The North Yorkshire town sits on the edge of the Dales National Park. For centuries it’s been a go-to high-end spa destination and whether you enjoy pampering or pondering on history, the pump room and baths are well worth a visit. Or, should you choose to stay in a spa hotel, you can take the healing waters in-house. Quaint and historic with a compact centre (and some top-notch cream teas), the boutique town is a relaxing place to explore at your leisure. And with a wealth of gorgeous, dramatic scenery nearby, you can choose to venture into the Dales too.
Discover the Harrogate and The Dales while staying at five-star Grantley Hall. The hotel -part of the Relais and Chateaux portfolio – is made up of 47 bedrooms, four restaurants, three bars, a gym and the Roman-inspired Three Graces Spa. The decor echoes the buildings grand Palladian origins, accompanied by a muted, calming palette, Fine dine at Shaun Rankin, Fletchers, Eightyeight and Valeria’s. Grab a bite at the Norton Bar and Courtyard of the spa lounge. Swim in a marble edged pool, take drinks al fresco on the terraces, wander through the olive tree-lined atrium and spend a few hours in the wine tasting room.
The highlight of the 90 roomed Rudding Park is undoubtedly its stunning glass rooftop spa comprising a 17-metre pool, eatery and garden. While Harrogate is just a short car ride away, the property is surrounded by peaceful parkland and two golf courses. The decor is funky yet chic featuring bold modern art, dramatic feature pieces and an urban meets country style. Dine in the Clocktower restaurant, drink on the terraces, work out in the gym and catch a film in the private cinema.