Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

The MOORS the Merrier; A VISIT TO A BEAUTIFUL AND HISTORIC FOUR-STAR HOTEL ON THE EDGE OF THE NORTH YORK MOORS NATIONAL PARK, GAVE ALAN FORMBY-JACKSON a Break to Remember

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

The MOORS the Merrier; A VISIT TO A BEAUTIFUL AND HISTORIC FOUR-STAR HOTEL ON THE EDGE OF THE NORTH YORK MOORS NATIONAL PARK, GAVE ALAN FORMBY-JACKSON a Break to Remember

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Byline: ALAN FORMBY-JACKSON

PICTURESQUE, tranquil, stunning - North Yorkshire really is a breath of fresh air. With miles of natural beauty, this enchanting region is also home to historic castles, abbeys, priories and quaint villages.

If you love the outdoors, this is the perfect area to pull on your walking boots and explore breathtaking coastal paths, valleys and forests all in the same day, or hire a bike and explore the wonderful landscape even further.

We were staying in Gisborough Hall, which is on the outskirts of the pretty town of Guisborough.

Although relatively small, Guisborough offers plenty for the keen tourist to do. Situated on the edge of the North York Moors National Park, it is a place steeped in history. "Gighesbore" is listed in the Domesday Book and the ruined Gisborough Priory dates back to the 12th century.

For more of the area's history head to Guisborough Museum, which occupies the old Stable Block at the rear of Sunnyfield House. It was established in 1989 and currently displays more than a thousand objects.

Must-see... Picture: Ian Gisborough Priory is a must-see when visiting this area. The Priory of St Mary of Gisborough was one of the earliest houses of the Augustinian order in England. It was founded in 1119 by Robert de Brus, on land bequeathed by William the Conqueror. The Norman gatehouse at the western end of the site is the only surviving element of the original Priory, but this small snippet gives you an idea of the fantastic building that once stood here.

Back to the present day though, and Guisborough Hall, a Victorian mansion built in 1856, which combines modern day luxury with traditional features and is the former home of the family of Lord Gisborough.

It is a Grade II listed building and now serves as a hotel as well as a popular venue for wedding receptions.

Gisborough Priory McIntyre We were in a feature double room which is located in the original old Hall. It had a beautiful view of the surrounding countryside and the room came with what you would expect for a hotel like this - TV, Nespresso coffee machine, Penhaligon's tolietries, chocolates, bathrobes and slippers and even a decanter of sherry!

The room could easily be classed as a suite, with its high ceiling, comfy chairs and impressive bathroom.

After settling in and looking for some relaxation before dinner, we headed to the hotel's Revival Zone.

Soft music and flickering candlelight help to set the scene, as the therapists soothed our cares away. We opted for the deep tissue muscle massage which, as you can imagine, really hit the spot.

The spa does plenty of treatments to suit everyone, from facials to detox and body therapies, including an exotic lime and ginger salt glow and an exotic frangipani body wrap.

After feeling suitably refreshed, we went down for dinner at the hotel's Chaloner's Restaurant. …

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