Travel: Yorkshire

by Jane Hayward on Thursday, 31 January 2013

A glam courtyard pool reminiscent of Provence has helped the Feversham Arms Hotel & Verbena Spa – once a traditional inn – to convert the artsy market town of Helmsley into the North York Moors' sexiest escape.

Romantic rooms Comforts are piled high Yorkshire-style in 33 hideaway-heaven rooms that are sized from Petite Doubles to spacious, balconied Spa Suites. Romantic DVDs are on tap, and breakfast in bed is a given.

Dreamy days Isolated walks on the Cleveland Way begin in town, though you may get no further than the marketplace! (Saltbox Gallery is great for jewellery, if hinting.) Even on the chilliest days, you'll be tempted by the courtyard's gently steaming, heated pool and bubbling hot tub.

The grand gesture Bliss out with a splurge-y Pamper Me Twice spa package. It begins with a Rasul (a traditional Arabian cleansing ritual), followed by two more treatments, £170pp.

Dine a deux Flickering firepits in the courtyard make twilight cocktails shiveringly romantic. Then it's a few steps to the restaurant, where full, seasonal flavours are served with sophistication.

What it costs Doubles from £180 B&B; £260 dinner, B&B. Call 01439-770766 or visit



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