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Burythorpe House
North Yorkshire
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Doctor Ann Margaret Mortimer
Feb, 2012

Burythorpe is an idyllic village approaching the Howardian Hills, in quite beautiful Yorkshire Wolds countryside. The food at Burythorpe is absolutely excellent, the ambience exceptionally civilised and comfortable. The service is faultless. I have not stayed overnight as it's a bit too near my house to justify the expense (unfortunately). There are several shoots in the area, one of the nearest being at Place Newton (Winteringham) where the pheasants have airline tickets but as a relatively inexperienced and mediocre shot I did manage to hit a few.

Before Christmas my partner and I went to dinner here. I had unsuccessful root canal surgery that morning and was feeling dreadful having taken large doses of antibiotics and analgesia, I was still virtually unable to chew. The waitress at my request provided half size portions of the set dishes that night - and charged us half price for them. I can't wait to go back.

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S Hukin
Jan, 2012

What a find!

What a superb, superb place to stay.

Very welcoming, accommodating and lovely staff, we could have asked for more.

Amazing room and service, only wished we could have stayed longer.

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Philip Calvert
Jan, 2012

Short winter break

This is my favourite hotel anywhere. When we stopped for the umpteenth time we were the only g.uests. Nevertheless we were feted with a beautiful candlelit dinner. They ran out of my favourite beer and nipped to the local pub for it. A wonderful place. Monica was excellent. Good breakfast too.

Our room featured a sleigh bed... very comfy. Only fault was shower curtain too short to prevent wetting floor.... but there were towels in abundance replaced next morning. We shall return yet again. They never disappoint.

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W Lawless
Sept, 2011

This was an excellent experience. the hotel was peaceful and very comfortable. The staff were very attentive and nothing was too much trouble for them. I would recommend this to couples who want to get away from it all. I feel much rested and would give this hotel 10 out of 10.

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Carole Lis
Jul, 2009

Firstly, let me apologise for taking our leave so hastily that we were unable to thank you personally yesterday morning. It was the occasion of my son's graduation at York and I wanted it to be a "special day" which, staying at Burythorpe, certainly made it so.

We had simply the best time. Nothing was too much trouble and, indeed, due to someone going off with the key to the room I had booked, I was upgraded to the most fabulous room I have ever had the pleasure to stay in! The ROOMS, the SETTING, the FOOD, (simply the best halibut ever!)made this the BEST HOTEL EVER, so worth the small journey from York through beautiful rolling countryside.

Alas our stay was brief but we fully intend to come back soon. I could not recommend anywhere else more. Thank you so very much, my son is still telling all his friends about it.

With every best wish Carole Lis

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Gorgeous country hotel with easy access by car to York, Whitby, Scarborough etc - Anon
Jul, 2009

We stayed 4 nights, beautiful small country hotel. Our room was gorgeous and the bed was so so so very comfortable (we were in Fountains room), bathroom was amazing, I would love one at home like this! Lots of lovely little touches - real coffee in room, choice of still or sparkling water in room, molton brown toiletries, iron and ironing board. We were in the middle sized room but to me it was huge!

We are not breakfast goers so didn't go for breakfast but had dinner in hotel two nights, it is more expensive than going for your standard bar meal etc but for a treat on holiday, it was really fine dining to us and was lovely. OMG the chocolate fondant is to die for, I had it both nights, thank you chef! And i thought chicken was chicken but my chicken for main was amazing too. My mouth is watering at the thought of it! I would definitely recommend this hotel though and would stay again.

Thank you.

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Fantastic Stay - Anon
Jul, 2009

A friendly hotel in a wonderfully quiet setting. We loved the fact that there was a pool, gym and tennis courts on the premises.

The mobility requirements yet again didn't seem to come through on the booking but the receptionist/manager looked after us with complimentary drinks whilst they made up the accessible room. This room actually had a toilet leak so we had to move to a first floor room anyway. This was probably a blessing as this room was superior in every way. Fantastic double aspect views of the grounds and surrounding fields. We used this as a base for house hunting over 5 days so we only ate in the restaurant once and took the room only rate, which was very good value for the overall quality of the hotel.

If I was going to suggest 1 thing - it would benefit from a bar, although all drinks are available in the lounge, and moreover a bar menu so you could eat something if you didn't fancy a full restaurant meal. Its probably not seen as necessary as you can get that from its 'sister' establishment, the Bay Horse pub 500 yards away.

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Small but Special Accommodation 2008 Awards – Yorkshire Life
Oct, 2008

This place is like a slice of heaven and I am delighted to say I was not disappointed

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Read what many of our guests have to say from a totally independant review. We're sure you will be as delighted as they are.

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Paul & Carole Chapman
Dec, 2008


Just a short note to thank you most sincerely for our excellent stay at Burythorpe House. We couldn't have asked for better, and the staff are a huge credit to the hotel. It is lovely to find folk who will genuinely go out of their way to make you comfortable.

Thank you so much.

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Darryl Glover
Group Leader
Toyota Motor Manufacturing UK
Dec 17, 2008

I would just like to take this opportunity to thank you for looking after my wife & I last weekend. You all made us feel extremely welcome, and made our short stay with you as relaxing as it could possibly have been. Both my wife & I felt it more like stopping with friends we had known for years rather than a hotel miles from home ! The room was perfect & well prepared for us & the sight of a lovely log fire burning brightly after coming in from the cold Yorkshire rain was a sight to wonder at !

I would like to say a special thank you to "Ally" ( I hope I have spelt the name right) for her welcome & also affording us the time to show us around before we left, she has a rare talent for putting people at ease and is a credit & asset to your establishment.

Finally I would just like to say again - you have a beautiful house in exceptional surroundings, with a wonderful staff. I would not hesitate to recommend your hotel & will almost certainly be visiting again.

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Dec 13, 2008

A friend and I decided we needed to escape the christmas 'hurly burly' for one night. We stumbled upon this hidden gem when searching through one of those last min web sites. Little gem it was ,from checking in to check out we felt so at home. No stuffy staff here nothing is a bother. We were shown to our ground floor room(I have recently ruptured my achilles tendon and find stairs a problem). we had our own front door into the hotel with an internal door straight into the dinning room. The hotel has been refurbished to a very high standard we could find no fault at all here.(not that we were looking for faults mind you!) . We settled ourselves in front of a roaring fire read newspapers and had afternoom tea. We were told by our lovely hotess that they had ran out of scones but if i was prepared to wait chef would put a fresh batch in! you just wouldn't get this kind of service in some faceless hotel chain. I might add they were warm and served with what looked like home made jam. we then availed ourselves of the leisure facilities. Now don't be expecting 5* because it's not.The pool looks like it has been included in the refurb but the sauna ,gym and changing rooms are quite basic. Maybe these are next on the list for an update? Having said that it was still quite quaint and didn't deflect from our high opinion of this place. The food...........oh my god!every dish was presented beautifully and tasted better than anything I have tasted before.(nearly a"Harry met Sally moment" it was so good) The staff were unobtrusive I have to say the best meal I have ever been served. I have eaten in the White Room at Seaham hall which has 1 michellin star and this food 'knocked that into a cocked hat'. Plan to revisit Burythorpe House early in the new year and could not praise this hotel enough no the wonder it won the Yorkshire Life small and friendly award . This will not be it's last award of that I am sure.

Liked — It's small and friendly take on things.

Disliked — nothing

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Kim Lamb
Administration Services Manager
Novartis Grimsby Limited
Dec 3, 2008

Everybody said what a superb place the hotel was, also the food, and the staff. They all really enjoyed it, and would be very keen to come again (both with the business and privately). Thank you to you and all your team for looking after them so well.

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Nov 9, 2008

Stayed at Burythorpe house on the 1st Nov for my partner’s birthday. The room (Rievaulx) was traditional, spacious and very clean. The staff were very friendly and down to earth. The food was absolutely fantastic and surpassed my expectation, being better than some Michelin star restaurants we have ate at. Only the day before we stayed in a 4 star, Burythorpe House was a much nicer experience altogether. My suggestion would be to book soon as i believe when the accolades start coming for the hotel it will be much harder to guarantee a room.

Would I recommend this hotel to my best friend?

I recommend this hotel for:
An amazing honeymoon, A romantic getaway, Girlfriend getaway, Older travelers, Tourists

I selected this hotel as a top choice for:
Museums / Cultural / Historical sites, Great food / Wine

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West Yorks
Nov 23, 2007

Had a weekend break at Burythorpe House in November, strangely quiet little village, but when we arrived at the hotel we were not disappointed.

Great Food, Atmosphere, and very friendly staff.

Food, wine, service excellent, we will be back.

The Food

Having to leave

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Lady Petersham

What a happy time we all had last week-end! We were looked after beautifully, and the food was EXCELLENT. Please will you thank everyone for giving us such a great final week-end.

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Andrew Young

The evening meal was probably one of the best meals we have both had. Many thanks to you!

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Frederick Guilmard

Dinner was execeptional. We will talk to all our friends and colleagues about visiting you.

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Mrs Stringher

Charming hotel with excellent food and service.

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Mr Kearney

Quite possibly the most beautiful hotel I have visited. Everything was perfect.

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Lorraine Buton

Members of staff were very pleasent and helpful making us feel very comfortable. Food was fantastic, better probably than any other hotel we have stayed in.

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Sue Flynn

Lovely hotel, excellent service, friendly staff. We hope to return. Thank you for a lovely stay.

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Elain Bartley

Everything about our stay has been wonderful. Setting, staff, meals and the tranquillity. Thank you

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Sarah Pashley

Service excellent, food excellent, hotel gorgeous.

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Malcolm Banfield

The most beautiful hotel surpasses one's expectations. (the room, the food, the service and general ambiance) Burythorpe House is one of those. I can't complement you enough, it was truly remarkable.

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Great pool, great food, great staff, great everything.

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Dave & Janet Adamson

We have just returned from our two night stay and would like to thank all the staff for being royally looked after. Burythorpe has changed but nothing has been lost. The quality is exceptional.

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Michelle and Jamie Cooper

Thank you so much for helping to make our wedding such an amazing day. It was such a perfect setting and we cannot thank you enough for all your hard work on the day!!

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Katie & Paul Laird

We just wanted to say thank you for such a fantastic day. The food was spectacular and all the staff were warm, friendly and extremely helpful. It really felt like a home for all of the family and a piece of our hearts will always be in Burythorpe.

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Bishop of Liverpool

What a lovely weekend you gave us, thank you. The hotel looked lovely, the rooms were so comfortable and all of your staff were delightful. Dan, the feasts that you gave us were fantastic, what on paper looked like good English fare, were tarnsfoemed into a gastronomic delight. Everything was delicious so thank you.