North Yorkshire, United Kingdom

The Feversham Arms Hotel & Verbena Spa

Rates from (inc tax)$129.78

Price information

If you haven’t entered any dates, the rate shown is provided directly by the hotel and represents the cheapest double room (including tax) available in the next 21 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (21GBP), via openexchangerates.org, using today’s exchange rate.

Style

Snug Victorian inn

Setting

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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Facilities

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Need to know

Rooms

33, including 22 suites.

Check–Out

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

Rates

Double rooms from $129.78 (£100), excluding tax at 20 per cent.

Price information

If you haven’t entered any dates, the rate shown is provided directly by the hotel and represents the cheapest double room (including tax) available in the next 21 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (GBP120.00), via openexchangerates.org, using today’s exchange rate.

More details

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

Also

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.

Poolside

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.

Also

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.

Children

Cots are provided free; folding z-beds for older kids are available for £19 a night. The hotel can recommend a local babysitter, and the restaurant has a children’s menu.

Overview

Cots are provided free; folding z-beds for older kids are available for £19 a night. The hotel can recommend a local babysitter, and the restaurant has a children’s menu.

Best for

Babies and up – children of all ages welcomed.

Recommended rooms

The seven poolside suites are ideal for families. Each has a sitting area with a sofa-bed. 22 is on two floors, with a sofa-bed on the top floor and separate cloakroom. Cots are available free; there's a £19 charge for a Z-bed.

Activities

Ask at reception to borrow colouring books and toys for babies. 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.

Rates

More details

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

Meals

Children are allowed in the restaurant till 8pm. There's a kids' menu with family favourites like homemade soup, chicken nuggets, lemon sole goujons and chocolate pudding with fudge sauce (£5.50 for two courses, £7.50 for three). Staff are happy to heat up milk and baby food.

Babysitting

The hotel can recommend a local babysitter.

No need to pack

There's are plenty of high chairs in the restaurant.

Also

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

Food and Drink

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At the hotel

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.

 

At the 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.

Location

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Address
The Feversham Arms Hotel & Verbena Spa
1-8 High Street, Helmsley, York
YO62 5AG
Helmsley
United Kingdom

Planes

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

Trains

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

Automobiles

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.

Worth getting out of bed for

Reviews

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Anonymous review

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.

We loved

The location is amazing and Helmsley is crammed with foodie and gift shops. The Hotel spa is great too - no need to book a treatment as plenty included in your room rental.

Don’t expect

Avoid the Halcyon suite - hot water stopped half way through a bath and so noisy in the morning we had to be moved. In my opinion, forget the taster menu and stick with a la carte unless you have a very sweet tooth!

Rating

Stayed on 22 Sep 2016

We loved

The room and the service. 9/10

Don’t expect

a room upgrade

Rating

Stayed on 6 Jul 2016

We loved

The spa, the pool, the atmosphere 

Don’t expect

Unflustered service in the restaurant, the staff were lovely but a bit stressed and forgetful.

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Stayed on 1 Jun 2016

We loved

The setting, lovely room. Amazing food - book in advance if you want dinner the night you arrive - we didn't and they had no tables! We booked in for the second night and due to a power cut our food was delayed but they did give us free drinks to compensate! The chateaubriand was beautiful! Book early for spa treatments too as very popular! Outdoor pool was great too. Castle Howard is about 20 minutes away and is definitely worth a visit - amazing history and grounds.

Don’t expect

A vibrant nightlife - not that we went for that anyway!

Rating

Stayed on 22 May 2016

We loved

The spa and quality of the dining. Walking on the North York Moors, the local Italian restaurant.

Don’t expect

Lively nightlife

Rating

Stayed on 4 Apr 2016

We loved

The spacious suite and not too fussy attention from all staff . A friendly and relaxed atmosphere. Traveling up through the moors to the Lordstones cafe for a walk and refreshments is a delight!

Don’t expect

Bargains in the restaurant. Though food is excellent, it's not cheap .

Rating

Stayed on 9 Mar 2016

We loved

Free upgrade to a suite, relaxing spa experience and general relaxed pace of the place. Locally I'd recommend The Black Swan Hotel - expected pub grub, got Michelin Star level food.

Don’t expect

To do any outdoor swimming in the hot tub, in Yorkshire, in February.

Rating

Stayed on 22 Feb 2016

We loved

Lovely room. Warm welcome, including onw for the dog. Great breakfast!

Don’t expect

Cheap dinner; we had good food in the restaurant, but it was expensive.

Rating

Stayed on 1 Feb 2016

We loved

Swimming in a heated pool in December!

Don’t expect

It's an older property, so comes with a few creaks in the floor boards, but that adds to the charm

Rating

Stayed on 22 Dec 2015

We loved

The hospitality and attention to detail in the restaurant!

Don’t expect

A drench shower in room 16; it was too slow flowing for us, though plenty hot (the water temperature was great but the flow was not good).

Rating

Stayed on 21 Dec 2015

We loved

All the staff were very attentive and efficient, and welcoming. The room was spacious and nicely decorated, loved the open fire!!

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Stayed on 19 Oct 2015

We loved

The pool area and outdoor jacuzzi

Don’t expect

Peace and quiet - and a standard room is tiny!

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Stayed on 20 Jul 2015

We loved

The staff who were so friendly and helpful, the restaurant- the food was really good particularly the cheeseboard! The swimming pool and spa were lovely.

Rating

Stayed on 20 Jul 2015

We loved

The pool area is devine

Don’t expect

Air conditioning.

Rating

Stayed on 12 Jun 2015

We loved

Food was excellent, loved the outdoor pool and jacuzzi.

Don’t expect

Maybe have local ale on tap!

Rating

Stayed on 15 Feb 2015

We loved

It felt very comfortable straight away. The staff were very attentive and ensure a warm welcome. The food was excellent, both dinner and breakfast.

Don’t expect

Possibly more input from the spa staff and/or inducement to use it might be good as in a single night stay we did not find this was encouraged - perhaps if one stays longer or re-visits this would be easier.

Rating

Stayed on 14 Nov 2014

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