Four eco-chic apartments for 2-14 in the heart of Yorkshire spa town Harrogate, a swish of a towel from its famous Pump Room”
But old-fashioned these apartments are not. Although they make ample use of antiques – owner Janet Love used to co-run the antiques shop next door and has an amazing eye – they’ve also been skilfully injected with contemporary style and exotic furnishings. Each sleeps 2-4 (or you can take all 4 together for up to 14) and is themed to reflect the travels of Janet and her daughter Tanya. Choose between chic Print on the mezzanine floor, calming classic Royale on the first floor, exotic Rajasthan on the second, and brassy Brooklyn at the top with its glorious views. Couples seeking a romantic break and hen parties wanting to escape the world of bland will all love these roomy hideaways which have genuine eco-credentials. A hidden gem in this unique Yorkshire spa town.
Information provided by The Harrogate Hideaways on 06/07/2020.
Cleaning and hygiene
Deep cleaning and hygiene measures in place; cleaning staff have face masks. Each apartment has its own front door and entrance hall. Extended cleaning period between bookings. Organic hand sanitisers in every apartment.
Double staircase is over 2m wide; new stair carpet. Each apartment recently refurbished and floorboards all repainted in lockdown.
Self check-in and check-out; code for front door supplied.
- Location, location, location. You’re within easy walking distance of all the town’s main attractions, from the Royal Baths to the superb local restaurants and tearooms
- Beautiful and well-considered décor – each apartment has its own artful look
- Heaps to do: the Pump Room and Valley Gardens right opposite, Harlow Carr Gardens and the stunning Yorkshire Dales nearby
- Each apartment has a well-equipped kitchen (ideal for families and longer stays); you can order a breakfast hamper
- Everything is eco-friendly, from the fabrics, carpets and paints to the cleaning and bath products; the furniture is pre-loved. You can easily reach Harrogate by train and you won’t need a car while you’re here
- No lift, so you'll need to carry luggage up the handsome double-width staircase (1 flight for Royale, 2-3 for Rajasthan and Brooklyn)
- Shower rooms, although well kitted-out, are small – some guests have said they need updating – don’t expect power showers or baths
- There's no reception or concierge, but all is efficiently pre-arranged
- We have yet to see the latest addition, Print, in person following a recent refurbishment, and can't wait to visit
Best time to go
Our top tips
And don’t forget your swimming costume for the town's historic spa - sounds obvious but…”
- Boutique Apartments
- 4 apartments (for 2-4)
- Self-catering (breakfast on request)
- All ages welcome
- Open all year
- Spa Treatments
- Pet Friendly
- Disabled Access
- Beach Nearby
- Off-street Parking
- Restaurants Nearby
- Air Conditioning
- Guest Lounge
- Daily Maid Service
- Towels & Bedlinen
Each apartment has a different look and feel: we rather liked second-floor Rajasthan. All are spacious and homely, with an eclectic mix of recycled, antique and second-hand furniture. The three largest have sofabeds in the living room (so they will sleep 2 couples or a family), modern, compact shower rooms (with underfloor heating), and good kitchens. You'll also get TV/DVD/iPod docking stations for rainy days and family nights in.
Step into Royale, with its calming grey and lime-green palette and skilful blend of antique and contemporary furniture, and you could be in Paris. High ceilings, ornate cornices, and antique French doors, gilt mirrors and chandeliers all contribute to the Gallic mood. We loved the Jim Thompson silk cushions on the fabulous four-poster in the bedroom, and in the living room the iron coffee table made from a recycled ship’s hull!
For ‘exotic’ head upstairs to Rajasthan, inspired by Janet’s daughter’s travels in India. With its warm grey palette, Oriental lanterns and antique wooden doors, this second-floor apartment feels calming and a touch exotic. At the top is Brooklyn (inspiration: Manhattan and Shoreditch), an open-plan loft-style apartment furnished with a confident mix of vintage, retro and flea-market finds. As ever, Janet marries original features such as a Yorkshire stone wall and original fireplace (fitted with a gas-effect fire) with retro lighting, decadent leather sofas and stainless steel kitchen.
We've yet to see the latest addition, Print, a chic mezzanine studio apartment with a kitchenette, ensuite shower room, and space for a fold-out bed and baby cot.
- Central heating
- Coffee / tea making
- Cots Available
- DVD player
- Extra beds
- Full kitchen
- Hob or stove
- Ipod dock
For a sense of luxury, wake up to your pre-ordered breakfast hamper (additional charge). Choose between continental, including croissants and rolls (which you can heat up in your oven), homemade preserves and fruit; or a more luxurious meal of eggs and smoked salmon. Each apartment has a stylish kitchen for self-catering - oven, hob, dishwasher, fridge-freezer, sink, kettle, toaster, tea, coffee - so guests planning longer stays or visiting with children can easily whip up some simple snacks and suppers. The apartments are very centrally positioned so all shops and supermarkets are within walking distance. Weeton's on West Park is a particularly good for picking up tasty local produces, cheeses and wines.
When eating out, you’re spoiled for choice. The must-visit afternoon tea destination is Bettys, famous for its ‘Fat Rascals’ (a cross between a rock cake and a scone). If you prefer a more contemporary vibe, head down Parliament Street to the tiny but sophisticated Hoxton Kitchen café, whose freshly ground coffee and brunches are amazing.
For dinner, the highly acclaimed Orchid Restaurant (Thai) is just a couple of minutes' walk away. Also close by is Drum & Monkey (fish and seafood) and La Feria (Spanish tapas). Families may prefer Gianni's Brio for real Italian cooking including pizza. Many local restaurants offer a takeaway service.
- Coffee / tea making
- Drinks on arrival (on request)
- Full kitchen
- Hob or stove
- Dip into the waters, and Harrogate’s history, at the beautifully tiled Turkish Baths – a wonderful cross between Victorian and mock Moorish – and spa
- Pop across the road to the Pump Room Museum, built in 1842 over what claims to be the strongest sulphur well in Europe. At its peak, the Pump Room attracted 15,000 visitors each summer
- Explore the cobbled alleyways of the Montpellier quarter and its antique shops, arts and crafts shops and pavement cafés
- The fabulous Valley Gardens opposite cover 17 verdant acres; a little further is the 58-acre Harlow Carr Botanical Gardens, run by the Royal Horticultural Society
- Harrogate’s famous flower shows are in the Great Yorkshire Showground spring and autumn
- Don walking boots and explore Nidderdale, one of the loveliest dales in the Yorkshire Dales National Park. Then treat yourself to dinner (book in advance) at the renowned Yorke Arms in Ramsgill
- Explore Yorkshire’s many historic houses, castles and abbeys, including the stunningly evocative 12-century ruins of Fountains Abbey, due north, or Harewood House and its Capability Brown gardens, to the south
Activities on site or nearby include:
- Historical sites
- Museums / galleries
- Plantlife / flora
- Shopping / markets
Harrogate is a charming child-friendly town, and the apartments' well-equipped kitchens make staying with kids a doddle! The apartments are very centrally placed, close to all attractions
Babies (0-1 years), Children (4-12 years)
Family friendly accommodation:
Each apartment has a double bedroom and a double sofabed, apart from studio apartment Print which can take a fold-out bed and baby cot
High chairs and baby cots are available on request
Remember baby and child equipment may be limited or need pre-booking
Kids Activities nearby:
- Valley Gardens - 17 acres of parkland - are only a minute away
- Ripley Castle
- Harewood House, which has a farm experience and bird garden
- Yorkshire Dales
- Fountains Abbey
Families Should Know:
Note there are no bathtubs in any of the apartments
- Airport: 20 minutes (Leeds Bradford)
- Hospital: 4 minutes
- Shops: 1 minute
The apartments are in the heart of Harrogate, a pretty spa town near Leeds, in Yorkshire, northern England.
Leeds-Bradford International (20km) is the closest airport, but you could also fly into Doncaster Robin Hood (82km) as both have links to Europe and beyond. For a list of airlines serving them, click on the links below.
From the Airport
You can hire a car (see below) or, from Leeds airport, catch an indirect train to Harrogate.
Taking the train from London to Harrogate takes approximately 3 hours - see Seat 61 for more details. It's an easy 5-minute walk from the station to The Harrogate Hideaways.
If you want to hire a car, see our car rental recommendations.
Detailed directions will be sent when you book through i-escape.com
More on getting to the UK and getting around
- Leeds-Bradford International 20.0 km LBA
- Doncaster Robin Hood International 82.0 km EMA
- Beach 77.0 km
- Shops 0.1 km
- Restaurant 0.5 km