Rookhurst Country House Hawes - 5 Star and Gold Award. A warm Yorkshire Dales Welcome awaits.
Welcome to Rookhurst Country House... Rookhurst Country House is located in the beautiful, peaceful village of Gayle in Wensleydale, close to the historic market town of Hawes in the heart of the Yorkshire Dales.
Richard and Judith Hynds welcome you to Rookhurst - a country house set in the heart of beautiful Wensleydale in the Yorkshire Dales National Park. The atmosphere here is of a small friendly country house, rather than a formal hotel. After all, Rookhurst is our home, and you are our guests! Dating back to the 17th century in places, the house has a unique character with each room being different in its own special way.
Rookhurst Country House has five en-suite guest rooms, all with full sized baths so that you can have a leisurely soak after your days exertions! Room No. 4 (The Butler's) also has a power shower.
Each room has it's own distinctive character depending upon which part of the house it is in.
Colour TV and tea & coffee making facilities are standard in all our bedrooms.
Our Garden has colour and interest for most of the year and there are superb views out across Wensleydale and the surrounding fells.
Our comfortable Drawing Room looks out over the garden with views to the fells. Outside there are a series of carved portrait heads which adorn the bay window. Inside, the carved stone corbelled supports for the pitch-pine beams, show five rustic scenes relating to the nesting lives of birds and one which depicts a squirrel. Pre-dinner drinks are served from the large sideboard and can be enjoyed beside the log fire on the colder evenings. Games and a card-table are available for those who require them.
Dinner is served in our splendid Victorian Dining Room with views out over towards the village of Gayle. Dinner is always a set menu of four courses, using only the finest local produce and is changed daily. Dinner is an informal affair - where we encourage guests to relax and share their day's experiences with each other.
Rookhurst fronts the Pennine Way, on the edge of the picturesque village of Gayle, overlooked from the south by Dodd and Wether Fells, with beautiful views towards Stags Fell and the Butter Tubs pass to the North.
It is an ideal base for exploring Herriot country - the Yorkshire Dales are a delight for both serious walkers and strollers. Nearby is the Carlisle to Settle railway and you can be collected from Garsdale Station. Just round the corner is the Wensleydale Creamery, and in the market town of Hawes (8 minutes walk), the Upper Dales Folk Museum.
Mellow Yorkshire stone, traditional architecture and such a peaceful setting make Rookhurst a perfect place to enjoy a few days away from it all.
Let us pamper you with our relaxing service, superior en-suite dinner, bed & breakfast (B&B) accommodation and our wonderful food. This really is a special place to spend some time.
Have Dinner and a bottle of wine - no need to drive!
Dinner: (7:00pm for 7:30pm) is a set menu of 2 or 4 courses, costing £15 and £25 respectively per person, depending on the number of guests wishing to dine. If a quorum of 4 people is not available, Judith will prepare the simpler meal of main course and pudding.
The Surrounding Area...
Discover the Yorkshire Dales... a land of stunning contrasts. High fells and lush meadows, whitewashed farms and stone built cottages, dramatic waterfalls, wild flowers and wonderful birdsong.
The famous dales of Wensleydale, Swaledale and Wharfedale are all within easy reach from Rookhurst.
Or why not forget your car and explore on foot... paths leave in every direction from Gayle.
Nearby... old market towns such as Hawes and Leyburn...Castles (Castle Bolton & Middleham), walled gardens, disappearing streams, lush farmland...
Further afield... Bolton Abbey and Fountains Abbey, the spa town of Harrogate, Skipton Castle, historic Richmond... and lots more.
Hardraw Force, one of the highest waterfalls in England is only a few miles walk away and the intriguing White Scar Caves near Ingleton are well worth a visit.
For those who like to sample the locally brewed ales, a trip to Masham is well worth it to visit the Black Sheep and Theakston breweries.
The Village of Gayle, originally a Celtic settlement, is divided by Duerley Beck and boasts two beautiful waterfalls - Gayle Force and upstream Aisgill Force. Downstream the sawmill, built in 1783, originally a cotton mill, and later a woolen mill & saw mill. Duerley Beck flows on past the Wensleydale Creamery, famous for its cheese, then on to Hawes and the River Ure.
At the head of the dale it bears the title of the capital of Wensleydale. Its market charter was granted in 1699 by William III. It continues to be the major livestock centre and claims to be the second highest market town in England. Hawes today is a prosperous tourist centre for the Yorkshire Dales and owes much of its success to its unrivaled central position in the Dales.
Dogs are welcome to stay in your car, but not in the house.
Stay 3 or more nights - have £10 per night off our summer rates.
Rookhurst Country House - Hawes - North Yorkshire
Contact: Richard and Judith Tel: +44 (0)1969 667454 - Website: > (Click Here)