Last month the hubby and I were extremely lucky to be able to go away on a romantic two night break at Crab Manor Hotel near Thirsk. It is a place we have been to quite a few times now, although usually only for one night, and we absolutely love it there. My mother-in-law had already offered to look after the kids for one night but we decided to be cheeky and ask if she would mind doing two nights. Amazing woman that she is, she said yes!

At Crab Manor Hotel each room is styled after a famous destination from around the world. There are eight rooms inside the manor house itself which all have access to the communal hot tubs and sauna in the courtyard. In the grounds however there are a further 9 Luxury rooms that all have there own private patio and hot tub. So far we have stayed in the Le Manoir (Oxford) and Mount Nelson (Cape Town) rooms inside the manor house and in the grounds we have stayed in Bora Bora (Tahiti), Bardola Lodge (Norway), Ruka Lodge (Lapland), Bellagio (Las Vegas) and this time we stayed in Le Touessrock (Mauritius) which also had a private sauna. I know, I know, I’m totally spoilt! We tried to decide which our favourite was so far and for both of us it was tie between either of the Lodges and Bellagio.

These pictures really don’t do it justice and make everything appear quite small but it was actually a pretty big room and the walk-in shower was huge, and the sauna was much bigger than I had expected too.

This is where we spent most of the two days. Although on the way there I did suddenly realise I had forgotten to pack my bikini! We stopped off in Northallerton and in Thirsk to try and buy something but given the season there was nothing at all so I had go in in my underwear. Thank god we weren’t in the communal hot tubs that’s all I can say.

Attached to the hotel (although not physically, its through the grounds) is the award winning Crab and Lobster Restaurant. The menu is huge and the food is out of this world. It is a very quirky place with every nook and cranny stuffed with oddments, from books, teapots, clocks, ornaments, and pictures to a vintage diving suit. Every time we go we manage to see something we hadn’t spotted before.

The first few times we visited we followed convention and booked into the restaurant for our evening meal (you can also have complimentary canapés in the hotel lounge 7-8pm) and while this was great (and the evening menu is a bit more special, as is the atmosphere), we felt like we were missing out on the room we had just spent so much money on (by room, I mean hot tub!). Check in isn’t until 3pm and by the time you have got settled in and had a bit of a chill in the hot tub its time to get out and get showered and start getting ready. Then by the time you get back from the meal it’s pretty late, you’re extremely full (food and wine!) and pretty tired so the hot tub probably isn’t too sensible. Every time we have been since we have booked into the restaurant on the afternoon instead and still had an amazing three course meal, by the time you are finished its time to check in and you don’t have to leave your room again till breakfast (we pack snacks for if we get peckish later, you can order drinks to your room but not food unfortunately).

As we had two days this time we did originally plan to have an evening meal on the second night but changed our minds on the day because we went back for lunch again and were far too full to eat another meal.

I’m afraid I didn’t get any pictures of the inside of the restaurant or the gorgeous food (other than the soufflé above) as we were far to busy having a good time and enjoying every bite, plus this time away was all about the two of us spending time together so other than these pictures the phone was put away.

The hotel is quite expensive with manor house rooms at £165 per night and the luxury rooms at £265 per night, but before we booked it this time I did try to find somewhere else to try out and all the ones of a similar quality and with the same facilities were actually double the price (which is why we decided to stay two nights this time, after all it would be the same price as one night at the others ;)).

If you are looking for a romantic getaway for a special occasion (or just because you deserve it) I can highly recommend Crab Manor Hotel. They also reward loyal customers with a passport scheme. Each time you visit you get a stamp in your ‘passport’ and every three stamps or so you receive a reward, starting at a bottle of champagne, then a £50 off voucher, then a free meal for two, then a £100 voucher, then an overnight stay. Once you have filled the passport completely you are invited to a special dinner (along with others who have filled theirs) and one lucky couple will be chosen at random to win a holiday to one of the room destinations (also chosen by a draw). What’s not to love about that.

Have you been on any child-free getaways lately?

This is NOT a sponsored post and there are NO affiliate links, this is just a place we love to visit that I wanted to share with you.


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46 thoughts on “A Romantic Stay At Crab Manor Hotel

  1. It’s just beautiful! We moved to the US 3 yrs ago and therefore just don’t get to go to these kind of places anymore. The perfect spot for a romantic getaway! #FamilyFun
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    Posted on 23 November, 2016 at 3:13 pm
    1. Thank you, it was fantastic x

      Posted on 23 November, 2016 at 5:46 pm
  2. Wow what a lovely looking place – we love escaping to these sort of places if ever we get a chance for a romantic getaway. So happy for you! Thanks for linking up to #coolmumclub lovely xx

    Posted on 24 November, 2016 at 12:29 pm
    1. Thank you, it was bliss x

      Posted on 24 November, 2016 at 3:14 pm
  3. What a fab looking place, sods law that you forgot your bikini!!

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    Posted on 24 November, 2016 at 2:18 pm
    1. I know, it’s funny to look back on though!

      Posted on 24 November, 2016 at 3:15 pm
  4. Aaaahh, what a wonderful time you had! That’s just the sort of place I would enjoy staying. Of course, I would choose the room that is most “English”! (PS The giveaway in my current post is also open to people outside the US *if* they wish to have it sent to someone in the US.)
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    Posted on 24 November, 2016 at 2:41 pm
    1. It was amazing. Always good to know 😉

      Posted on 24 November, 2016 at 3:16 pm
  5. I love Crab Manor and the Crab & Lobster. That’s a great idea going for lunch then checking in and staying in your room as I totally agree if you go to the restaurant it kinda skuppers hot tubbing for the night. You’ve really made me want to book again! #coolmumclub x

    Posted on 24 November, 2016 at 6:11 pm
    1. It’s amazing isn’t it? Do it and call it a Christmas present 😉

      Posted on 25 November, 2016 at 10:48 am
  6. This is really a lovely little spot.

    My hubs and I so desperately need to get away!

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    Posted on 25 November, 2016 at 4:25 pm
    1. It’s so beautiful, problem is you never want to leave!

      Posted on 26 November, 2016 at 12:53 pm
  7. Oh wow, I love the different themed rooms. I can’t even remember the last time we stayed anywhere. I think I deserve a night away soon. Thanks for sharing on #FabFridayPost
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    Posted on 25 November, 2016 at 6:07 pm
    1. You definitely do, you’ll have to put it on your Christmas list x

      Posted on 26 November, 2016 at 12:55 pm
  8. What an amazing place! Wow! I wouldn’t mind the Hot Tub at all! Yes please! I thought for a moment there when I read that you have forgotten your bikini – I thought you were going commando! lol! The burger looks so good too! Thank you so much for sharing this with us on #FabFridayPost

    Posted on 26 November, 2016 at 3:35 pm
    1. It is amazing there, you never want to leave. X

      Posted on 27 November, 2016 at 7:27 am
  9. What a beautiful place. Lucky you. Having your own sauna and hot tub would make me want to stay in my room and relax too. I could do with this kind of trip myself right now! Thanks for linking up to #familyfun
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    Posted on 26 November, 2016 at 4:05 pm
    1. I can highly recommend it. We’re so lucky having both sets of grandparents nearby who are happy to babysit so that we can do this kind of thing occasionally.

      Posted on 27 November, 2016 at 7:29 am
  10. What a wonderful place to stay, I would love to have my own hot tub on a stay away. I long for some child free time away with my husband! x #picknmix
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    Posted on 26 November, 2016 at 7:57 pm
    1. It’s like heaven on earth. As much as I love my kids, time away with the hubby every now and then is bliss, especially as my husband is away with work so much (10 weeks at time). And I return a much happier and more relaxed mummy so it’s a win all round x

      Posted on 27 November, 2016 at 7:39 am
  11. Ohh wow!! This looks incredible and I would love to visit, I adore posh nights and meals out. Thanks for linking up #bestandworst
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    Posted on 26 November, 2016 at 8:23 pm
    1. It’s amazing. It’s also funny how posh everyone seems at dinner the day before but then at breakfast everyone looks as rough as toast after one too many bottles of wine!

      Posted on 27 November, 2016 at 7:43 am
  12. Oh how beautiful does this place look? It’s always lovely to get a child free night away and just be a couple for a while and what a wonderful place to do that in.

    Thanks for linking up to #PicknMix

    Stevie x
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    Posted on 26 November, 2016 at 10:31 pm
    1. It is. My photos really didn’t do it justice either. I can’t wait to go back again already, although who knows when that will be, I’ll have to get saving!

      Posted on 27 November, 2016 at 7:46 am
  13. Oh I am jealous of those two days. Your mother in law is a real gem! What a beautiful place to spend your time I don’t blame you for returning and actually being able to enjoy how lovely it is without worrying your kids will break something. Haha. I’m glad you had a good time, if I’m ever in that neck if he woods I would love to stay there it looks gorgeous. Thanks for sharing at #familyfun xx
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    Posted on 26 November, 2016 at 11:01 pm
    1. I’m really lucky that both sets of grandparents are close by and happy to babysit for things like this, I don’t know what I’d do without them! It really is a beautiful place to stay x

      Posted on 27 November, 2016 at 7:48 am
  14. Ooh this looks beautiful! I am definitely going to book somewhere lovely for me and my husband next year as a little treat! #ablogginggoodtime
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    Posted on 27 November, 2016 at 8:16 pm
    1. Do it! It’s money well spent x

      Posted on 28 November, 2016 at 8:06 pm
  15. Aw this place looks amazing. We used to go to Thirsk on holiday every year growing up and have a lot of fond memories of it and the surrounding areas. I’d love to revisit with the hubby and stay at this place – it looks ideal! #coolmumclub

    Posted on 27 November, 2016 at 9:58 pm
    1. It is a beautiful part of the country and I can definitely recommend this place!

      Posted on 28 November, 2016 at 8:08 pm
  16. I feel so jealous !! 🙂 I dream about a romantic trip with my husband!
    This place looks so great, I will try and organise this little treat for me and my husband. Thank you so much for sharing 🙂

    And you know what, we went to Mauritius, Le Touessrock hotel for our honeymoon, the best place I have ever visited! #KCACOLS

    Posted on 28 November, 2016 at 12:36 am
    1. It was amazing. It’s my turn to be jealous though, I’d love to go to Mauritius, we didn’t even have a honeymoon 😢

      Posted on 28 November, 2016 at 8:09 pm
  17. Oh wow looks so lovely!! Glad you had a lovely time!!
    Thanks for linking to #ablogginggoodtime
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    Posted on 29 November, 2016 at 12:24 pm
    1. Thank you, it was great x

      Posted on 30 November, 2016 at 7:01 pm
  18. This looks lovely! Like your idea of a big hotel lunch and then staying in the room – never thought of that! #bestandworst

    Posted on 29 November, 2016 at 11:22 pm
    1. Thank you. It makes all the difference x

      Posted on 30 November, 2016 at 7:03 pm
  19. Lucky you – I could so do with this right now! #coolmumclub
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    Posted on 30 November, 2016 at 3:11 pm
    1. Thank you. I could do with going back x

      Posted on 30 November, 2016 at 7:05 pm
  20. Oh how lovely! It looks like a fab place and that hot tub looks so inviting! Thank you for linking with #kcacols

    Posted on 1 December, 2016 at 5:46 pm
    1. Thank you. The hot tub was amazing, I could have stayed in there the whole two days x

      Posted on 13 December, 2016 at 6:01 am
  21. I really want to go! it sounds amazing. and lucky you staying in the Bellagio too. I absolutely love Las Vegas 🙂 we love Yorkshire too and camped near Thirsk a long time ago now. completely different experience than you had hehe! #KCACOLS
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    Posted on 2 December, 2016 at 6:15 pm
    1. Camping holidays were the only ones I had growing up and I loved them. Tried one recently and it was bitterly cold and raining the whole time, think I’ll stick to hot tubs from now on 😬

      Posted on 13 December, 2016 at 6:10 am
  22. I am extremely jealous. A private hot tub and sauna! This is definitely going on my list of places to try on a special time away without the kids (if that ever happens). #kcacols
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    Posted on 4 December, 2016 at 9:08 pm
    1. I’m jealous of myself too, I want to go back! I’ll keep my fingers crossed for you x

      Posted on 13 December, 2016 at 6:12 am
  23. This looks like a lovely place to stay. I love the idea of rewarding regular visitors like that too. Glad you had a lovely time #kcacols
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    Posted on 5 December, 2016 at 3:48 pm
    1. Thank you, it certainly keeps us going back x

      Posted on 13 December, 2016 at 6:13 am