The best spa hotels in Yorkshire for a relaxing break – Good Housekeeping uk

From splendid county houses to sleek urban retreats, the region is perfect for a pampering escape
Yorkshire – or ‘God’s Own County’ as the locals describe it – is a brilliant choice for a

weekend away or a staycation, whether in its historic cities or gorgeous swathes of countryside including the national parks of the Yorkshire Dales, the North York Moors and the the Peak District. But, it’s especially fantastic for a pampering break, with an array of divine spa hotels in Yorkshire to please all tastes and pockets.
Among the best hotels in York and surrounding areas you’ll find stellar spa retreats. None of the following recommendations are ordinary. Just like the best spa hotels in London and the Cotswolds, many of Yorkshire’s spa hotels add Michelin-starred or other fine dining to the indulgent mix. Some even have outdoor elements to their spas in defiance of the unpredictable English weather, and each will leave you feeling shiny and new.
Ready to switch off and enjoy a well-deserved dose of R&R? Enjoy a day at any of our top spa hotels in Yorkshire and you’re sure to leave feeling Zen.
Sitting mainly within the Nidderdale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB), this 20,000-acre estate includes a country-house hotel, a glamping site, a cookery school, and a country club and spa. And what a spa it is: there’s a thermal suite with a salt room, an indoor swimming pool, a hydrotherapy pool, and a spa garden with a natural wild-swimming pool, a hot tub, a fire-pit and a herbal sauna.
Family-run since the 1880s, the estate also runs parkland wellbeing activities including boot-camps, mindfulness-walking, running and hiking (some along a ‘barefoot path’), plus yoga, tai chi and Pilates. If you want to flake out, head to the Woodland Wellbeing Space with its hammocks, woollen blankets and hot-water bottles.

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Using natural spring waters from its own grounds, the spa at this luxury estate recaptures Harrogate’s spa heritage dating back to the days when wealthy Victorians flocked here to ‘take the waters’. Located on the rooftop, it features hydrotherapy and thermal experiences and the Escape Zone for treatments.
Other indulgences at the property come in form of two restaurants using fresh produce from the a kitchen garden to create contemporary fine dining, brasserie classics and afternoon teas.
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A short hop from Fountains Abbey & Studley Royal Water Gardens, this fairly intimate jewel in a stately 1600s mansion along the River Skell invites rejuvenation in its indoor swimming pool, indoor-to-outdoor hydrotherapy pool, and thermal experiences including a snow room, plus a spa lounge with nutritious treats and an outdoor terrace.
There’s also a state-of-the-art gym. Refuelling doesn’t come any more civilised than in the five indulgent restaurants, including the Michelin-starred Shaun Rankin at Grantley Hall.
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Part of the Bolton Abbey Estate, this 17th-century property provides the perfect base for discovering theYorkshire Dales, but its unique spa within an ancient barn will lure you to stay on site. In addition to its therapy rooms, indoor pool, relaxation space with lovely views and gym, it features The Secret Spa with bell tents, hosting outdoor retreats for two. They come with cosy log-burners, beanbags, robes, slippers, onesies and hot-water bottles, plus a picnic hamper with brunch, lunch or afternoon tea.
Much of the artwork at this charming bolthole comes from Chatsworth House in the Peak District, owned by the same aristrocratic family, the Devonshires.
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Constructed in 1906 as a ‘Palace Of Business’ for an Edwardian railway company, this stylish hotel in the heart of the historic city conceals a sleek gem of a spa within the atmospheric former vaults. In this secluded, hidden-away space, you’ll find a swimming pool, a spa whirlpool and an aromatic steam room. Plus, a Nordic dry sauna, and treatment rooms hosting therapies including holistic massages, as well as a state-of-the-art gym. The Grand is also a great place for foodies, with its own cookery school in addition to superb dining in The Rise – including hearty Yorkshire breakfasts.
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In gardens and parkland only minutes from the centre of York, this William III mansion – one of only three Historic House Hotels owned by the National Trust – has a boutique spa within two listed Edwardian cottages in their own enclosed garden. As a well as three treatment rooms, it has a large indoor swimming pool with garden views, a spa bath, a steam room, a sauna, and the Club Room for drinks and snacks.
If you’re feeling energetic, the restored Victorian summer-house comes with a well-equipped gym, too. The 29 guest rooms and suites in the main house and courtyard come with a cosy country-house feel.
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Nestled within birch woodlands northwest of Leeds, on the threshold of the Dales, this one-off property billing itself as the UK’s largest log cabin has a distinctly alpine feel. The spa is unique too, with a lakeside hot tub and teepee in addition to thermal suites and a heated indoor pool. Other activities include cycling and walking.
Accommodation comes in the form of rooms, cabins and lodges, all dog-friendly, and there’s a lakeside restaurant using traditional local ingredients in classic fare given a Yorkshire twist.
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Nestled away in North Yorkshire, this country retreat is centred on a year-round heated outdoor pool beside a cosseting spa offering everything from body scrubs to collagen-packed facials, plus a unique Heat Experience journey through the saunarium, aromatherapy room, steam room, monsoon shower and foot spas, then into the hot tub and heated pool outside.
The Spa-tisserie serves light bites, ensuring you can save room for the upscale seasonal Yorkshire produce served in The Weathervane. Among the rooms are special suites in the spa wing, with balconies or Juliette balconies, some with pool views.
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A historic mansion at the end of a sweeping tree-lined drive within handsome landscaped gardens, this West Yorkshire country house a short hop from buzzing Leeds is a place for respite or activity – or a mix of both. Golfers flock here for the 27-hole championship course and driving range, while fitness fiends adore the Zumba, Pilates, yoga, spin and other expert-led classes. But, there’s also indulgence in store, whether it’s at the spa with its pool, Jacuzzi, sauna, steam room and terrace, in the opulent champagne bar, or in two welcoming restaurants. Choose between contemporary rooms in the modern wing (refurbed in 2022) and traditional suites in the original manor.
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This West Yorkshire country house hotel high on a hill amongst 100 acres is a blissful place to escape and recharge, with just 44 elegant bedrooms, some with sleigh beds, and a compact spa with an indoor pool, spa pool, steam room and its own delicious menu.
Alternatively, feast on traditional afternoon tea from tiered stands in The Drawing Room and classic British dining with a contemporary twist in The Georgian Restaurant, which showcases the region’s finest produce against the idyllic backdrop of the Wharfe Valley.
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