The Feversham arms – Yorkshire spa retreat

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The Feversham Arms – a real Yorkshire treat

The Feversham Arms Hotel and Spa. If you are down North Yorkshire way any time soon you could do a lot worse than to stay at this delightful hotel . It is situated in the charming market town of Helmsley, not far from Thirsk and is an upmarket option for a real treat away stay.

The building was originally an old coaching inn in a thriving industrial town on the former main road from the North to London in the South. At the height of Helmsley’s prosperity, it was a weaving town and the loom operators knew how to enjoy a jar or two, in what would have been their local hostelry.

The three cottages next to the inn were added to the original property over time as was a tennis court, the conservatory restaurant called the Weathervane, and some beautiful gardens. Later came the well appointed spa facilities and heated outdoor jacuzzi and swimming pool.

Where’s the pool man?

The Feversham Arms – stylish decor

The bedrooms are very comfortable indeed, decorated in elegant muted colours of mauve and cream and duck egg blue. Ours was finished off with tartan cushions and a purple tartan coverlet – very desirable. The bathrooms have the best toiletries, Temple Spa and Missoni are lovely products and the ‘do not disturb’ sheep on the bed, was a nice touch.

Sleep tight!

All rooms have tea and coffee making facilities and top notch cranberry shortbread biscuits to nibble on while you decide what to wear for dinner. There are luxurious white robes and slippers which always makes you feel luxurious just by putting them on!

The rooms are set around a lovely courtyard with a French country house feel. There are different types of rooms to stay in. Some have balconies. The lavender, cat mint and tulip beds around the pool look very pretty indeed.

Country courtyard

The Feversham Arms – spa on site

A range of treatments are available at the spa. You can buy lots of luscious products too if you really want to pamper yourself.  If you are resident at the hotel you will automatically have access to all the spa facilities. There are two different types of steam rooms, a foot spa, sauna, and outdoor hot tub. there’s also a  heated swimming pool.

We tried them all and they were very good. I especially like the heated outdoor pool which was just  big enough for a proper swim. Lots of nice outdoor furniture including a rattan ‘pod’ were proving very popular with the visitors.

The Weathervane is always busy..

Dining at the Feversham Arms

The restaurant is full service and in a nouvelle cuisine style. Pub grub it is not, so don’t go expecting a large portion of fish and chips. I had a pressing of juniper smoked rabbit with a langoustine centre and scented mayweed dressing. And that was just the starter.

The main was breast of duck with hazelnut and rhubarb jus and a dusting of Judas Ear. Apparently Judas Ear is a kind of fungus for those of you who have not come across this delicacy before. It just looked like a bit of pepper on the plate really. Our dessert was orchard fruits and ice cream. The food was beautifully presented, if not ideal for those with a substantial appetite.

My just desserts

Lovely Helmsley

Helmsley is a lovely little market town. Market day is Friday but even if it’s not Friday there are lots of lovely arty gift shops to browse in. Coffee shops and cute cafes abound. Helmsley also has the prettiest fish and chip shop I’ve ever seen.

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Great British fish and chips

There’s an ancient castle and ruins to look around which is an English Heritage property, and next door to the castle there is a walled garden and plant centre too, both worth a look.

I always associate Helmsley with holidays as we often went there during the summer. In particular I remember the delicious curd tart we had there which is a local sweet pastry speciality using cheese curd and raisins.

Curd Tart – a perfect English pastry

I absolutely adore curd tart, and for some reason you can only get in in Yorkshire! So I bought a couple for the freezer to take home. If you want more to do then a few miles up the A170 is the stately home of Duncombe Park, which has expansive grounds and gardens lots of sheep. The countryside at this spring time of year is at its most beautiful, bursting with blossoming trees and wildflowers.
All in all a delightful place to visit which has a delightful place to stay in the Feversham Arms.

Helmsley castle