Every year around Christmas time me and my husband try and get away for a child free night or weekend just so that we can relax and spend some time together before all of the major Christmas madness starts and this year we were lucky enough to be invited to the beautiful Ox Pasture Hall Hotel.
It's a stunning country house hotel in the gorgeous Yorkshire Moors which couldn't have been more perfect for us because the Yorkshire coast is somewhere we visit every year and we absolutely love it, especially Scarborough and Filey plus Ox Pasture Hall is a dog friendly hotel which was great because it meant that we didn't need to put our dog in the kennels which I never enjoy doing.
We arrived at the hotel at around lunch time and although we knew we were too early to check in we thought we'd pop in to see if we could put our bags inside, the staff were incredibly accommodating and told us check in was at 3pm but our room was ready for us and we could check in and get settled which was really nice.
We were staying in a luxury suite and were blown away by how nice everything was, the room was stunning with a huge king size bed, a lounge area and an amazing bathroom. I was really impressed by the fact that our dog was so well catered for, waiting in our room for him were bowls of food and water and the offer of some chicken to go with it if he would like some, it's clearly a very popular hotel with dog owners and they're even allowed to dine with you in the bar area which is lovely because our dog doesn't like to be separated from us for long.
After getting settled in our room we had a lovely lunch in the bar area in front of the wood burning stove which was so nice and cosy and then we went out for a walk with the dog to explore the surrounding area. It's ideal for dog owners as there are lots of different walks you can go on around the Yorkshire Moors, we chose to have a walk around the nearby woods and lake which was great, a little steep in places but really nice and we saw some fantastic views.
We then went back to our room to relax for a while before dinner, Macho got a little muddy on the walk but we managed to get him cleaned up in the shower, I think a dog washing area somewhere in the hotel would be a great little addition as it would be really handy for dog owners walking their dogs during winter.
Before our dinner in the Courtyard restaurant we had a lovely bottle of Prosecco in the bar area by the fire while we chose our food from the menu and when our starters where almost ready we were taken to our table. The restaurant was lovely and the food was honestly some of the best food I've ever had, we thoroughly enjoyed every bit of our meal and the service was second to none.
The food was so good that in my excitement I forgot to take a photo of our main course which was an amazing pork belly dish but you can see the standard of the food from the photos of our starters and desserts. After finishing our meal we decided to have a drive to the sea front at Scarborough which was about 10 minutes away, there wasn't much open but it was nice to walk off our food and get some fresh air before bed.
We slept really well in our room although it was a little warm for us but we opened the windows and it was fine, we woke up to a beautiful view of fields with pheasants wandering past our window, it was so relaxing and peaceful, just what we needed.
Breakfast was a choice of cereals, yogurt, toast and then a full Yorkshire which we really enjoyed, it set us up well for the rest of the morning. Check out was at 11am which gave us plenty of time to go back to our room and get packed before loading up the car and checking out.
After checking out we went to our favourite place in Yorkshire, Filey is a place that is very dear to our hearts and somewhere we holiday every year without fail. It's a lovely little seaside town with a beautiful beach which is dog friendly at one end and off season and also most of the shops are very accommodating with regards to allowing dogs in which makes life much easier as a family that likes to holiday with their dog.
We'd never been to Filey at Christmas time so it was really nice to see it with all the Christmas lights up, we even squeezed in a visit to our favourite chip shop The Brown Rooms.
Overall we had an amazing time even though it was for just one night, we enjoyed our stay at Ox Pasture Hall Hotel so much we're already thinking about staying there again and also my husband is hoping he can stay there when he is working in the surrounding area.
The hotel has several different room options so everyone is catered for and if you are not a dog owner don't worry there are no signs of dogs having stayed in the rooms, they were immaculately clean. If you're looking for somewhere to stay that feels like it's in the heart of the countryside but is only a 10-15 minute drive to the coast then this is the place for you.
You can find out more information on rooms and facilities here and you can also find Ox Pasture Hall on Facebook and Twitter.