Back in 2012, on a cold winters day, I had been to visit the building site of the new Raithwaite Hall near Whitby, and amongst the diggers and dumpers had to imagine how lovely it would be when finished! Now in 2013 I was invited back for lunch with the wonderful wedding co-coordinator Clare Goldsmith, and it exceeded all my expectations.
Situated just outside the seaside town of Whitby, Raithwaite Hall manages to perfectly combine the feel of an exclusive country house with the facilities of a modern 5 star hotel, whilst maintaining a traditional Yorkshire friendly and personal service. Sitting in the cosy lounge it was easy to imagine wedding guests feeling right at home. In summer the grounds are absolutely stunning and have been beautifully planted with lots of TLC.
Weddings range from small and intimate for 20 with various rooms licenced for ceremonies, to the larger room seating 140 for the wedding breakfast. Exclusive use packages are available taking all 45 bedrooms to ensure a truly unique experience. Food is locally sourced and I can vouch for its quality and presentation (try the Whitby sole) and the set menus offer something for everybody.
If you do want to leave the cosy surroundings of the hotel, country pursuits can be organised for you and staff will advise you on the local golf courses and walks on the beaches. Whitby and Sands End are just on the doorstep with not to be missed Fish and Chips at the famous Magpie café, all of which can be worked off in the hotels pool afterwards.
A tour of the bedrooms left me wanting to stay a night, from flat screen TV’s, a penthouse with private terrace and the Bridal suite is absolutely huuuuge and totally luxurious.
For more information see http://www.raithwaitehallwhitby.co.uk/ or speak to Clare directly.