Austwick, Nr. Settle, Via Lancaster, North Yorkshire, LA2 8BS
Austwick Hall is a sensational, award-winning, historic manor house, overlooking the Yorkshire Dales. Surrounded by stunning views and breathtaking scenery, the hall is an oasis of calm; a stay here is pure escapism. Relax by the roaring log fire or enjoy tea on the terrace overlooking the grand, far-reaching gardens, which are simply magnificent. With well-kept borders and beautifully maintained lawns, Austwick Hall provides the perfect setting for a special event, whether it's a wedding, anniversary or birthday celebration. Impressive rooms continue the luxurious theme; antique bathtubs with brass fittings feature in three of the five bathrooms and Egyptian cotton sheets grace the large, comfortable beds. And so to the food, which is every bit as lavish as you'd imagine. Breakfast is a predominantly English affair, comprising of orange juice, tea and coffee with a choice of cereal, croissants and toast. Or, if guests would prefer, a traditional cooked breakfast of bacon, sausage, egg, tomato and mushroom, or scrambled egg and smoked salmon. At Austwick Hall, nothing is too much trouble, and packed lunches can be prepared for those planning a day out walking in the local peaks. The dinner menu changes daily, with the chef making full use of local, seasonal produce and home-grown fruit and vegetables. On Saturday evenings a five-course dinner is offered and the weekday dinner menu typically includes dishes like smoked duck and orange salad, and locally reared beef with black olives, served with fresh seasonal vegetables and crisp roast potatoes. To finish, guests can enjoy four varieties of English cheese, accompanied by grapes and oatcakes, and a dessert of homemade lime cheesecake or lemon meringue pie. Beautifully furnished rooms, idyllic grounds and wonderful, wholesome food make this country manor retreat a must.