One of my favourite wedding venues in north Yorkshire has been named one of the best in Britain.
Crathorne Hall Hotel near Yarm has been awarded Hand Picked Hotels’ Hotel of the Year 2009.
Hand Picked Hotels, a collection of 17 country house hotels located across the UK, holds an annual ceremony with Hotel of the Year the most prestigious of three awards selected by chairman and chief executive, Julia Hands.
Other awards include Consistent Hotel of the Year, which was won by Crathorne Hall Hotel in 2008, and Most Improved Hotel of the Year.
Saltburn-born Mark Clayton has been general manager of Crathorne Hall since June 2008.
“It is a great honour to win this award and a real confidence boost and motivator for all the team here.
“I am hugely proud of the team and the level of commitment, service quality and standards they naturally deliver and attain.
“I’m passionate about this area and I’m passionate about the hotel so I am delighted that Crathorne Hall has been recognised as one of the best.”
Crathorne Hall Hotel was built in 1905 and has been part of the Hand Picked Hotels collection for nine years. It has been named among the country’s top 200 hotels for eight years, holding the prestigious accolade of four Red Stars since 2002.
Crathorne Hall, previously owned by the Dugdale family until 1977, has played host to HM The Queen Mother and Sir Winston Churchill when it was a private country home.
I've covered many, many weddings at Crathorne Hall over the year and it really is a distinct and beautiful country retreat with great staff attending to your every need, fantrastic food and a brilliant location on the outskirts of Yarm and close to the A19.
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