Idyllic hotel set in heart of Yorkshire
Forget going abroad ... think the rolling hills of North Yorkshire for your holiday. Reporter Selina Maycock finds out more
IF I WERE to say "Heartbeat", you'd immediately think of the North Yorkshire Moors, with its rolling landscape, autumnal tones and farmland looking its best.
All of the above would also describe the scenery around The Coniston Hotel – situated less than eight miles from Skipton.
The stunning surroundings took our breath away, when we were given a Land Rover tour around the Bannister family's 1,400-acre estate.
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The hotel – complete with bar, Macleod's restaurant, huntsman's lodge with clay pigeon shooting ranch, golf driving range, falconry centre and a 4x4 driving experience – has just added 22 bedrooms and is awaiting the construction of a new spa to complete the four-star facilities.
Our luxury room was of modern décor and the patio doors led out onto a private patio area which overlooked the 24-acre lake.
Macleod's bar is ideally situated overlooking the central valley and its cosy atmosphere is the ideal place to sit back and watch the world go by.
Hungry for some true countryside action, I took part in a 4x4 taster session as part of the on-site Land Rover experience.
My instructor gave me a taste of the action as he drove it around a mini assault course complete with a 90 per cent vertical drop.
As I sat in amazement, the vehicle had its nose in the sky before taking a dive over and into the drop below.
Clinging on for dear life, he took the car onto its side, wing mirror just millimetres from the mounds of soil.
After my one-hour driving session I had a blast with 100 golf balls on the driving range under the watchful eye of an instructor.
We dined in the Macleod's restaurant and out of the previous country retreats I have dined in, this one is simply stunning. The warm service from staff was impressive and the food homely.
I had goat's cheese hash cakes, tomato coulis and peanut brittle for starter, a hearty steak and ale casserole with chunky home-cooked chips for main and fresh strawberry and cream pavlova for dessert, and just when I thought I couldn't fit anything else in, the cutest mini cakes accompanied the coffee.
The next morning, breakfast was continental plus the choice of a full cooked breakfast.
After checking out, we perused the Yorkshire Dales and stopped at Settle for an afternoon tea to help to round off our perfect Yorkshire mini-break.
The Coniston Hotel offers special short break and holiday packages throughout the year. The new "family break" is proving popular, with families able to enjoy a one-night stay in spacious luxury accommodation with their own patio or balcony, together with breakfast and a half-day family falconry experience.
The Family Break costs £249 for two adults and up to two children aged 16 or under. Seven days a week, The Coniston Hotel also offers its famous "Dales Dash" breaks, with bed and breakfast available from only £62.50 per person, per night, sharing a classic double room.
Call 01756 748080 or visit www.theconiston hotel.com