Rudding Park Hotel, Harrogate, Day Two

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In my last post, I wrote about the first part of my little trip to Harrogate. (You can read it here if you like.) It was a lightning visit, arriving in the morning, spending one night at the gorgeous Rudding Park Hotel and then leaving for home the next day. My Aunt and Uncle organised the trip, and they had promised us a picturesque route back, so we were looking forward to it. But first, Mike and I took the opportunity to explore the hotel a little more before check out time.

As I mentioned in my last post, the décor at Rudding Park is stunning and there are all sorts of quirky little touches to be discovered when you start nosing around. I loved this little library, for example. If I ever have one of my own, I'm totally colour-coding my books like they've done here.

Library, Rudding Park Hotel, Harrogate

Library, Rudding Park Hotel, Harrogate
Cute, no?
 
The grounds outside are equally impressive, boasting landscaped gardens and lawns that go on for miles. They make you feel like you want to dress up in a long gown and stroll around with a parasol, playing at Lady of the Manor. It even has its own chapel, and it's no surprise that it's a very popular wedding venue. It almost makes me wish that Mike and I hadn't already tied the knot, as this would be such a perfect place to do it.

Chapel, Rudding Park Hotel, Harrogate

Exterior, Rudding Park Hotel, Harrogate

Exterior, Rudding Park Hotel, Harrogate

Welcome to my home! (I wish!)

OOTD Featuring Zara, Topshop, H&M and River Island
 
Coat, bag - Zara, Jeans, shirt - Topshop, Shoes - H&M, Sunglasses - River Island

 Exterior, Rudding Park Hotel, Harrogate

OOTD Featuring Zara, Topshop, H&M and River Island

Exterior, Rudding Park Hotel, Harrogate

Exterior, Rudding Park Hotel, Harrogate

I could have stayed much longer at this beautiful place - actually, I would quite like to live in it forever, if somebody could arrange that - but the morning was ticking by and it was time to check out. So we bid a fond farewell to Rudding Park, vowing to be back before too long, and set off on our circuitous route home.
 
The plan was to stop at a couple of beauty spots on the way, and up first was the village of Timble in the Washburn Valley, where my Aunt and Uncle had spent a weekend once. It was so incredibly quiet here. We heard no cars, no people, nothing but birdsong and our own footsteps as we wandered up and down the street, admiring the picture perfect cottages and their lovingly-tended gardens.

Timble, North Yorkshire

OOTD Featuring Topshop and H&M
 
The phone inside wasn't working, sadly!

imble, North Yorkshire

After a short walk and a long cool drink in the garden of a nearby pub, we got back in the car and headed off to our next port of call - Ripley Castle.
 
While there wasn't time to properly explore the inside of the castle, we thoroughly enjoyed looking at the grounds, as well as grabbing a bite of lunch at the café. I would definitely come back to tour the inside on another occasion, though, as it looks like a fascinating place with a long and colourful history. And I'm quite the history geek, so anything like this is right up my street!

Ripley Castle, North Yorkshire

Ripley Castle, North Yorkshire

Ripley Castle, North Yorkshire

Ripley Castle, North Yorkshire

Alongside the castle, there is a winding little path that leads you down to a river, with some lovely views along the way. Perfect for walking off our lunch!
 
North Yorkshire Countryside
 
North Yorkshire Countryside

North Yorkshire Countryside

North Yorkshire Countryside

We strolled along for a while, chatting away and enjoying the scenery, but the hour was growing late. And finally, no matter how hard I clung to this wall and vowed that I wasn't going to budge, it really was time to leave this beautiful part of North Yorkshire behind us and head for home.

OOTD featuring Zara and River Island

Oh well. All good things must come to an end, I suppose!

Have you visited North Yorkshire? Any recommendations of beautiful places to see?

Kate x
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  1. Looks amazing and that hotel is so glam!
    Melanie @ meandmr.com

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  2. Again, beautiful pictures. I am sure you well deserved the time away to relax.

    LindaLibraLoca: Beauty, Baby and Backpacking

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  3. Oh my gosh, what gorgeous pictures! These are absolutely divine. I'd love to visit those spots someday, I just love those kinds of peaceful spots. Thanks for sharing!
    xo Kiki
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  4. Oh wow, it is so gorgeous! This is actually a really useful post as I am going to a wedding here next year! I really love the Yorkshire spa towns and countryside x

    aforvogue

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  5. These photos are so pretty! I haven't visited before but would love to stay at that hotel. would be great if you could check out my fashion blog? :)

    The Fashion Road

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  6. Seriously loving the colour co-ordinated books, haha! This post really reinforces how stunning this place is, looks like you were super lucky with the weather too! :)

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  7. Ahh I absolutely adore Harrogate! It's such a beautiful, sophisticated place and your stunning post proves just that! The hotel looks so picturesque and relaxing. You always capture the essence of a place so well Kate, and these gorgeous photos are certainly no exception. And look at that blue sky! Wow! The library looks so epic too, love, love, love the colour coding of the books. So mesmerising, especially the pink section. Timble looks so pretty too. <3

    Sophie | soinspo xo

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  8. Love this post just as much as the last, Harrogate is so, so beautiful. Also, a very random comment but I love your chambray shirt :)

    Elle
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  9. Beautiful photos! It looks like such a lovely place to stay! :) xx

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  10. These photos makes me want to visit it! Looks so inviting and beautiful :)

    -L | The Nerdy Me

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  11. All of your photos are gorgeous, looks like it was great trip.

    xx Falasha

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  12. Great photos, looks so good! I love your style too.

    Anika | www.anikamay.co.uk

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  13. Beautiful pictures! I so want to visit this hotel now..it is gorgeous. I love your outfit too!

    Love Priya

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