Hotel Highlights

  • Mod cons and comforts in handsome Victorian surroundings
  • Ensconced in the heart of a charming Yorkshire village
  • Tongue-tingling local fare in the Conservatory restaurant


Twenty minutes from York, the quaint and castle-toting North Yorkshire village of Helmsley is host to this homely Victorian-built boutique hotel, where guests go to hide away from urban hubbub, ramble the majestic moors, or ensconce themselves for shooting season. Whatever the reason for your stay, The Feversham Arms Hotel & Verbena Spa is a rustic retreat that promises an irresistible combo of cosseting, duck-down-pillowed cosiness inside and wild, wuthering moorland out.

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Need To Know


33, including 22 suites.


11am, but this is flexible, subject to availability.


Double rooms from $195.81 (£117), excluding tax at 20 per cent.

More details

Rates include full Yorkshire breakfast. Full board rates are available.


Because of its proximity to the hunting-lands of North Yorkshire, the Feversham Arms has a secure gun room for stashing your 12-bore.

At the hotel

Spa with heat treatments and hot tub, DVD/CD library. In-room amenities: B&O flatscreen TV with integrated DVD/CD player, open fireplace, under-floor heating, L’Occitane toiletries.

Our favourite rooms

Cosy and contemporary Room 21 is dripping with character, with the original beam running through the ceiling and a huge bathroom with a claw-foot bath. Room 17 is the largest studio double. Rooms 20–25 are more modern in style, the others are classic and countrified. Superstitiously enough, there’s no room 13.


The outdoor pool is set on a lovely garden terrace, with picnic tables and chairs dotted about. It's heated all year round so you can swim even when it snows. You can order from a poolside-dining menu in summertime.

Packing tips

No one’s seen dead in these parts without a pair of solid, sturdy wellies for tramping the moors.


The Feversham welcomes dogs, but not in the restaurant; and doggy damages must be paid for. There’s a two-night minimum stay and compulsory dinner at weekends.


Cots are provided free; folding z-beds for older kids are available for £19 a night. The hotel provides babysitting at £10 an hour and the restaurant has a children’s menu.

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Food & Drink

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Hotel Restaurant

The hotel’s restaurant is a maroon-walled, sky-lit eatery serving a Modern British menu that draws heavily from local ingredients – rich Yorkshire game and tasty North Sea fish appear in abundance. Talented chef Chris Staines notched up a Michelin star in a previous (culinary) life, so expect great things.


Hotel Bar

Feversham is blessed with a brace of bars: one in the front lounge; one in the snug to the rear. Relaxing and quiet, they’re the perfect places to plant yourself and peruse the weekend papers.

Last orders

Dinner is served from 7pm to 9.30pm in the restaurant.

Room service

Snacks can be delivered to your door all day until 9.30pm.

Smith Insider

Dress code

Squires and sportsmen.

Top table

The fact that table 4 is shielded from the rest of the room by a pillar makes it the most romantic dining spot.

Local Guide

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Moorland market town near York

The Feversham Arms Hotel & Verbena Spa

1-8 High Street, Helmsley, York, North Yorkshire, YO62 5AG, United Kingdom


Teeside is the nearest airport. Leeds Bradford is around an hour away. There's a private airfield 10 minutes away in Bagby.


The closest station is in York, 25 miles away. East Coast ( operates direct routes to London and Edinburgh.


Driving time to the centre of York should take under an hour. It's 45 minutes to Harrogate and Teeside, and 50 minutes to Leeds.


Helicopters can land at Duncombe Park, a few minutes' walk from the hotel.


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Anonymous review

by Gemma Newland , Frequent flyer

Shaken and more than a little stirred after a somewhat hair-raising taxi ride in the company of North Yorkshire’s answer to Lewis Hamilton, this Mr and Mrs Smith arrive at the Feversham Arms Hotel & Verbena Spa in need of a stiff drink and a hearty meal. But even though our dr...

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The Feversham Arms Hotel & Verbena Spa

Anonymous review by Gemma Newland, Frequent flyer

Shaken and more than a little stirred after a somewhat hair-raising taxi ride in the company of North Yorkshire’s answer to Lewis Hamilton, this Mr and Mrs Smith arrive at the Feversham Arms Hotel & Verbena Spa in need of a stiff drink and a hearty meal. But even though our driver had been hell-bent on breaking the land-speed record on his drive between York station and Helmsley, the fact we’d left London much later than we’d intended means the hotel restaurant has been closed for 45 minutes before we emerge into the lounge, noses sniffing the air for the scent of food.

Ruffled and ravenous, we are all set for a night of gnawing at our own fists when we experience our first taste of what makes this hotel really special. James, the cheeky and charming Maître d’ – who later picks up brownie points for remembering our favourite tipples – quickly heads off in search of the chef, who, even though he’s off-duty, comes over to assure us he’ll rustle something up while we unpack. Fifteen minutes later, a feast of roast halibut, cream and cherry tomatoes on a bed of tagiatelle, and duck breast nestled on crunchy local vegetables is delivered to our poolside suite. The word ‘suite’ is a bit misleading, actually; our accommodation is more of a private cottage with room service. With low-beamed ceilings, bold red and traditional racing green soft furnishings, bright glass vases and local pottery dotted throughout the lounge, dressing room and bedroom, it feels like our own secluded country retreat.

After dinner and a DVD from the hotel’s extensive library – which gets full marks for including everything from grunts-and-guns action thrillers to Breakfast at Tiffany’s – it’s time to make use of what we quickly decide is the suite’s best feature, the decadent and playful bathroom. ‘You could have a party in here…’ says Mr Smith. ‘And, oh, what a party it would be.’ I could go on for ages about the slate walls and floor, candles, incense, a stunning huge orchid in full bloom, room to swing a lion and a walk-in shower for 10, but why bother when the enormous bathtub is so impressive on its own? It’s a traditional freestanding cast iron tub that’s plenty big enough for two – we know because we tried it, of course.

Next morning, all the stresses of London have pretty much ebbed away to nothing, and we’re ready to explore the dainty little market town of Helmsley. We enjoy a sturdy lunch in one of the many pubs, then it’s time to hit the shops – a favourite weekend pastime of this particular Mr and Mrs Smith. Even though, to the casual observer, stone cottage-filled and drystone wall-lined Helmsley might not look like a retail paradise, we soon find ourselves laden with bags. The fashion stores aren’t quite our style – they’re a bit mature country casuals – but the gift and antique stores, galleries and local deli (which sells Wensleydale cheese with blueberry, cranberry or caramelised red onion) more than make up for this. Our favourite place is the glorious Saltbox gallery and workshop, housed in a 17th-century longhouse, where we fall in love with the work of local blacksmith and artist Pete Oberon. It takes Mr Smith a while to gently persuade me that there simply isn’t enough room in our London pad for the six-foot, twisted-steel candleholder I am so enchanted by.

We make it back to the hotel just in time for the in-room spa treatments we’d booked that morning – hot-stone and aromatherapy massages with home-made lavender, thyme and eucalyptus oils, administered by a magic-handed therapist who gently works the last remnants of city living from our tired muscles. Then we face the only problem of the weekend. What to do when you’re horizontally relaxed and have a couple of hours to kill before dinner? Do we chill out in the comfy lounge and flick through the thoughtfully laid-out art and history books, and lifestyle magazines; or do we listen to a CD or watch a DVD on the Bang & Olufsen system in our bedroom? We opt for another long, luxurious bath.

Clean, fragrant and feeling thoroughly spoiled, we wend our way down to the bar for a pre-dinner drink, where Cedric, the French barman-cum-waiter, is entertaining the locals by showing them how to mix the perfect Cosmopolitan. This Mrs Smith is now officially in heaven. Chef Simon Kelly then surpasses all our expectations by serving up a delicious garlic-roasted gnocchi with mushrooms, shallots and poached quails eggs, then a sirloin of beef on potato rösti in the light and spacious restaurant. Filled with relaxed and happy-looking couples and groups of friends of all ages, this is clearly a place with a strong regular clientele, who come not just for the food but the wonderful and personal service. When Cedric finds us agonising over dessert, he quickly takes charge, insisting we have a selection of local cheeses while we wait for the banana and hazelnut soufflé with home-made chocolate ice cream.

Walking back to the room is quite a struggle. Thank God there’s no one around to see us waddle up the stairs. We leave the in-room stuffed poodle – another of our favourite Feversham touches, which acts as a canine do-not-disturb sign – outside our door to silently guard us from any hoover-wielding intruders.

When we wake up on Sunday morning, our plan to test the outdoor pool (heated all year round) is thwarted by the fact that, this being North Yorkshire in winter, it is snowing. We’re assured, though, by some regular visitors we find ourselves chatting to over breakfast, that it’s a fabulous place to settle down beside, and sink a bottle or two of rosé over a lazy summer lunch. Instead, we lunch in the hotel lounge beside a roaring fire and listen to a cute collection of classics and modern favourites tinkled languidly on the piano. It’s testament to how charmed and relaxed we were by the whole weekend experience that we even forgave the pianist for playing Celine Dion’s Titanic theme tune. And you can’t get higher praise for a hotel than that.

The Guestbook

Whenever you book a stay at a Smith hotel with us, we'll invite you to review it when you get back. Read what other Smith members had to say in The Feversham Arms Hotel & Verbena Spa's Guestbook below.



Stayed on 8 Mar 2014

We loved

The staff is very welcoming, food fantastic and cocktails heavenly. The rooms are comfortable, and the spa is first class.

Rating: 10/10 stars


Stayed on 7 Mar 2014

We loved

The hotel was very comfortable. The spa, although on the small side, was perfect for us. The food was fantastic and the customer service was infallible.

Don’t expect

A few more facilities in the room would have been nice. There were three tea bags between the two of us!

Rating: 10/10 stars


Stayed on 22 Nov 2013

We loved

I liked the lovely room with wood-burning stove and a selection of magazines, the comfy lounge with roaring fires, the spa and the courteous staff.

Don’t expect



Rating: 8/10 stars


Stayed on 20 Nov 2013

We loved

I liked the friendly staff, excellent fine dining food, room fan, and the fact that it was dog friendly.

Don’t expect

A separate top sheet and lighter weight duvet could've been better, but to be fair we didn't ask for them.

Rating: 8/10 stars


Stayed on 13 Sep 2013

We loved

The Junior Suite was a lovely cosy attic room and the spa's Heat Experience was a great additional free treat.

Rating: 10/10 stars


Stayed on 15 Aug 2013

We loved

We were able to combine action and fun for a 3-year-old with a seriously relaxing spa time for Mum! The hotel was very flexible and prepared our suite with a lovely extra bed for the little one. He also enjoyed a splash about in the pool the next day and enjoyed the adventure in the area with castles, abbeys and old buildings. The spa is beautiful and what's lovely is that you can wander in and out of the spa to the pool, so I could pop out and spend time with my family then go back in for a treatment. The hotel itself is a real find, very unassuming from the front and then full of lovely details inside. We will definitely go back.

Rating: 10/10 stars


Stayed on 28 Jun 2013

We loved

I liked the beautiful room and comfortable bed, as well as the well-designed bathrooom. There's great breakfast and a great spa! Helmsley is a lovely North Yorkshire market town; there are beautiful countryside and walks.

Don’t expect

The dinner menu was very similar between the two nights and though the food was excellent in terms of presentation and flavour don't expect to be full afterwards, especially if you've been out walking.. We had tea and cakes (from the excellent local Cinnamon Twist bakery) before dinner the second night.

Rating: 9/10 stars


Stayed on 15 May 2013

We loved

Spa facilities were lovely and relaxing. Staff were very friendly and approachable.

Don’t expect

Room 6 where we stayed was a little small and extremely warm, despite the heating not being on! There were also two power cuts during our three-day stay.

Rating: 8/10 stars