What We Love
- A Victorian mansion in 35 acres of North Yorkshire woodland, with breakfast, dinner and cream teaFeasting on Whitby’s fresh fish in the hotel’s fine dining restaurant
- Playing at being the fitness-focused lord of the manor on the estate’s very own jogging trail, with a breather by the beautiful lake
- Picking up some delicious souvenirs at the region’s regular local markets to treat our envious friends back home
What To Know
- The property's gardens are home to peacocks and other wildlife
- The afternoon tea and scones are a staple
- Free WiFi
Set in a stunning baronial mansion between the North Yorkshire Moors and the North East coast, Grinkle Park is an elegant boutique hotel surrounded by 35 acres of stately grounds and woodlands. It has all the class of an elegant Victorian country house, with its high-embossed ceilings and fine wooden panelling – made all the more cosy on chilly days by a roaring fire. Modern luxury has also made its home within the imposing stone walls, with newly refurbished bedrooms boasting beautiful modern furnishings and all your creature comforts.
Make like a lord or lady with dinner in the elegant fine dining restaurant, where you’ll find seasonal menus of locally sourced delights such as Whitby’s famous fresh fish. You can work up an appetite with a leisurely lakeside stroll or a run round the jogging trail. The lovely grounds have plenty of peace and quiet for travellers in search of a quiet break, while the haunting beauty of the North Yorkshire Moors beckons nearby. The charming country retreat picked up a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence.
How to Get There
Beautiful grounds, easy parking, impressive building. A very friendly greeting and check in from the smiley staff members. A massive twin bedroom (unfortunately looking down on rubbish bins but with further views of countryside) and bathroom with shower over bath. Lounge areas are plentiful and comfortably furnished.
As mentioned by others on here the breakfasts are very small. Never before have I been presented with just half a tomato to accompany my two slices of bacon (I did ask for, and receive, two halves of tomato on the second day.) The table d'hote evening meals were edible but nothing special. The two evenings we ate in the dining room there was no fish on the menu - apart from fishcake as a starter. To my mind herbs, especially sage, were overused and unnecessary.
A nice touch was the little "gift" of wrapped biscuits on our arrival. However the other packeted biscuits, and the tea tray and its surroundings were covered in dust!
Would I return - yes.
On arrival I thought this was going to be a 5 star rating. The grounds were spectacular the buildings superb, and the reception staff most welcoming once she got round to us. The room was most appealing and clean, spotlessly clean, evening thing was there, right down to an ironing board, not that we had any plans for ironing.
Being lazy on two occasions we took advantage of the room service superb examples of service and quality, at this point I have to praise the younger members of staff and the cleaners. They were most pleasant, attentive, courteous, all the nice thing one hopes for in this type of hotel, Grinkle Park you can be proof of them for they did you proud.
Other things that were good, was easy parking and all the other amenities in and around the hotel, the weather too was good but no bonus points for that.
So why the low score, a minor issue maybe but there are no lifts, that I can appreciate but a concierge might have been nice, I noticed a lot of people struggling with the stairs and luggage. Nothing too damning yet, but I did need assistance from the hotel on one occasion, talk about ‘your on your own Jack’ to the point of being rude and I wasn’t the only one that day in need of assistance and to be fair they did have the same unhelpful rebuttal, there were younger members of staff looking on in horror, no doubt considering what if rolls had been reversed.
I have already mentioned the high standard of room service unfortunately that didn’t extend to the restaurant, the food I felt was not up to expectation, but hey, maybe that’s me. Wine however was priced retail times three, I know because I ordered a wine that I know. One dirty wine glass and two dirty and chipped cups didn’t enamour me to the dinning area either. One last word of warning when ordering something in the restaurant, be specific and spell it out. I ordered sausages and eggs for breakfast and I got one one sausage and one egg, I thought rationing was back.
I did say the room was well equipped, it was except for one minor thing, there is no air conditioning which is fine and quieter but a fan would have gone down well.
I have already praised the young staff, the older staff however could do with a little training in back to basics perhaps they’ve been there too long and in a bit of a rut.
Am I too mean and critical? perhaps but Hotels with high standards should live up too expectation, always. Would I go again is the important question, yes I would, I’ll put this down to bad luck and a belief that all things can be fixed. Would I recommend to a friend yes, with a speek up message when it’s not right.
Just back from weekend away at Grinkle Park to celebrate our wedding anniversary and it was delightful. We had meals on both evenings in the restaurant - the menu varied each night and was fixed price for two or three courses. The food was delicious and quality of service was excellent. All staff were friendly and polite even when they were a little under pressure due to a large family group celebrating a birthday. Breakfast was nice and to be honest better cooked on Saturday than on Sunday as again the large group all wanting to eat at once seemed to put kitchen under pressure and service was not quite as prompt.
Our room was lovely and very comfortable overlooking the gardens, which were a pleasure to explore and sit in with a nice drink in afternoon and after dinner.
Made a special time for us even more special by us staying here and we wouldn’t hesitate to recommend or stay again
Location perfect for exploring North Yorkshire. 30 min drive from Whitby and Robin hood bay. Hotel grounds were really nice and peaceful, great to explore. Overall really nice place to stay, very traditional.
Had a lovely afternoon tea here today, a great place to meet family and dine while enjoying the views of the beautiful grounds. Could not fault the delicious food or service, (they catered well for but allergy) will definitely return again soon.