On Saturday 18th March, Ross and I set off for a mini adventure by the sea.
We were offered the chance to spend the night at the Ox Pasture Hall Hotel Scarborough, a luxury hotel situated in close proximity to Scarborough which is just two miles away. Before heading to the hotel we explored Whitby which was only 25 minutes away, in total the journey from Northampton took around 3 hours and a half but it was so worth it!
Driving into the hotel grounds we were surprised at how beautiful this place truly was, in the mist of such a beautiful part of England. It was lovely to be in the middle of nowhere in a sense with countryside surrounding you at a 360 degree level.
When we arrived at Ox Pasture Hall we were promptly greeted by Jay and asked if we would like any tea or coffee, along with asking us how our journey was. It was lovely to be shown to our room and given a tour of the hotel itself, we were led through courtyards to get to our room which was amazing as we already had some lovely scenery to take in. After being shown to our room and being asked if we would like any help with our luggage we were asked what time we would like to dine in the evening, we picked the time of 7.30pm so it gave us some time to explore our surroundings.
We were pretty blown away by our suite, it was almost as big as our house! It consisted of three rooms, a lounge, bedroom and a big bathroom. I was amazed at the stunning views from not only one but two angles from our room onto the beautiful countryside. The suite had everything you needed, Tea and Coffee making facilities, tables, Tv’s, bottles of water and robes to use during our stay laid out on our king sized bed. There is also free Wi-Fi available, I couldn’t get it to work on my phone. But in all honestly Ross and I both commented how nice it was to put our phones down and truly relax without the distractions of the numerous apps and social media which surrounds us on our phones.
I always look forward to having a shower when we go away as we only have a bath in our house, this being said we had the choice of two basins, a shower and a bath. The hotel had supplied us with some miniatures which were such a lovely touch and seeing the bath with a waterfall tap I couldn’t resist a bath before dinner.
After getting all of our stuff sorted out in out room we decide to have a walk around our surroundings and see the beauty of this hotel. The grounds are so well kept that it really does bring a smile to your face, I could just imagine how beautiful it would look in the summer with the added plant life. There were lots of wooden gazebo type areas with seating, but due to it being cold we didn’t really opt to sit outside, maybe adding some outdoor heaters would inspire guests to enjoy a nice hot drink amongst the beautiful scenery that is on offer.
We were lucky enough to try a 6 course tasting menu. The food itself was something I wouldn’t really choose so it was very interesting, Ross liked it all and had a clean plate at every course. It started with some fresh home-made bread, cheese and chives and wholemeal. The first two courses looks lovely but simply wasn’t for me but from the beef with treacle course It looked lovely, plus I absolutely adore pudding so that was a big winner with me.
The only thing I was gutted about is I didn’t get some pictures of was our amazing cheese section, the other guests were even amazed. Benozt was just an amazing server at our evening meal and his knowledge of cheese is just outstanding! He really gave us the insight into all the background of the cheese on offer and didn’t hesitate to make our evening very special.
We woke up refreshed and ready for the day ahead, both looking forward to what breakfast had to offer after the amazing food from the night before. There was a buffet of pastries, juices, cereal, juices for you to choose from, as soon as we sat down we were asked what we would like to drink and within seconds we received a jug of coffee. Ross and I both opted for the full Yorkshire breakfast and it was divine!
After checking out we headed to Scarborough, even on a windy wet cold day we still had a lovely day. First we went to the Sea life centre, which also included a round of pirate golf. Ross and I enjoyed looking at all the different under the sea animals, finding out little facts and competing at golf, of course Ross won! Wandering around Scarborough outside of the peak time of holidays was really enjoyable as it was so much quieter and you could explore without bashing into everyone. It was lovely to smell the sea air and watch the waves crashing, and be beside the one I love. I couldn’t resist a photo of the colourful beach huts, they really brightened up a dull day. I could imagine in the summer these are a big hit with tourists as you can hire them out for your day by the beach.
We also enjoyed taking in some of the local history, so we headed to Scarborough castle and got some lovely shots even in the pouring rain. From the heights of the castle we admired the views across the coastline and the surroundings. It’s truly inspirational to be able to take in the history of the country I live in, sometimes we really don’t appreciate England as much as we should. Whilst on our trip to Whitby the day before we joined up with the English Heritage for a joint membership so we are hoping to embrace our local surroundings and find and explore some more heritage sites. Ross was in his element trying the English heritage jams, chutneys and wines at this stunning location. He even had to bring some blackcurrant and sole gin jam home, which is really tasty.
If we head towards Scarborough way again we would defiantly love to explore Peasholm park and some of the local museums around.
On the way home we stopped by the York designer outlet which was really enjoyable. I love a good outlet shopping centre to explore, there was some really good offers but we didn’t buy anything but still in was lovely to have a browse around shops we don’t have near by us back at home.
*I was invited as a guest of Ox Pasture Hall Hotel but, as always, my review is my honest thoughts and opinions of my own.