North Yorkshire, United Kingdom

The Feversham Arms Hotel & Verbena Spa

Rates per night from$217.71

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Snug Victorian inn


Moorland market town near York

Set in the charming market town of Helmsley on the cusp of the North York Moors, The Feversham Arms Hotel & Verbena Spa is an elegant Victorian-era boutique hotel, ideally situated for walking in wellies through the wild and wuthering moorland, shopping and sightseeing in historic York or just staying in for pampering at the spa. Whatever you choose, cosy rooms with duck-down pillows will keep you warm and dry, and the two intimate bars will keep you, well, well-hydrated. The restaurant features Yorkshire game and fish from the North Sea.

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Photos The Feversham Arms Hotel & Verbena Spa facilities

Need to know


33, including 20 suites.


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


Double rooms from $217.71 (£175), excluding tax at 20 per cent.

More details

Rates exclude a five per cent service charge, and 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

Library with a laptop. In-room: Smart TV’s, open fires, balconies and Temple Spa 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 31–36 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.


As well as an outdoor heated pool and Jacuzzi, the Verbena Spa has expansive heat experience facilities which include an aromatherapy room, salt inhalation chamber, saunarium, monsoon shower, foot spas and a rasul experience. The extensive treatment list includes facials, massages, scrubs, wraps and exfoliations that will leave you rejuvenated head to toe.

Packing tips

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


There’s a compulsory dinner on Saturdays.


Dogs are welcome and can stay in any rooms apart from Spa suites. Be aware that furry friends aren't allowed in the lounge or restaurant. Just let the hotel know when booking. See more pet-friendly hotels in North Yorkshire.


Cots are provided free; folding z-beds and sofa beds are available. For 4 to 15 year olds, there's an additional cost of £35 a child a night for bed and breakfast. The hotel can recommend a local babysitter, and the restaurant has a children’s menu.


There is an additional cost of £35 per child for bed and breakfast for children aged between 4 and 15. Folding z-beds and sofa beds are available on request and cots are provided for free. The hotel restaurant has a children’s menu. Plus, hotel staff can recommend a local babysitter should you need one.

Best for

Babies and up – children of all ages welcomed.

Recommended rooms

The four poolside suites are ideal for families. Each has a living area with a sofa-bed. 22 is on two floors, with a sofa-bed on the top floor and separate cloakroom.


The most popular attractions for children nearby are the large, outdoor adventure playground at Castle Howard, and the North Yorkshire Moors Railway.

Swimming pool

There's a large heated outdoor pool, open throughout the year.


Children are allowed in the restaurant till 8pm. There's a kids' menu with family favourites like homemade soup, roasted chicken, fish and chips and ice cream (three courses for £10). Staff are happy to heat up milk and baby food.


The hotel can recommend a local babysitter.

No need to pack

There are plenty of high chairs in the restaurant.


All rooms have TVs, and there are DVD and CD players available on request. A few children's DVDs are available to borrow.

Food and Drink

Photos The Feversham Arms Hotel & Verbena Spa food and drink

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.

Dress Code

Squires and sportsmen.

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.


Photos The Feversham Arms Hotel & Verbena Spa location
The Feversham Arms Hotel & Verbena Spa
1-8 High Street, Helmsley, York
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.


Photos The Feversham Arms Hotel & Verbena Spa reviews
Gemma Newland

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 or villa, 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.

We loved

We loved the heated, outdoor pool. 


Stayed on 25 Apr 2019

We loved

The village of Helmsley is a lovely place with quite a few interesting shops and coffee shops. The hotel is well positioned in the village, the outside of the hotel is very appealing as is the reception and sitting areas. We found the evening meal to be of excellent quality but rather a lot of food, that is, of course, personal taste, the menu is quite extensive which is nice, we have eaten here previously and have found the food to be of good quality although this is the first time for an evening meal. We found the staff throughout the hotel to be very attentive and courteous. The bed was comfortable with good quality bed linen.

Don’t expect

The room we had was very tired and did need upgrading, the pieces of furniture in the room did not match which was a pity. The bathroom needs attention as for some reason the shaver point had been blocked off which is not good if you do not have a shaver that is self charging, luckily my husband always charges his shaver whenever we travel but to have the shaver point blocked off we found rather strange and would have been very annoying under normal circumstances. Whilst we found the evening meal to be extremely good the Continental Breakfast was really let down by the fact that there was no choice of bread only toast which was a great pity as all other aspects of the breakfast were quite good.


Stayed on 12 Feb 2019

We loved

We loved the heated outdoor pool and hot tub!

Don’t expect

Don't expect ultra modern surroundings – this is very country and rural style!


Stayed on 9 Sep 2018

We loved

The staff incredibly helpful, friendly. The swimming pool is heated and deep. A great feature. Marmite butter was a revelation. The food was first rate. Everything was cooked to perfection.

Don’t expect

Gorgeous hotel. Whilst beautiful, the hotel is tired looking in a couple of areas.


Stayed on 6 Aug 2018

We loved

We loved the warm and helpful staff who were friendly even under pressure. The manager was especially focused on individualised service. The food was very special, absolutely delicious. Although the service was slow, we didn't mind. Comfortable bed. Lovely poolside and spa which was a little crowded in the heatwave outside! Take a trip to the quaint little town of Helmsley. Lovely walking straight from the hotel into the countryside.

Don’t expect

Rooms are nice but nothing special. Probably needs some updating as well as carpet in the main corridor.


Stayed on 30 Jun 2018

We loved

The warm friendly greeting as we arrived tired from a long drive, the beautiful room with its nice touches like homemade shortbread, the comfortable beds, powerful showers, the lovely pool in its pretty courtyard and the delicious cooking at dinner. Helmsley Vineyard – lovely little cafe in the old greenhouse of a walled garden, very peaceful, just away from the main square. Also walking through the grounds of Duncombe Park. And the castle is a must with children.

Don’t expect

A focus on children – they were made really welcome and the children's menu was very nice, but it is a grownup hotel that genuinely welcomes families rather than having children's play areas etc.


Stayed on 7 Apr 2018

We loved

The room, the spa, the food, the location, the staff, the view, the drinks and the weather (it snowed); just a fabulous place. Have a mooch around the village square and quaint shops.

Don’t expect

To be able to get a treatment in the spa if you haven't booked as it is a very busy place.


Stayed on 17 Mar 2018

We loved

Location in the middle of Helmsley which is a lovely North Yorks town. The staff were friendly, attentive and helpful. The food was very good – set menu at 3 courses for £50. Not cheap but worth it. Most of the acres in Helmsley are great, just walk in and try some. The walk to Rievaulx Abbey is lovely. About an hour each way at an easy pace.

Don’t expect

A fantastic spa: the sauna, steam room and Jacuzzi are small and when we were there the outdoor pool was out of action. That meant everyone was trying the indoor facilities at the same time so there weren't enough hooks for the number of robes. Might sound a minor issue but when you wear specs and you want to enter a steam room or sauna you leave them in the robe pocket and hang them up – not put them on the floor in a heap!!! A great room – the one we had was tired and the fittings (desk, shelf, coat hooks, bath panel etc) were VERY basic and not what we expected for the price. These two issues took the edge off our stay which was a birthday treat for Mrs D. The hotel halved our drinks bill as a gesture of goodwill but we would rather have had a good room and sauna.


Stayed on 23 Feb 2018

We loved

The professionalism of all of the staff and their attention to detail throughout our stay. The Market Town has so much to offer as a visitor experience; also, there are some great walks nearby.

Don’t expect

Lively nights; instead enjoy the restaurant's brilliant food and wine.


Stayed on 12 Nov 2017

We loved

The professionalism and friendliness of the staff and the attention to detail in the room. The warm swimming pool. Helmsley is a lovely small market town with lots of great cafes and small shops. It has good walks to Rievaux Abbey and around the castle.

Don’t expect

The Jacuzzi to be empty on a Saturday afternoon. The pool is not for anyone who is serious about swimming lengths but is great for relaxation.


Stayed on 14 Oct 2017