If you don’t have time to spend weeks away in an exotic location, why not have a long weekend away a bit closer to home to enjoy some quality time together and relax. For a luxury boutique experience and award-winning cuisine venture to the picturesque village of South Dalton, Yorkshire for a stay at the Michelin starred Pipe and Glass Inn. A beautiful spot perfect for honeymoons, quiet weekends or romantic escapes you can enjoy the peace and tranquillity of the stunning Yorkshire countryside.
Dating back to the 15th century The Pipe and Glass Inn stands at the edge of the stunning Dalton Park, the residence of Lord Hotham. Visitors are welcome to take a romantic walk through Dalton Park and enjoy the peaceful landscape that this area of Yorkshire has to offer. The village of South Dalton itself is run by the Dalton estate and retains its historical characteristics with neat rows of cottages and Tudor style houses, some of which date back as far as 1706.
Privacy and complete luxury are provided in the two boutique suites on offer at The Pipe and Glass Inn. The aptly named Sage and Thyme, are converted outbuildings thoughtfully decorated to retain the historical charm of the architecture yet are chic and contemporary inside. Each has a super king-size wooden sleigh bed, 32in plasma TV, iPod dock and a beautifully appointed bathroom with a double power-shower, bath and under floor heating. Added extras such as H2K toiletries, luxury bathrobes and homemade cookies with the tea and coffee making facilities make you feel at home. Each suite benefits from its own private patio with stunning views into Dalton Park.
Dining at The Pipe and Glass is a fantastic experience. Enjoy Michelin starred food in a relaxed setting with friendly and attentive staff looking after your every need. Awarded Michelin Pub of the Year 2012, this is an extra special gastronomic experience but with a welcoming and relaxed atmosphere that makes it ideal for both special occasions and casual dining. Chef-proprietor James Mackenzie is committed to sourcing as much local and seasonal produce as possible, all of the highest quality, naturally.
Recurring favourites on the menu include innovative but hearty dishes such as ‘a little jar of “Gloucester old Spot” potted pork, sticky apple and crackling salad and warm spelt toast’ – a popular starter, while ‘venison and juniper suet pudding’ and ‘James White’s pork sausages’ feature on the mains. The desert menu is equally well-crafted offering classics such as sticky toffee pudding and local specialities such as ‘ginger burnt cream with stewed outdoor rhubarb and East Yorkshire sugar cakes’.
Nearby attractions include the historic market town of Beverley, perfect for a day out browsing the high street and independent stores or enjoying a coffee in one of the many cafes. The vibrant market is still organised in the square every Saturday, and music and food festivals are hosted at various times throughout the year. There are also over 40 public houses in the town, the vast majority of which have been there for over a century, including one of the last pubs to still use gas lighting, the quirky but certainly memorable ‘White Horse Inn’ is definitely worth a visit.
The surrounding area is also home to a number of impressive stately homes including Burton Agnes Hall, near Driffield, a 400 year old Elizabethan manor which alongside Windsor Castle, Chatsworth House and Buckingham Palace is regarded as one of the finest estates in England and also features extensive landscaped gardens and a well-established evergreen maze.
For more active couples and fans of walking and hiking the Pipe and Glass also sits on the doorstep of the great Wold’s Way, one of the National Trails’ most celebrated routes. With easy access from either the town of Market Weighton or the small village of Goodmanham nearby, you are able to trace this meandering track through the Yorkshire countryside, rewarded as you go with some of the finest views in England. Further north there is the North Yorkshire Moors National Park home to beautiful and rugged scenery such as at the Hole of Horcum and a number of striking architectural features including Rievaulx Abbey and Mount Grace Priory.
Only a short drive from the inn, around 15 minutes from Beverley is the coastal city of Hull, an historic community that became a boom town during the industrial revolution as one of the UK’s most important trading hubs. Today you can trace the evolution of the area and the importance of its naval heritage at the local Maritime Museum which offers an insight into the region’s fascinating history and is completely free. Hull is also excellent for shopping with a number of boutique stores as well as larger complexes such as the St Stephen’s Shopping Centre and Prince’s Quay.
Only half an hour away from South Dalton in the opposite direction from Hull is the city of York; once regarded as the capital of the north of England. Featuring medieval ruins and bridges, rickety Tudor town houses and a host of shops, cafes and boutiques York is one of the UK’s most popular tourist destinations. With an array of museums, galleries theatres and weekend street performances there is always something to see and to do. One of the best ways to tour the city is by walking along its ancient city walls thought to be almost 800 years old. Legend has it that an ancient law still permits it legal to shoot a Scotsman with a crossbow at high noon if you are standing on the walls; although thankfully no one is yet to put this rumour to the test.