If you're planning a trip to Harrogate and want to stay bang in the middle of town, this is the place. When I was trying to find Rachel's lovely house, she had to talk me in because I couldn't believe it was so central - hidden away just along from Betty's, up the narrowest of ginnels. Over-used epithet I know, but hidden gem just about sums it up.
An elegant Victorian villa, it's smothered in wisteria during summer months, and the charming garden path leads to one of the most handsome front doors .. just so inviting. Inside, the light, spacious reception rooms are full of Rachel's collections; paintings, sculptures and stunning object d'art from around the world. In a previous life she was a knitwear designer and her eye for colour and texture is true.
Find more vintage pieces in the cosy, quiet bedrooms along with fabulous linen, textiles and original oils. The big house bathroom feels more Honfleur than Harrogate and is a great place to wallow after a day's walking - or shopping! There are a dangerous number of brilliant independent shops within spitting distance so save up. If you're staying two or three days ask Rachel to tell you her favourite places - she's passionate about the local landscape and generous with her knowledge.
How Much: From 65 prpn
Kid's Stuff: Why don't you bring the whole family, there's plenty of space for everyone.
Well Placed: Couldn't be better. The stunning, historic Turkish Baths are 2 minutes down the road. the NT's Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal are closeby; why not come in the autumn when the RHS garden at Harlow Carr is in full colour?
Good Grub: Eating out in Yorkshire has never offered so much choice and it just got a whole lot better in Harrogate since Tom Van Zeller opened his eponymous fine dining restaurant. Visit Fodder for wholesome cafe grub and lots of great Yorkshire produce to buy, and Betty's of course for the best Fat Rascal on the planet.
Part of Stay North Yorkshire
Review by Mandy, 13 January 2013blog comments powered by Disqus