A wonderful sprinkling of wow

Sweep up the drive and enter a world of ornate cornicing, dripping chandeliers, and chunky architraves. White Rose Hall near Leeds is where you rejuvenate and reunite while feeling totally aristocratic. Sleeping 14, it’s properly posh, with nine acres of landscaped grounds, rolltop baths, and a wonderful sprinkling of wow.

Aristocratic and sprinkled with wow

Go grand and join the aristocracy awhile. Celebrate, reunite, rejuvenate, and reinvigorate your mind and body in a haven of comfortable Yorkshire elegance. Leave reality behind, glide up the sweeping drive past ancient yews and oaks, crunch the gravel, and enter a different world.

Sleeping 14 in five bedrooms, White Rose Hall is properly posh in a 17th-century way. Chandeliers hang from every vaulted ceiling. There’s ornate cornicing, deep skirts, and chunky architraving at every turn. There’s a Queen Anne leg here; a delicious ceiling rose there. White Rose Hall is gorgeous and grand yet comfortable and homely, too.

Let kids and dogs loose in the nine acres of landscaped grounds. Cook fresh local fare on the Aga. Dine in front of swagged curtains and drink from cut glass. Play pool in the games room and refuel at the bar. Relax in the lounge beneath the mother of all chandeliers, light the fire, and scroll through Sky TV or load up the superfast wifi.

Toast family and friends under big skies out on the terrace. Sleep in bedroom suites fit for kings and queens, with crisp Egyptian-cotton sheets, rolltop baths, baroque furniture, and sweeping views of the grounds. This is a perfect blend of old English charm and modern renovation with a wonderful sprinkling of wow.

Gardens and grounds

The impact begins as you glide up the sweeping gravel driveway. You know immediately that this is properly posh and that you’re obviously someone special, with the ancient yews and oaks bowing before you.

Bring your kids, your dogs, and anyone else who likes to run free and explore nine acres of landscaped gardens. Kick a ball into the nets. Wield a croquet hammer on the lawns. Eat and drink on the terrace beneath big skies and endless stars.

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Living spaces

The entrance hall is practically a reception room all by itself, a grand space with detailed cornicing, glinting chandelier, grandfather clock, and welcoming rug. But, at 425 square feet, the drawing room might be where you’ll kick off your shoes, sink back in the sofas and enjoy each other’s company most often.

This is a glorious slice of Georgian period elegance that blends traditional features with contemporary details. After a hearty day’s hiking out in the Dales, melt back into three plush sofas and one armchair. Take in the sprawling grounds from the bay window. Enjoy the period artwork. Be dazzled by the chandelier.

Get the fire going and fire up the 66” surround-sound LCD television. Pick from Sky, Netflix, and Amazon Prime, or dig through the DVDs and load up the Blu-ray player. Need a diversion? Play a little pool in the games room and refuel at the bar, or just raid the books and board games.

Reception rooms at White Rose Hall are perfectly geared up for reunions and celebrations that cross the generations. Get together over cards or charades, stream the superfast wifi, and chew the fat in front of the fire in a place that marries 17th-century English charm with the best of modern convenience.

Cooking and dining

Through the main dining room, White Rose Hall connects with its Georgian past. Hand-made fabrics and period furniture compete for your attention with the parquet floor and baroque chandelier. With 14 guests, you’ll need a big table, and this one delivers. Eat here or out on the terrace beneath the grand sky and the woodpigeons.

Always wanted to cook on an Aga? Take your pick: we have two. While you’re preparing fresh fare from Peckford Farm Produce in the 350-square-foot kitchen-diner, chop and chat with friends and family or just entertain yourself with Netflix, Sky and Amazon Prime on the 44” smart TV. The eight-seat table is great for early-risers.

Facilities? Oh yes. How about hot and warm grill plates, fridge and freezer, dishwasher, toaster, separate electric oven, microwave, and water softener? If you’d still prefer to be catered for, just say the word. Or pop out to the High Street to the Queen o’ t’ owd Thatch for ales and cocktails in a rustic-chic local.

The Maltings Tearooms is tempting for cheesecake, brownies, blondies, and Mr Whippy ice cream, all washed down with pots of tea. Or head to the big bad city for fine dining at Dakota Grill or Tattu Leeds. Eat Indian along Bradford’s Leeds Road, perhaps the curry capital of the world, or Italian at PizzaLuxe, and Chinese at Sweet Basil Valley.

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Bedrooms

Five bedrooms here sleep 14 and you’ll feel like royalty among flatscreen TVs, luxury en-suites and rolltop baths. Immerse yourself in grandeur.

The air-conditioned master bedroom offers carefully crafted details mixing tradition with contemporary comfort. Fully restored antique furnishings and rugs wrap around a queen-sized bed dressed in finest cottons and throws. Refresh in the walk-in shower and deep bath.

Live it up in three rooms in the East Wing Suite, to include bedroom, en-suite bathroom and sitting room. Lap up the queen-style bed, baroque furniture, and big views. Keep your toes toasty in the en-suite with underfloor heating. Or how about the 160-square-foot West Wing Suite, a kingsize with Egyptian sheets and contemporary furniture?

The North Wing Suite comes with exquisite craftsmanship, hand-stitched fabrics and a kingsize bed fitted with Egyptian-cotton sheets, while the South Wing Suite offers three rooms eclectically dressed in Georgian antiques and contemporary pieces. There’s a double bed fitted with Egyptian cotton, a dressing room and walk-in shower.

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Children welcome

Kids love space, and White Rose hall delivers it in abundance. There’s nine acres of land here in which to go wild in the country, and ample square footage indoors. Best of all, with space for 14, they’ll be doing it with all their nearest and dearest. And your best friend of all? Four legs are always welcome here.

With five bedroom suites, a drawing room and conservatory, there’s space here for giant games of hide and seek, but screens will inevitably play a part, so you get to pick from nine smart TVs, with Netflix, Amazon Prime and Sky. Not enough options? Dig out a DVD and load up the Blu-ray player.

Out in the fresh Yorkshire air, a football and set of goalposts should allow for a little steam to blow off. But gentler souls can have a go at garden croquet. Back inside, there’s a pool table in the games room, and books and board games will slow the pace as dusk descends.

Tears at bedtime? Maybe not here. With their choice of giant suite, plus smart TV, they’ll feel like pampered princes and princesses. Watch out for midnight fridge raiders.

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What people say

What people say

Amazing - exceeded all expectations. Warm and comfortable, finished to an excellent standard. Would definitely recommend. - Jeni
White Rose Hall is truly a unique place to stay. Many of the main rooms are traditionally furnished with period detail. The walls are adorned with paintings and there is almost a chandelier in every room! The kitchen, bathrooms and 2 bedrooms are more contemporary, but very luxurious. We stayed over the Christmas period and this was a perfect setting for a large family celebration. The housekeeper was incredibly helpful and welcoming. - David
Great house, traditional and modern mix of styles. - Angela

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Head to Bradford for the curry experience of a lifetime. Pick from thirty world-class museums in York plus a gorgeous cathedral. Walk the Dales. See the jousting at the Royal Armouries or a real Victorian high street at Abbey House Museum. Make new friends at Wonkey Donkey, hit the hides at RSPB Fairburn Ings, or cruise the Ouse.

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