First five-star hotel opens on the coast

Hotel general manager Richard Mansell, with executive chef Darren Iddon. Picture by Neil Silk  114240a
Hotel general manager Richard Mansell, with executive chef Darren Iddon. Picture by Neil Silk 114240a

THE REGION’S newest luxury hotel opens today after a £30 million investment.

Raithwaite Hall, at Sandsend near Whitby, is the first five-star hotel on the Yorkshire Coast following a two-year build.

Media day at Raithwaite Hall Hotel at Sandsend.''Picture by Neil Silk  114240a'20/10/11

Media day at Raithwaite Hall Hotel at Sandsend.''Picture by Neil Silk 114240a'20/10/11

The 45-bedroom hotel, set in 80 acres, is set to boost the region’s economy, creating 100 jobs locally and signing up suppliers from across the area.

Developers the Skelwith Group says it took inspiration for the building from the Savoy in London and the Burj Al Khalifa in Dubai, the world’s tallest building.

The former private house now features fine dining, a spa, a gym and a pool.

Richard Mansell, general manager at Raithwaite Hall, said all customers will receive a service that is hard to rival.

Media day at Raithwaite Hall Hotel at Sandsend.''Picture by Neil Silk  114240a'20/10/11

Media day at Raithwaite Hall Hotel at Sandsend.''Picture by Neil Silk 114240a'20/10/11

He said: “We are excited to have the opportunity to serve our community and visitors.

“Our team of service professionals are eager to create memorable and personalised service for all in great surroundings.”

It is hoped that the hotel will attract even more tourists to the area.

Gary Verity, chief executive of Welcome to Yorkshire, said: “Raithwaite Hall is going to be a great asset to the county and the hotel will also be a terrific base for visitors wishing to explore the rest of the county.

“Yorkshire already has one of the strongest tourism economies in the country and Raithwaite Hall really adds to what we have to offer our visitors.”