Last week I was invited to an exclusive dining evening at The Arnage at The Motorist. As part of this press event, we had complimentary dishes and drinks from their new menu, along with an incredible stay at their sister venue, Hornington Manor, to try out their wonderful shepherds huts. My husband James came with me and we had a glorious time.
Hornington Manor is a Grade II listed manor house near the village of Bolton Percy in North Yorkshire and set within the grounds of a working farm. Their main line of business is as a most magical wedding venue, but they also offer a range of accommodation, including eight cosy shepherd’s huts.
We had never stayed in a shepherd’s hut before and although I imagined it would be something very basic and rustic, we were amazed by how spacious, stylish and luxurious they were inside. Each of the shepherd’s huts are decorated with a different theme that is inspired by the culture of Yorkshire and beyond. We stayed in the Arts and Crafts hut and loved the illustrations that decorated the cosy interior.
Each shepherd’s hut is fully equipped with everything you need in the kitchen. They also have a full bathroom with an amazing shower. And the bed was also unbelievably comfortable; the best night’s sleep that I have had for a long time.
The beds in the huts all come from Harrison Spinks, a Leeds-based bed maker who own the farm attached to Hornington Manor. The farm is where the natural materials and fillings (wool, hemp and flax) come from for these amazing beds. This company are a fifth-generation family business who have been handcrafting luxury mattresses since 1840! Have a look at their website to see the amazing quality and sustainable products that Harrison Spinks have on offer.
When we arrived on Friday evening, we were greeted with a fabulous treasure hunt around our hut. Following the clues to find treasure such as cocktails in the fridge and heated bean bags in the microwave was such a creative and fun touch by Harrison Spinks Events, the company organising the event.
At 7pm we were taken by taxi to The Motorist. The Motorist calls itself “the most exciting automotive venue in the North; a unique venue where like-minded people gather to appreciate great cars, enjoy good food and take part in regular meets and activities”. We were greeted by their lovely staff and offered some fabulous cocktails, before being taken to The Arnage, which is their automotive themed hospitality venue. Here we had a fabulous meal from their new menu in a buzzy and lively atmosphere.
After the meal, we were given a tour of the building and event space which is available to hire for weddings and conferences with different sized meeting and reception rooms. There is also an amazing shop downstairs called The Store, which The Motorist hopes will become a destination for discerning customers to purchase unusual merchandise and gifts.
We were then taken back to our gorgeous shepherd’s hut for a fantastic sleep on those Harrison Spinks beds!
Overall, we thought that all the elements of this experience are fabulous Yorkshire attractions. I will definitely return to The Motorist with my son who loves cars, and my father-in-law is also keen to visit after seeing The Motorist on television recently, so a multi-generational trip is on the cards! The food and drinks at The Arnage were fabulous and another good reason to go back. The shepherd’s huts at Hornington Manor were such a quirky place to stay and I would love to visit again. I have a 10% discount for anyone keen to try them out, just mention my name when booking and use the code Lifestlye10%.
Photos credited to Arnage