Journalist Linda Harrison discovered a head for heights when she enjoyed a weekend stay at The Tower serviced apartment Harrogate, a new luxurious place to stay in North Yorkshire
After living in rural North Yorkshire for the past three years, my idea of a holiday is anything that doesn’t involve driving. Public transport is virtually non-existent – I spend far too much time navigating winding country roads to get to work and the shops, as well as ferrying a little person to nursery and swimming lessons.
The idea of dumping the car and staying somewhere within strolling distance of brunch and an M&S is absolute bliss.
The Tower is a simply glorious affair. Set on a hill, you’re up with the birds, looking out across the rooftops from every direction
So, it was with great excitement we went to spend a weekend at The Tower, a new luxurious apartment near the centre of Harrogate.
The property is part of Harrogate Serviced Apartments, individually designed self-catering apartments in the historic spa town.
Leaving our car in the private parking space, I looked up…and up.
Our instructions were to climb the stone steps to our own private entrance, into the spacious lobby, and then follow the carpeted stairs.
The Tower, a two-bedroom conversion, occupies the whole of the top floor of an impressive listed Victorian building – and it’s definitely worth the climb.
The Tower is a simply glorious affair. Set on a hill, you’re up with the birds, looking out across the rooftops from every direction.
The spacious living room feels grand but comfortable, so we immediately made ourselves at home on the huge sofa (I was with my husband and three-year-old son, Harry, so I can confirm it’s big enough for three).
There’s quirky décor – a mix of antique and modern – and a gorgeous fireplace, painted dark blue, with a cosy fire (gas, but we had to poke it to check: it looked extremely realistic).
Exploring the master bedroom we found a super-king bed and beautiful, wooden furniture. The en suite walk-in wetroom is something else.
We padded through the deep pile carpet to the other end of the apartment and the beautiful second bedroom (The Tower is big). It has a kingsize bed and gorgeous en suite with a generous Victorian-style bath and skylights offering more of those cracking views.
And the high-spec kitchen is the perfect spot for breakfast while gazing out of the leaded window into the clouds…
…but we saved the best ’til last.
Through an internal wooden door, a curved stairway leads to the top of the building and a stunning room with 360-degree views over the town and beyond.
We took a pew and pointed out the Yorkshire Dales to Harry.
And all this is just a five-minute walk from the centre of Harrogate, with its historic Turkish baths, theatres and independent shops.
Ready to explore, we went out to Weetons Food Hall.
Harrogate has loads of cafes and restaurants, but Weetons is different. A stylish deli and butcher with a small café near the famous 200-acre open grassland, The Stray, it’s a bit of an institution. We decided on the Yorkshire Rarebit (a hefty toastie – not for the fainthearted – with melted mature Cheddar, tomato and Yorkshire ale) and coffee.
On our second day we wandered out to Bettys Tea Rooms. You can’t really stay in Harrogate without visiting Bettys: they’ve been filling teapots there since 1919.
We joined the queue (it’s worth the wait) and after being led to our window table with a good serving of good old-fashioned Yorkshire hospitality, checked out the menu.
We opted for brunch; an excellent eggs royale for me, while my husband chose the crushed avocado on sourdough with streaky bacon and a perfect poached egg.
We sauntered off with full tums to do a bit of shopping then, as the sun started to set, made our way back to The Tower.
When Harry was sound asleep, we crept back up the curved staircase for a last look out at the view.
Even on a cloudy winter’s night, the view was spectacular; the perfect spot to relax and count the chimney pots with a glass of wine.
How to get to The Tower serviced apartment Harrogate without flying:
From the A1, exit onto the A661 to Harrogate if travelling from the South, or the A61 signed for Ripon and Thirsk if travelling from the North.
Follow the signs to Harrogate town centre (detailed directions to The Tower are provided on booking).
The Tower is within easy walking distance of Harrogate station. Harrogate is about three hours from London by train via York or Leeds.
Words: Linda Harrison for Feet on the Ground
Images: Harrogate Serviced Apartments