Excitement is building in the Yorkshire Dales as the final flourishes are installed at Grantley Hall, which will open its doors this Saturday (6th July). Owner and Yorkshire local, Valeria Sykes, has spent the last three and a half years painstakingly restoring the Grade II* listed mansion house back to its original Palladian splendour, making the most of all the wonderful produce and resources available in her native Yorkshire.
Located in the heart of the rolling Yorkshire countryside with its own English Heritage-listed Japanese garden, the historic property, a member of the prestigious association of hotels and restaurants Relais & Châteaux, is a distinctly different luxury hotel and wellness retreat, featuring 47 exquisite rooms and suites.
Interiors follow a contemporary country house style, designed to highlight the many historic features including original fireplaces, oak panelling and ornate cornicework, with art and furnishings handpicked by Valeria Sykes from a variety of local artisans and suppliers including the custom-made beds from Harrison Spinks. Large bottles of Yorkshire speciality damson gin from Raisthorpe Manor at Malton feature in all bedrooms for guests to sample.
As a patron of New Light, a chartable initiative supporting visual arts in the north of England, Valeria has chosen an eclectic selection of art from local artists to adorn the walls of Grantley Hall, from the more classic country landscapes by James Naughton in the reception area through to the more abstract colourful oil collages by Simon Casson in Shaun Rankin at Grantley Hall. A striking metallic sculpture resembling fish scales by created by Harrogate-based architectural metalwork company Kendrew takes a central position in the hotel gardens.
Grantley Hall’s culinary credentials will not disappoint with the highly acclaimed British chef, Shaun Rankin topping the bill. The Yorkshire-born chef, who gained his first Michelin star in 2005, is returning to his roots to preside over Grantley Hall’s fine dining restaurant, Shaun Rankin at Grantley Hall.
The elegant restaurant showcases what Rankin does best, local produce cooked in season with his unique signature twist. At his request, and to support his vision for locally sourced sustainable produce, the hotel is developing its own kitchen garden complete with bee hives and fruit trees within the grounds.
Other gastronomic highlights include a vibrant Pan-Asian experience, Bar and Restaurant EightyEight; a relaxed all-day dining restaurant, Fletchers; The Drawing Room, serving quintessential British afternoon tea; a glamourous late night Champagne and cocktail bar, Valeria’s and a spa lounge offering nutritious light meals and snacks.
Spa, wellness and fitness are a central part of Grantley Hall’s superlative offering with comprehensive facilities that include the Three Graces Spa and a pioneering, multi-space ELITE luxury gym with complementary analysis and support to maximise performance, results and wellbeing.
The Three Graces Spa
The tranquil spa offers restorative treatments throughout its five cocooning treatment rooms, wet and thermal facilities. Working in partnership with two esteemed spa brands that are both renowned for their intuitive and distinctive approach, ila –with its nurturing ethos and results-driven pure, natural products created exclusively for Grantley Hall – and luxury Spanish skincare experts Natura Bissé, a bespoke menu of face and body treatments, therapies and extended spa journeys has been created.
The Spa is also home to an 18-metre indoor swimming pool, indoor-to-outdoor hydrotherapy pool, sauna, steam room and snow room, serene relaxation room and outdoor terrace.
ELITE Executive Gym and Wellness
Led by Duncan Roy – a double Guinness World Record Ocean Rower who recently completed the Row4Victory Atlantic rowing race – Grantley Hall’s fitness and supporting wellness facilities are set to be amongst the best in the country.
Three fitness spaces are at the heart of ELITE with a fully-equipped gym; a strength and conditioning gym and a Health and Performance Area which includes the Randox Health Lab (delivering high-level testing and analysis), biometric machines, cryotherapy chamber, three altitude-enabled compact training rooms, including one with an H20 underwater treadmill and a multi-discipline studio and spin room that enables classes to be delivered at altitude. For amateur or professional athletes looking to enhance their endurance training, there will be two bedrooms that can be altitude controlled to ensure a comprehensive approach.
Bespoke personal training programmes can also be created based on individual performance analysis as well as supporting bio-marker and biometric testing, gait and postural assessment, using body shape, composition and health metrics to create highly individualised plans.
Group sessions are also available, including spinning, yoga, Pilates, meditation and mindfulness as well as the opportunity to enjoy hiking, cycling, running and outdoor training in the beautiful Yorkshire countryside.
Exploring the local area
Comfy waterproof jackets and wellies will be available for guests to borrow before they head off to explore the great outdoors come rain or shine. The World Heritage site and National Trust-run Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal is on the doorstep, a pleasant three mile saunter from the hotel across fields and through ancient woods. For longer walks, the scenic North Yorkshire Moors are close by offering an abundance of nature and wildlife with a variety of routes on offer. A trip to the medieval city of York comes highly recommended with its towering spires, stained glass windows and charming cobbled streets, or stay closer to home with a jaunt to the spa town of Harrogate or Ripon with its picturesque market square and impressive cathedral. The experienced Grantley Hall Concierge team is on hand to assist with local recommendations and can organise tickets and transportation if required.
For more energetic guests, the Yorkshire Dales offer some of the country’s most superb cycling, and bicycle hire can be arranged via the hotel’s Concierge team. During shooting season the hotel can also arrange access to some of the country’s best grouse and pheasant shoots.
Stylish events and private parties
Grantley Hall provides a breath taking backdrop for stylish events and gatherings, boasting an elegant wedding and banqueting suite, accommodating up to 180 guests as well as a number of incredible private events spaces throughout the house and gardens.
All Grantley Hall team members will benefit from the pioneering Grantley Academy, an accredited learning and development facility for all employees, with dedicated learning zones, located in the East Lodge.
State-of-the-art staff accommodation will be available in the new Courtyard Building featuring 47 ensuite bedrooms, several kitchens, informal lounge areas, cinema room, a fully-equipped gymnasium with fitness classes including yoga and mindfulness planned.
Andrew McPherson, General Manager, comments: “We cannot wait to welcome our first guests to Grantley Hall on July 6th, marking this new and exciting chapter for this historic property.
“I’m so incredibly proud to be part of such a special project, working closely with Valeria and the Sykes family and the team to deliver a truly exceptional hotel experience in this magnificent part of the UK.”
Rooms at Grantley Hall will start from £345 per room, per night including breakfast.