With 47 rooms, five restaurants and an extensive garden area among other things, it’s no surprise that Grantley Hall in Ripon has been awarded a place in the exclusive Conde Nast list as the best country hotel in the UK, alongside several top spots in Europe.
Despite the venue’s historic façade, Grantley Hall has been modernized through the Sykes family’s restoration project, which includes Pan-Asian Bar & Restaurant EightyEight, Norton Bar or Valeria’s late-night champagne and cocktail bar.
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The addition of Grantley Hall to the list joins the Cary Arms & Spa in Devon and the Lucknam Park Hotel & Spa in Wiltshire, as well as luxury venues in London including The Swan at Streatley and The Guardsman.
Elsewhere, locations in Sicily, Palma, Tuscany and Lisbon have been included – making Grantley’s inclusion a greater achievement.
What makes Grantley Hall so good according to Condé Nast?
“Behind the immaculate Palladian façade lies a modern interpretation of classic interior design that invites you to sit, snooze and slow down.
“Each of the 47 rooms and suites features a sumptuous full-size bed (the smallest is a king), a four-piece bathroom with Italian marble, and wonderfully revived historic features such as antique fireplaces.
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“Many offer sweeping views across the grounds, which can also be admired from several outdoor terraces, perfect for grabbing a bite and a bite to eat on a balmy summer evening.”
The listing also added: “Afternoon tea is taken in the Drawing Room, while British/European specialties are available at Fletchers and an unforgettable 10-course tasting menu using locally grown organic ingredients at Michelin-starred Shaun Rankin in Grantley Hall is served.” .
“Don’t miss this: a visit to the Three Graces Spa and ELITE wellness facility with six treatment rooms, an outdoor vitality pool, a snow room, a cryotherapy chamber, a 3D body scanner, a restaurant and a state-of-the-art fitness area. ”