The Black Swan in Helmsley - a part of Yorkshire history

PUBLISHED: 01:16 12 August 2011 | UPDATED: 19:34 20 February 2013

The Black Swan in Helmsley - a part of Yorkshire history

The Black Swan in Helmsley - a part of Yorkshire history

Located in one of Yorkshire's prettiest market towns, The Black Swan in Helmsley is a superb historic inn, turned boutique hotel.

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Located in one of Yorkshires prettiest market towns, The Black Swan in Helmsley is a superb historic inn, turned boutique hotel. Dating back to the C15th the hotel, rich in history and charm, blends antiques with classic contemporary design creating the perfect place for a relaxing break. With its own award winning restaurant and tearoom, and 31 newly refurbished bedrooms, the Black Swan provides the perfect backdrop for a romantic getaway and a chance to escape the everyday stresses and strains.

Yorkshireis renowned as being a county which produces some of the finest foods in the UK and nowhere is this recognised more than at Helmsleys Black Swan Hotel. Its no secret that The Black Swan Hotel at Helmsley has enjoyed a reputation as a place with a warm welcome and fine hospitality for well over 500 years now, but what some folk may not have guessed is that the creative force giving seasonal, Yorkshire produce a modern twist is Australian-born Head Chef, Paul Peters.

Peters joined The Black Swan in March 2009 following a decade of working for some of the finest hotels and restaurants in the UK, including The Lygon Arms (part of the Savoy group), Raffles Browns Hotel, Millennium Hotel Knightsbridge, MPW Brasserie and counting John Burton Race as one of his mentors.

The Rutland Restaurant isnt the only culinary delight nestled within this attractive coaching inn. The charming, traditional Tearooms at the Black Swan Hotel, is already renowned as the crme de la crme of places to visit for a quintessentially English afternoon tea experience.

This reputation was affirmed after being named one of only 12 national winners of the highly coveted new Award of Excellence by the Tea Guild. This alongside many other awards, ranks them among the finest establishments in the land for afternoon tea, including The Ritz in London, Claridges and The Dorchester.

Our bedroom designer, Rachel McLane, who also designed the Rutland Restaurant and the Tearoom, has firmly put her mark on these new bedrooms. Rachels eye for colour and design sees these rooms transformed into luxurious, country chic inspired bedrooms perfect for a relaxing retreat in North Yorkshire.


Rachels inspiration is drawn from the surrounding area, particularly the North York Moors. The strong, yet muted colours reflect the various seasons, including moss, heather and pebble grey. The textures are also complimentary to the hotels environment with Yorkshire-spun wool, as well as linens and velvets, accented by plaids, florals, and toile du jouy to retain the character of this historic countryside inn.

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