We seem to be getting an Aysgarth theme this month, what with Hamilton’s Tea Room and now Aysgarth Falls Hotel. I will get a walk in too perhaps and why not Aysgarth is in the heart of Wensleydale in the glorious Yorkshire Dales! It’s a while since our Ladies who Lunch went to the Aysgarth Falls Hotel so we felt it was time to return and since I was there, at least, it has been beautifully renovated. Restful shades of blue and cream in the dining rooms and still the large bar area to accommodate many, again following on with lovely muted colours. There is a little courtyard to the side, it was a sunny day, but alas no room for us, no matter. We sat near the window and enjoyed a very pleasant couple of hours, good food, exceptional service and a promise to return soon.
The history of the hotel goes back many, many years, some say to the Crusaders and to the connections with Templar’s Chapel to be found on the side of Penhill in Wensleydale in the Yorkshire Dales and the mysterious brotherhood of the Knights Templar. Originally the name of the hotel was Palmer Flatt Hotel and is reputed to stand on the site of a medieval hospice where pilgrims returning from the Holy Land in poor health were treated. They often carried palm leaves back with them as mementoes and so became known as ‘ Palmers’ which were also used as their emblem.
In the 1960’s Palmer Flatt earned the reputation of ‘THE’ place to go on Friday and Saturday, if you hadn’t been to Palmer Flatt over the weekend you hadn’t been out, or so the phrase went. It was so for Geoff and I as here is where our eyes met and the rest is history (far too many cliché’s, sorry) as with quite a few others in the dale at that time and probably happening still.
Come and enjoy a visit to the Aysgarth Falls Hotel, walk down to Aysgarth Falls, browse our blog for ideas of walks from Aysgarth. Why not have a look on our Country Hideaways website for ideas of where to stay. To book a lovely Country Hideaways holiday cottage, call me Nadine or my daughter Joanne on 01969 663559 to book over the telephone and for friendly help and advice or of course do book online if you prefer.
See you quite soon!
Written By Nadine Bell