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Thursday, April 09, 2015

Travel: Stay up north at The Black Swan, Helmsley

the black swan helmsley exterior
the black swan helmsley bedroom

bathroom the black swan helmsley

executive double bedroom the black swan helmsley
view over market town of helmsley

retro phone home hotel

The Executive Room

I was delighted to be invited to stay at the wonderfully quaint Black Swan Hotel in the small North Yorkshire market town of Helmsley. 

Due to our long drive from Sussex we were offered to stay for Friday and Saturday night, with bed and breakfast included on both and a six course tasting dinner menu on the saturday night (blog post to follow), a striking deal in my eyes, so I jumped at the chance. 
The journey was long as expected, but a wonderful comfy bed greeted us at the finish line. Plump beds and super soft linen, I couldn't fault, it was hard to get out of in the morning because I was so snug and its a really tough comparison as I have the best mattress back home. 

We had a beautiful view across the village square which was bustling in the morning. 
We had everything we needed, tea and coffee making facilities, combined shower and bath and a cute retro phone to marvel over, take pictures and of course put to its use when needed. 
The duck egg blue and light green colour scheme of the room was fresh and welcoming. 

wakey wakey breakfast

breakfast at the black swan hotel, gallery restaurant

full english yorkshire breakfast the black swan hotel

Breakfast at the Gallery Restaurant

Breakfast - the most exciting part of the day!
We were treated to a traditional Yorkshire full-english breakfast and it didn't disappoint. 
Every element was as scrummy as the next, the eggs oozing fresh orange and the herby sausages mouthwatering.

Various fruit juices, cereal and pastries were all also provided at the buffer style main table, while a selection of toast and tea and coffee was provided at the table via waiter service. 

little shambles york

brew and brownie york

cathedral in york

Visiting York

Having heard lots of lovely things about York, I knew we would have to visit being so close. 
A mere 30 minute drive from Helmsley and we were in the center of York. 
York was bustling, I was surprised at how busy, and how big the place is too! For some reason I had a vision of York as being a small, quaint historic town - little did I know - its huge!

We stopped for a bite to eat at 'Brew and Brownie' (cue appreciation for name*), and indeed we did stop off for a 'brew' and a 'browie'. We shared a mars brownie which we then washed down with a brew. 

How very yorkshire of us! (As my fellow yorkshire mother would say)

York lived up to its expectations, pretty rows of shops, the little shambles showing off cute, odd-shaped buildings, a beautiful cathedral and lush green parks. 
I may have enjoyed a spot of shopping too at the resident H&M - woops!

the black swan helmsley charm history

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The hotel itself is bursting with character appeal, with the building dating back 500 years, you can really feel the history, style and charm. With lounge areas featuring crackling open fireplaces, and oak beams hidden round every corner, this place is oozing history and contemporary influences.
There's also a famous tearoom serving afternoon tea which I heard is definitely worth a try. 

I'd loved my stay at the Black Swan Helmsley and really wish I had more time to explore the local areas and the surrounding North Yorkshire moors. The time I did have went too fast, but was much enjoyable. If I'm visiting the area again I'd love to try out the famous Black Swan tearoom for some cream tea! 
In my next post I will share with you my indulgent six course dinner I had the pleasure of tasting. 

For a stay less further afield, here's my recommendation of where to stay in London, or if a country retreat is more your style, check out my review of Bluestone National Park in Wales.

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  1. This looks totally adorable, the photo by the window looks like a painting!


  2. This looks gorgeous! Love the view over the square xx

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