Danielle Gourlay at Scarborough - behind the blondeLast weekend my boyfriend and I took a trip across to sunny Scarborough, North Yorkshire, for a little weekend away at the seaside – and it was gorgeous! The last time I’d been to Scarborough was when I was much younger with my parents but it was a hazy memory which blended in with other seaside resorts. So I was excited to see what this part of Yorkshire looked like now and what there was to do, aside from arcades and fish and chips – which are obviously both a given!luxury scarborough hotelWe stayed the night at this stunning luxury Scarborough hotel called Ox Pasture Hall Hotel, it was buried within the North York Moors with views of green rolling hills as far as the eye could see.Ox pasture hall entranceThis cute cottage style hotel had so much charm and we felt right at home as soon as we walked in.SnugThere was a cosy snug with a log burning fire just off the reception with another sitting area after that and a gorgeous stone bar – so of course we wasted no time ordering drinks!Danielle and samsonAs we walked to find our room there was a series of beautiful gardens and courtyards that just encapsulate all that is quaint about the English countryside.GardensThen our room…Ox Pasture Hall Hotel reviewOx pasture hall living roomOx Pasture Hall Bathroom View in scarborough luxury hotelHotel roomsat on bedI mean I think the pictures speak for themselves; we stayed in the Ilkley suit, which was simply stunning (all of the rooms are named after Yorkshire towns – which I thought was a lovely touch).  The funny thing was that our room (which included a huge bedroom with a king-size bed, a sitting room with a tan leather sofa, desk, TV and the 5 star bathroom) was actually bigger than our apartment in Leeds so it felt even more luxurious to us!Ox pasture hall courtyardView from Ox Pasture Hall HotelAfter admiring the room and taking in the picturesque views from the hotel we wasted no time heading into Scarborough itself and taking a look around. It was only a few miles from our hotel so it only took about 10 mins or so in the car to be transported from countryside to seaside.Danielle Behind the BlondeAs soon as we approached the South Bay there was a lively buzz, which made us race down the hill to see what was going on. We parked near the castle which magically looked down onto the whole of the seafront. I loved peaking into the cute windows and admiring the brightly painted doors trying to guess which were B&Bs and which were just lucky home owners.
Cafe scarboroughScarborough arcadeArcades scarboroughScarborough near fairJoe eating lobster in scarboroughOf course we got food right away, lobster and some chips, oh and an ice cream (even though we knew we’d booked a three course meal at the hotel – piggies). Joe beat me at a game of air hockey (which bothered me far too much), we strolled along the beach which was bustling with families and dogs diving into the sea chasing sticks and just took in the fresh sea air and sounds of seagulls flying above us. It was busy but peaceful at the same time, we were in no rush to go anywhere it was just us two so it was lovely to spend quality time together and it just felt very British

After an a few hours we made our way back to the hotel to get ready for our evening meal, but as we approached the hotel we saw a glimpse of the huge gardens around the back and took a detour.Danielle in garden

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This is where we met, and adopted, our temporary pet cat who proceeded to follow us around for the duration of our stay when we were outside (I of course hugely encouraged this – I love cats so much). We called him Samson.Danielle and the catSamsonOx pasture hall gardenLake from the backSunsetAs you can see the land and the garden boasts loads of beautiful seating areas that you can just picture being scattered with people drinking wine and cocktails in the summer, a stunning still lake, countryside that goes on for miles into the North York Moors and just a stunning view of the gorgeous stone hotel itself. That evening was one of those evenings I will remember, not because anything happened but just because it was so lovely, in a way I can’t really put my finger on. We’re in the process of buying a house and work has been so hectic recently and I’ve not had chance to blog in ages and there’s so much going on, so much pressure, but here at that moment I didn’t care about any of it, we just sat for an hour in the warm evening dusk with our new ‘pet’ cat and talked <3Food at Ox Pasture Hall HotelThe evening meal was divine! I expected it to be posh and tasty, as we had after all booked to stay in a luxury hotel, but OMG it did not disappoint. We both opted for pate to start (my favourite starter ever) and for mains I went for the lamb which was so rich in flavour and fell off the bone and Joe opted for steak which he polished off within about 5 minutes of it arriving! I managed to squeeze in a desert even though I was going to burst, which was exquisite! I chose a hazelnut and chocolate number which went down a treat.

What really stood out to us about our stay was the warmth of the staff and the relaxed but opulent feel of the hotel! dressing gownsWe hobbled back to our room after the three course meal, got into some sumptuous white robes provided in the wardrobe and watched a film in our king size bed, falling asleep like kings.

The next day we had planned to explore Scarborough even more but there was a sadness in packing our things to leave the hotel, as it had been so perfect. We are both planning to go back there in the summer for another evening as I really couldn’t praise the experience highly enough! Danielle at doorSo we waved bye to Samson and the lovely staff and drove back towards Scarborough. This time we parked on the seafront and got involved straight away with a speedboat ride across the bay (guess who’s idea that was?). It was actually hilarious and so much fun, the sun was beaming down and the crashing waves and sharp turns were so good.Scarborough sea front

Scarborough bridgeNext we walked across the big bridge (I’m sure it has a proper name) and the views were stunning, in this weather you think if it was like this all the time in England you wouldn’t need to go abroad as much and you can imagine the Great British seaside how it would have been hundreds of years ago with women in their bathing suits and men in stripy vests and shorts.

Scarborough hotelWe also poked our heads into The Grand Hotel Scarborough after spotting this gigantic monument from the seafront and reading about its history – apparently at one time it was largest hotel in the whole of Europe!

Another round of fish and chips plus ice cream – of course!FoodThen we walked up to the castle and peered into the grounds and made our way round to the North Bay. The North Bay was much less built up and less touristy but equally as beautiful so we walked up to the top of the cliffs and admired the views/Joe pretended to fall off the cliff.Joe cliffOn the way back to Leeds we stopped off in the most perfect little village called Thornton Le-Dale which I would seriously recommend visiting if you are ever heading that way, it was like a postcard: thatched cottages, a stream running through it, ice cream parlours, coffee shops, pubs – just gorgeous.

Danielle and JoeSo our little visit to the seaside turned out so much better than I expected, the weather definitely helped! But it made me realise the lovely places there are nearby, here in Yorkshire, as well as further a field. It felt like we had a proper weekend break but we’d only travelled an hour and a half to the east coast. If you are planning on visiting the seaside and fancy treating yourself to an overnight stay I would genuinely recommend Scarborough, it’s also close to Filey and Whitby if you want to check out other close seaside resorts and you must stay at Ox Pasture Hall Hotel if you’re in the area and fancy treating yourself to a touch of luxury!

Danielle in ScarboroughHave you been to the seaside recently or sunny Scarborough? Let me know in the comments.

Danielle x

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