The Star Inn Harome
Set in the chocolate box village of Harome on the edge of the North Yorkshire Moors, The Star Inn and its sister hotel The Pheasant offer romantic first night/mini moon comfort in abundance – think country living with a luxurious twist.
Styled to look like a country shooting lodge, the Cross House Lodge at The Star Inn is so welcoming and cosy, you almost want it to be pouring down outside just so you can snuggle up in front of the roaring fire in the lounge. A romantic stroll through the village takes you to The Pheasant Hotel; you’ll be hard pushed to decide which one to stay at as they’re both equally as inviting.
Here, super-stylish interiors mix with a homely feel and there’s also an indoor heated swimming pool as well as a beauty treatment room to indulge your pampering side. With views over the village duck pond, you can well and truly immerse yourself in country life – as good an excuse as any to shell out for those Hunter wellies and Barbour by Temperley jacket we say; you’ve got to look the part after all!
Room for Romance
At The Star Inn we suggest staying in room five; a spacious double with a quirky touch – it has its own snooker table – or room four – with its intriguingly designed rope-slung hanging bed. Room eight even has a spa bath and piano in it! Over at The Pheasant all mod cons are catered for, with flat screen televisions, iPod docks and our favourite little touch, an Alice in Wonderland style vial of sloe gin on the dressing table, perfect for a night cap!
Wine & Dine
Trust us, once you’ve sampled the delights of The Star Inn – with its delightful 14th century thatched pub surroundings – you’ll never want to leave. At this multi-awarding winning gastropub we sampled delicious cassoulet of roots, pods and leaves with garlic and thyme mash and rustic stew of north sea fish with saffron potato, buttered baby fennel, anchovy mayonnaise and garden bronze fennel pesto. These were just some of the gloriously upmarket pub food dishes that we spied on the menu.
And don’t even get us started on the desserts, make sure you go for the Taste of Star Inn Desserts in Miniature so you can have them all! Upstairs in the eaves is the dimly lit private dining room. With its heavy wood beams and eclectic furniture, it’s the place to be if you want to have a romantic meal to remember. Breakfast at The Star Inn is an equally elaborate affair set in the Wheelhouse dining room, serving an array of beautifully presented gourmet delights to set you up for a bracing country walk across the Moors.
The impossibly perfect, feel-like-I’m-on-a-movie-set village surroundings of The Star Inn, Pheasant Hotel and The Star; the wander anywhere, make-yourself-at-home atmosphere and of course the incredible food – check out The Star Inn’s deli, The Corner Shop, and take some of it home with you!
We Don’t Love
Having to choose what to eat from the hot breakfast menu – way too many nice things, we suggest staying for a week!
You’ll forget about the outside world completely once you immerse yourself in the Harome bubble – uninterrupted relaxation heaven.
By Sally Dixon
Rooms at both The Star Inn, Cross House Lodge and the Pheasant Hotel start from £150 per room on a bed and breakfast basis for two people. For further information telephone 01439 771241, thestaratharome.co.uk, thepheasanthotel.com