A £30 million luxury country house hotel set on the edge of the North Yorkshire Moors National Park opened its doors today.
The 45-bedroom Raithwaite Hall Country Retreat in Sandsend, Whitby, is situated within 80 acres of countryside just a short distance from the coast.
Design is by DEPA, one of the world's largest interior contractors which has sourced furnishings for other hotels including the Savoy in London and Dubai's Burj Al Khalifa.
The hotel also features a spa offering Aromatherapy Associates treatments and the Brace restaurant and grill that uses the locally sourced ingredients.
General manager Richard Mansell, who has over 20 years' experience in the hotel and hospitality industry, said: "Whether guests are coming to visit us for a day in the spa, to experience the fantastic food served in the Brace restaurant and grill, or staying for a long weekend, the moment they arrive at the hotel they are guaranteed a level of service that is hard to rival."
Executive chef Darren Iddon joined the retreat from Capella Singapore, where he managed the culinary operations for the luxury 112-room resort.
Up to 100 jobs have also been created at Raithwaite Hall, which is owned by York based property company the Skelwith Group who acquired the site in 2009.
Gary Verity, chief executive of Welcome to Yorkshire described Raithwaite as "a great asset to the county".
"The hotel will be a terrific base for visitors wishing to explore the rest of the county. Yorkshire already has one of the strongest tourism economies in the country and Raithwaite Hall really adds to what we have to offer our visitors," he added.
By Helen Gilbert
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