it felt like a spa. The bedroom was also incredible. A king sized bed with a glorious country view? Yes please!
After an afternoon relaxing, we strolled down to the restaurant to finish the perfect day with a good meal, and the food may just have been the best thing about the whole day.I started with the most delicious beetroot and goats cheese tart, whilst Tom opted for pickled herring. For a main, I went for duck, one of my favourite meats that I don't get to eat very often. Falling off the bone and served with the most amazing creamed potatoes, Tom had definite food envy despite how good his lamb also was! We ended with a shared dessert - raspberry crème brûlée that was the best sweet treat to end the meal.
The next day, following yet more great food in the form of a full English, we took advantage of the blue skies and drove in to Scarborough for the day. Only a 10 minute drive, and a further 15 minutes from Whitby, you couldn't pick a better location for exploring all that North Yorkshire has to offer.
It's been a few years since I've been to Scarborough, so it was so nice to be back and see how it had changed. A brisk walk along the beach, an hour whiling away 2p's in the arcades and a lazy lunch is a pretty great way to spend a Sunday if you ask me!
How much of North Yorkshire have you explored?
Disclosure: I was provided this stay for free but all thoughts are most definitely my own!