The Burgoyne Review: A Charming Boutique Hotel in an Idyllic Yorkshire Dales Setting

Thursday 11th Apr 2024 |

Dramatic views of Swaledale Valley’s rolling hills, luxurious suites, award-winning dining, and a warm welcome all come as standard at The Burgoyne. Add to this a remarkable makeover and you’ve got one hell of a historic hotel that’s anything but stuck in the past. 

If there’s one thing the Yorkshire Dales isn’t short of, it’s places to stay. With close to 8 million visitors every single year, there are countless hotels and B&Bs peppered amongst its vast green hills, catering to all budgets and occasions. 

That said, few have quite as much to shout about as The Burgoyne. Perched on top of the green overlooking the picturesque village of Reeth, this characterful late Georgian country house dates back to 1783, when it was aptly named Hill House. 

Rebranded as a guest house in the years following WWII, it has been delighting visitors for decades since and is showing no signs of slowing down. Recently acquired by the esteemed Maison Parfaite luxury holiday brand, it has been spruced up to the max, ready to write the next chapter in its long and storied history. 

We arrived just ahead of the busy Easter bank holiday weekend and were instantly won over by the hotel’s charming team. Simon and Renee only joined The Burgoyne after its recent takeover but already felt like they were part of the furniture – and I mean that in the best possible way. 

Both are city folk like myself, but quickly fell in love with the hotel and surrounding area. After running us through some of the local pubs and walks to enjoy, we were shown to our newly refurbished boutique rooms. I was lucky enough to bag Ivelet, or ‘the one with the sumptuous bathroom.’ 

Beautifully decorated with the perfect mix of classic and contemporary furnishings, this spacious suite features a huge bed, sofa, kitchenette, and a picture perfect view of the green. Kudos to whoever chose the brilliant Dodo lamp, which adds a nice dash of personality to the space. 

The bathroom is indeed incredibly posh, with stunning grey tiles, an oversized bathtub and plush sink complete with premium toiletries. The Aysgarth room next door is cosier, but equally as fancy, and like each of the 11 rooms, has its own distinctly unique flavour. 

After dropping our stuff off, we stepped out into Reeth to try out the two local pubs. The Black Bull Inn dates to 1680 and includes a games room (complete with pool table and darts), whilst The Buck serves up a decent mix of local and international ales. Both are well worth checking out. 

After a game of pool and some well-deserved pints (I’d just finished a self-imposed 4-week booze ban), we headed back to the hotel for dinner. The Brasserie on the Green is a small yet perfectly formed restaurant, offering moderately priced fine-dining that takes advantage of the best local produce – some of which is sourced from the hotel’s garden. 

I began with the deliciously plump Scallop, served with braised pork, kohlrabi, and pomegranate. An excellent choice – I could have happily eaten several of them as a main. My guest went with the rich and gamey Guinea Fowl Terrine, which was elevated with truffle, leek and some crusty sourdough bread. 

Renee recommended the medium-bodied  Negroamaro Avoglia to go with our mains, which turned out to be a juicy Italian fruit bomb. It paired really well with the Pork Belly, which melted like butter, arriving with a rich red wine jus. 

The perfectly pink Duck Breast was another fabulous dish, enriched with rhubarb and a bold port jus. We left just enough room to indulge in the unashamedly calorific Sticky Toffee Pudding and my favourite – the Caramelised White Chocolate Mousse. Both were superb. 

We returned in the morning just in time to catch breakfast, which was another high quality made to order affair. The Full English and Eggs Benedict were just the fuel we needed ahead of our 3 hour walk.  A buffet containing a selection of continental pastries, cereals and juices are also on offer.

Final verdict

The Burgoyne is a bonafide Yorkshire gem and a must for anyone looking for a touch of luxury in the land they call God’s Own County. All the rooms are super-cosy and ideal for chilling after a big hike, the food is memorable and the team are a blast. This is the fourth Maison Parfaite property I’ve stayed in and lives up to the high standards this fast-growing brand is known for. We fell in love with the place.

The Burgoyne, On the Green, Reeth, Richmond, Swaledale, DL11 6SN. 

Reviewed by Fletch