Wherever you go in Yorkshire you are guaranteed a warm welcome but these hotels have been handpicked for their superb attitude towards shooting parties.
From gun cleaning and kennelling to a comfortable bed and a strong selection of local produce on the menu, there are myriad things that shooting parties want when seeking hotel accommodation ahead of or after a day in the field. Here’s our list of Yorkshire’s finest…
The Black Swan, Helmsley
One of the biggest jewels in Yorkshire’s sporting hotels crown. A trip to the Black Swan is to experience the best of everything the county has to offer. Private dining is one of the key attractions – there are three rooms to choose from along with a private lounge and private bar – and during the season you can’t move for tweeds and Range Rovers. The hotel is well used to dealing with the wants of its shooting parties, and that’s why so many come back season after season.
Blue Bell Inn, Weaverthorpe
When not serving shooting parties in one of his dining rooms, owner Jarrod Fisher can be found chatting to locals about his own day in the field, and whatever the topic of conversation his kitchen’s hearty menu will fill a hole before and after shoot day. For an overnight stay, ask about one of their six Champagne Rooms.
The Boar’s Head, Ripley
This old coaching inn is the focal point of the Ripley Castle shoot and as such the hotel is accustomed to dealing with lots of shooting parties. The village of Ripley is only three miles north of Harrogate so it really is in the heart of the county and visitors here can access sporting opportunities across the whole of Yorkshire – you may not need to travel so far if you stick to the shoot on the doorstep.
Middleton Lodge, Richmond
There’s nothing wrong with wanting to feel like lord of the manor, and you can hire the whole of this Georgian mansion if you want to. Bookworms will be spoilt in the library and snooker-lovers can enjoy a frame next door. Guests heading over to Coach House for dinner or down the Cellar Bar for a nightcap will be rewarded for their appetite – just be aware of the time if you opt for the latter.
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The Devonshire Arms, Bolton Abbey
Situated on the southern fringes of the Yorkshire Dales, this hotel offers a touch of 17th century charm combined with everything you would expect from a luxury 21st century country hotel. Shooting parties can retreat to the bliss of the spa, a superb restaurant or the banks of the River Wharfe after shoot day.
A very special restaurant and hotel between Leyburn and Hawes. With themed bedrooms ranging from the James Bond and Malt Whisky to the Black Sheep and the Shooters room, it is popular all year round with people in the know.
Simonstone Hall sits in an area where the wind blows and the bird fly like rockets, but the tranquil atmosphere of the hotel provides the perfect antidote to the stormy world outside. A grand staircase leads to 18 bedrooms with beautiful furnishings and stunning views. Relaxing lounges with log fires provide the perfect haven to relax and unwind.
The Star at Harome
Situated on the edge of the North York Moors, this nine-bedroom hotel has long been a favourite for sportsmen. This year it has regained its Michelin star, and deservedly so.
The Talbot at Malton
Nestling in this picturesque market town near the edge of the North York Moors, the Talbot has built a strong reputation for itself since its £4m restoration earlier in the 2010s. Comfortable and classic are two words to describe a truly wonderful interior that helps make this hotel so popular.
Just off Helmsley’s market place, the distinctly modern feel at this 33-bedroom hotel draws custom from right around Yorkshire, with many visitors intent on sampling the full delights of the on-site Verbena Spa. The restaurant serves an accomplished range of dishes, many taken from the local area, and even the smallest offering will satisfy a game shooter’s appetite. The hotel staff here are well drilled thanks to the guidance and vast experience of general manager Charles Merchie.