My first post of 2015 is one of my highlights from last year.
I was lucky enough to be invited to country hotel, Ox Pasture Hall Hotel in Scarborough for a wintry break in one of their luxury suites. As I'm from North Yorkshire originally, I know just how beautiful the countryside is in that part of the world. Yorkshire is a huge county (the biggest in the country FYI) and even though I'm from North Yorkshire, I've only actually been to Scarborough once before- it's almost a 3 hour drive away, even from my hometown.
Living in Manchester can get a bit hectic at times so a few hours drive up to the beautiful Yorkshire coast wasn't something that bothered me at all. Me and the boy were really looking forward to our stay for a much needed break.
We planned to arrive around lunchtime on the Saturday and decided to simply enjoy the hotel and its surroundings, getting some photos for my blog post.
It was a lovely crisp winter's day, luckily staying dry for my photos!
Oversized checked blanket scarf- New Look
Longline jacket- Monki
Floral dress- Ragged Priest sample sale
Monochrome backpack- Primark
Vintage Antler suitcase- gift
The grounds were stunning. You could see for miles, across acres of the Yorkshire moors. The hotel hosts lots of weddings (though there wasn't one taking place during our stay) and it's not hard to see why; the hotel is so tranquil and secluded and there's so much beautiful scenery- the lake around the back would be perfect for wedding photos.
Once we'd had a mooch around the grounds, we went to check out our suite which was equally as beautiful. We were in one of the new luxury suites out in the courtyard. It was huge! We had a lovely bedroom and a separate lounge area with a dining table, sofa and extra TV! Everything was tastefully decorated in keeping with the country feel of the hotel. The bathroom in particular was gorgeous; completely marble tiled with a huge bath, walk-in shower and not one but two hand basins!
My suitcase (above) that I took for our stay was a birthday present from my mum and dad. It's a vintage Antler case in bold red with a beautiful dusky pink satin lining inside. I'm not sure of the date but from a bit of research, it seems to be from somewhere between the 1940s-1960s and is in such great condition for something of that age. I fell in love with it straight away and it's perfect for a 1-2 night stay like this.
After being completely stuffed by our afternoon tea, we headed back to our suite to relax then get ready for an evening at the hotel's a la carte restaurant, 'The Courtyard'.
The Courtyard Restaurant boasts the accolade of being the only restaurant in Scarborough to have been awarded two rosettes for culinary excellence and is also recommended in the Michelin food guide. We were impressed from the moment we were greeted, being shown to a lounge area to browse the modern British menu and were given a complimentary glass of bubbly while we struggled to decide what to choose.
I opted for the duck parfait starter and Chris went for the chicken roulade, both were delicious but what made the starter particularly good were the little extras. We were brought an appetiser of fresh soup and also a mini basket of freshly-baked artisan breads.
For mains, we both choose the lamb because we both fancied it and thought we might be jealous of whoever got it! The dish included rack of lamb as well as a gorgeous slowly braised cut of lamb, plus potatoes, seasonal vegetables and curly kale, all beautifully presented.
We were pretty full but thought we should make an attempt at dessert. Luckily we had a little break between courses as the fire alarm went off and we were all evacuated outside- though it was cold it was admittedly quite amusing! Chris chose the Yorkshire cheese board and I went for my all time favourite, sticky toffee pudding- it was amazing!
This is what I wore in the evening:
Orb pendant- Vivienne Westwood
Fluffy clutch bag- Topshop
Chunky patent heels- ASOS
Wow, a lot of Topshop in the outfit above! I love this dress; I bought it a few weeks ago and have worn it so much since. I find it difficult to break away from my usual uniform of black at times but I love burgundy for the Autumn/Winter season and the blue pattern on the dress is really cool and quirky too.
I wore this outfit to the restaurant and really enjoyed getting dressed up for the evening.
Have you been on any nice getaways recently?