Friday, 5 May 2017

Life | A Luxury Stay At The Dog Friendly Ox Pasture Hall - Scarborough.

Luxury & dog friendly are two phrases that don't usually go hand in hand with one another, and to be honest it's something we've struggled with particularly when it comes to weekends away or holidays... That's where Ox Pasture Hall swoops in to save the day!

There's been so many times where Dan & I have either not gone away because we've struggled to get a dog sitter, or we've compromised on our accommodation to ensure we could have a puppy friendly, family fun holiday. It can be so exhausting trying to organise even just a few days away, it quite often takes the fun away from holidaying, so when Ox Pasture Hall got in touch asking if we'd like to stay with them, all three of us jumped (and one of us wagged our tails) at the chance! 

During the weekend Dan, Willow & I spent the long bank holiday break enjoying the countryside & indulging in a bit of luxury in the dog friendly hotel in Yorkshire. We wanted to make the most of what both the area & the hotel had to offer, and I think it's pretty safe to say we did.

Kirkham Priory & The River Derwent.







Setting off from Leeds & knowing that we'd need to stop off somewhere half way between home and Scarborough to let Willow stretch her legs, it seemed only natural for us to end up in Malton. After doing a bit of google research we found a super picturesque walk starting at Kirkham Priory and followed the River Derwent. I love walks like this purely because you just can't go wrong, there's been so many times where Dan & I have gotten peed off with each other because we're both so bad at map reading & quite often get lost, but with this one, it's a no brainer! 

The priory itself was beautifully quaint, only quite small in size, but you could easily spend an hour or two there, in fact it'd be the perfect spot to open your picnic hamper, lay down your blanket and enjoy a warm summers day. We however took a backpack & headed straight off for our walk. Walking away from the priory and back towards the main road, we took the immediate left and made our way down the public footpath with the river on our left hand side. The walk took us through green fields, wooded areas and farmers fields, all of which made for a really interesting walk.

It's so nice to get away from our usual walks in Leeds and do something a little different, I'd definitely recommend taking a few hours out & visiting Kirkham Priory.

Ox Pasture Hall.








We arrived at the hotel & were instantly hit with luxury... I mean, look at those gardens! I'd be living the dream if my house even looked remotely like this place, it's just stunning and was a complete & well needed treat for us.

The walk to our room began through a highly decorated, perfectly symmetrical garden where the main feature was a huge stone water feature and pond. A quick right turn took us through a paved courtyard with yet another water feature and some beautiful bistro sets perfect for sipping your lattes on a morning. The courtyard was home to around ten or so different rooms, one of which was ours; The Filey room.

The Filey Room.










We were instantly blown away by the fact that we were given a suite! A mother effing suite. And what a stunning suite it was! Before we could even take in the beauty of the room however, Willow had other ideas; her super sensitive nose has already sniffed out the complimentary desserts and she was off like a shot. We didn't clock onto what she was doing at first, but Dan & I quickly restrained her, honestly it must have looked like something out of a comedy show, it was so funny. And it turns out she was right, the tray of goodies provided were delicious, and we enjoyed everything before even unpacking.

The living area comprised of a small, but perfectly plumped and patterned sofa which sat alongside a dark wood coffee table and TV unit. The furniture throughout the suite was to die for, I love rustic & chunky woods in the home, give me that look over contemporary white interiors any day. I'd love to know where Ox Pasture Hall bought their furniture from, because I'd fill my home with it all day long!

The bedroom was humongous! It was super light and yet cosy at the same time because of the rustic style interior. The bed I believe was a King size, which let me tell you was a total treat! When you share a standard double with someone every night, sleeping in a King size gave us so much extra room! We both got to starfish!

And now onto my favourite room in the suite. The bathroom! If this isn't living the dream, I don't know what is! Even now I can't decide what the best bit was... Was it the double bath? The travertine tiles? The double counter top sinks? The overhead rain shower? Or maybe even the waterfall taps? I'm really not sure, but what I am sure about, is that the bathroom is absolutely bloody gorgeous!

The Grounds.






The hotel grounds were perfect for dog walking. Out the back of the building was a huge green field, decorated beautifully with dark wood pergolas, blossoming trees and stag statues. Willow loved the stag statues, It must have been her puppy instincts but she went straight up to smell their metal butts, it was so funny. We definitely had a few giggles about that!

Evening Preparations. 






Before visiting the dog friendly hotel in Yorkshire, I'd done a little bit of research and thankfully made the right decision in taking all of my bath time & pamper treats! Girl gotta make the most of that bath right? To begin my super indulgent pamper afternoon I cleansed with the ever faithful Body Shop Camomile cleanser & my new bits from Antique Apothecary, together they've been my go to skincare routine recently, they're the perfect pairing and have really made a difference to my skins appearance!

Sinking into the bubbles was absolute bliss & it so nice to take a bit of time out, especially after walking six miles earlier on in the day. My indulgence was mirrored with Willows, while I was enjoying the pamper, our little pupper was enjoying the carpet. We don't have carpet at home as all of our floors are wood, so she was absolutely loving the comfort of having a softer materiel under her paws - It was so cute!

The Five Course Taster Menu.








We headed down the the restaurant at 6:30 and were instantly shown to our table in the Courtyard room with and a glass of bubbly was popped in my hand quicker than you can say 'Ox Pasture Hall' - What's not to love!

For the evening meal we were prompted to have the taster menu, which if I'm honest isn't something either of us what have usually gone for, but I'm so glad that we did. It was so nice to step out of our comfort zones and indulge in food we wouldn't have usually tasted. Thankfully each individual course was to die for.

We were given two starters, the first being an onion mousse, which like I say is something I would never have gone for, but I was really pleasantly surprised. The mousse was served alongside crunchy granola bites and slices of refreshing Chinese radish; All the elements of the meal had totally different tastes and textures, but when put together were absolutely divine. Starter numero dos was mackerel rolled up in toasted home made bread served with tarte and celeriac textures - A yummy scrummy concoction.
Mains was my absolute favourite dish! Beef, which was served pink in the middle (the best way) with dauphinoise potatoes, carrots, pickled blackberry & the most delicious red wine jus.
As well as two starters we were also given two deserts. Woe is me right? We were given possibly the zingiest desert I think I've ever eaten, it tasted so blooming delicious, but it made me pull the funniest of faces - Thankfully Dan handled it a bit better than I did, so we didn't look totally mad. And if one dessert wasn't enough we were also given a selection of what I believe to be handmade chocolates to finish.

What a perfect meal! With perfect company! We're definitely more inclined now to step out of our comfort zones food wise, as we both enjoyed absolutely everything that was popped in front of us. It was delicious!

The Breakfast.





After a cosy nights sleep, we headed down for breakfast & were seated in the same dining room on the opposite table to where we were the previous evening. There were cereals, pastries and juices readily available which Dan & I of course went straight for. I love going away purely for the breakfast. Having someone else cook you your brekkie is really the most indulgent thing. After munching on Wheetabix & drowning ourselves in coffee we had two mighty full English brekkies popped in front of us. And how mighty they were! I'm not a breakfast conniseur, but it's funny how so many places can't do a good brekkie, but everything about this one from Ox Pasture Hall was amazing. It's a thumbs up from us!

Cayton Bay.





You can't go to Scarborough & not go to the beach! After doing a bit of research, we found that Cayton Bay, which sits just slightly south of the ever touristy Scarborough beach was the only purely dog friendly beach in the area, and boy didn't everyone know it! The human to dog ratio was insane, Dan & I were certainly in our element! We even managed to adopt ourselves an extra dog for the walk, for some reason a little terrier took more of a fancying to us then his own family. He kept jumping up at Dans legs, it was the cutest thing!

Last weekend is definitely one to be beaten! It was so nice to get away & spend some quality time together & I'll be forever thankful to Ox Pasture Hall for providing us with that.

Have you visited Ox Pasture Hall before? Can you recommend any other dog friendly hotels?

Claire.X
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  1. i absolutely adore Scarborough; it looks like you had such a great time and i'm sure Willow enjoyed the beach! x

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  2. I went here last year for my birthday and it was absolutely glorious! I really want to go back! Xoxo

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