The distinctive octagonal design of this boutique hotel means superb views of the surrounding countryside wherever your suite is located. Each of the rooms at Harmony Lodge are individually designed, with soft carpets, subtle tones and delicate floral patterns bringing a sense of country calm. For extra privacy or larger groups of up to five, there is also a static caravan with its own kitchen, dining area and lounge. Dogs are welcome to join you in your room (but for the sake of the hotel’s two cats, they are asked to stay on a lead in the grounds).
Start the day off sitting in front of a white tablecloth in the light, airy dining room: choose a traditional English breakfast, smoked salmon and scrambled eggs or a vegetarian alternative, washed down with as much tea and coffee as you like. Then relax in the hotel’s conservatory, surrounded by landscaped gardens and dazzling seasonal blooms, and plan your day.
Scarborough’s sandy beaches and attractions are just 15 minutes’ drive away. Alternatively, head north for half an hour to Whitby, where you can explore the picturesque harbour town and its ruined abbey, as well as tasting the celebrated fish and chips at the Magpie Café. There’s plenty of choice for dog walks here as well, with the dramatic open spaces of the North York Moors on the hotel’s doorstep.
Take a cycling trip through the Forge Valley woodlands and let your inquisitive canine run alongside you, or alternatively stroll through the quiet nearby village of Cloughton, and stop for a drink at its handsome stone pub, The Blacksmiths Arms. Sit down to a meal fit for royalty – literally, since the pub is owned by the Duchy of Lancaster and once hosted the Queen for lunch. On your return to the hotel, order a G&T and relax in the lounge or the conservatory.