Nidd Hall Hotel History
Consider the name, The Manor of Nidd. What comes to mind? A medieval fantasy worthy of Tolkien or Lord Dunsany, perhaps? The reality is no less romantic; for the story of this wonderful corner of Yorkshire, gateway to the glorious Dales and less than half-an-hour from the ruins of one of Britain’s finest Cistercian abbeys, is misted in an antiquity that might have fallen from the pages of Bede. There can be no better place from which to savour this fascinating area than Nidd Hall Hotel.
Set in 45 acres of verdant parkland, this magnificent Grade II listed mansion was built in the 1820’s for Benjamin Rawson, a wealthy Bradford wool merchant, on the site of an Elizabethan manor house. The gift for pastiche, which characterised architecture of the late Georgian/Victorian periods, delivered to Nidd Hall a stunning potpourri of decorative styles; from the Tuscan columns and dome capitals of the west front, to the huge stained-glass panels which so exquisitely illuminate the interior.
Treasures abound: the stunning Honduras mahogany doors with surrounds by William Kemp; the spacious dining room with its beautiful copper ceiling and 12-foot high marble fireplace; the entrance hall’s grand staircase with its wrought-iron balustrades; the drawing room; and the superb panelled library. The house was always a place of great cheer (rumour has it that King Edward VIII was introduced to Mrs Wallis Simpson at one of its many parties) and the festive ambience remains to this day not to mention the occasional quirk. Behind one of the library bookcases is evidence of two secret chambers; their provenance is lost, but they may have been Mr Rawson’s private joke or folly. More prosaically, they might have housed one or more of the various massive antique safes used by successive house butlers to secure the mansion’s silverware. Just a few of the agreeable period-pieces which, combined with its sheer opulence, lend Nidd Hall an appeal that’s virtually limitless.
THE COTTAGE - The delightful, self contained Georgian building is full of charm and history, which is captured with it’s picturesque location over looking the quaint Nidd church. It is ideal for friends and family and recently had a complete redesign in 2009, you can now see the Cottage graciously transformed to its former glory. With a team of some of the UK’s top designers, each room has been completely transformed to really enhance the historic features of the Cottage, making it an experience in itself.