The Black Swan Hotel – Centuries-Old Coaching Inn, Turned Boutique

The Black Swan Hotel – Centuries-Old Coaching Inn, Turned Boutique

Helmsley is one of North Yorkshire’s prettiest market towns. Right in the centre of Helmsley sits The Black Swan hotel which comprises of three houses; the black and white Tudor house on the left of the terrace, the Georgian house in the middle, and the Elizabethan building on the right, which stands on the site where an inn is believed to have been situated for many centuries.

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Helmsley has the best bakeries, coffee, and small business shops one could have access too. The locally produced food is wonderful and it makes for the perfect country luxury living one can choose to aspire too.

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Helmsley Castle

One of the attractions to see here in Helmsley is the medieval castle situated within the North York Moors National Park, North Yorkshire. It is perfect for families needing some educational break.

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The Black Swan Hotel

The Black Swan is a centuries-old coaching inn, turned boutique hotel, situated in the heart of Helmsley. This 45-bedroom hotel instantly dominates by its contrasting architectural designs. Its varied exterior, complete with black and white timbers, plus Elizabethan and Georgian elements, portrays a rich history dating back to the 15th century.

This is a hotel where all the SUV owners park their cars to showcase them. The parking is centrally located and therefore owners like to sit here and drink tea with their dogs.

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Reception Smart & Stylish

There is a wealth of cosy areas to sit down and soak up in this quintessentially British hotel. The locals love to book afternoon tea here or just sit near the open fire for some community catch up time. Being able to peer out to the town whilst having a drink is entertaining itself whilst being kept warm with a wood fire.

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The hotel has a beautiful streamlined design and immaculate gardens to sit and overlook the gorgeous Helmsley’s parish church. The church dates back more than a thousand years. The sound of the church bells whilst sipping a glass of white wine just adds that touch of countryside living. Do take the time to walk through the church gardens the lushness and the green structures are inspirational.

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Superior BedRoom

This historic boutique hotel feels very much like a home with a contemporary interior, offering a sophisticated backdrop for displaying favourite collected pieces of furniture and oversized elegant lounges. The rich colour and warmth, with my own seating area, were a great place to chill out and relax.

If required, the Superior Rooms also make fantastic family rooms and are perfect for families of up to two adults and three children. Additional beds can comfortably be added to these rooms, still providing plenty of space for you and your family.

The location of these rooms, require quite a few stairs to access these bedrooms and therefore for guests with walking difficulties aren’t recommended. These rooms are however convenient for the car park at the back of the hotel, this was a nice touch as I could peer out and keep looking at my new Maserati Levante.

The Superior bedroom I had was an indulgence of expert designs which help me realise I needed a well-earned retreat, after driving through the stunning North Yorkshire Moors.

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The Italian inspired kingsize headboard messages reiterating the word calore, which is colour in Italian, is very much a trend being embraced by boutique hotels in the UK. A nice homely personalised touch for a cozy night sleep.

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Normally hotels compromise bathroom spaces but on this occasion, the large modern grandeur to this bathroom was why I soaked in the Victorian-inspired bath. There were plenty of oversized bath towels, with warm heated towel racks to keep me snug and warm after a bath or shower.



The Black Swan Hotel is popular both with weddings and anything regarding festive celebrations. The setting is second to none and is a place where guests can also book the hotel completely so to enjoy everything it has to offer.

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The food is locally sourced, well presented and hearty. The staff is attentive and the atmosphere is a quiet one. Endless British cuisine was on offer here and the steak was the best I have had for a long time.

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The fig dessert was refreshing and unique.

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Helmsley is one of my favourite places to stay and with the added bonus of having a boutique hotel centrally located it is highly recommended that one book in advance. The Black Swan Hotel is hugely popular with locals as well as outside guests. If quintessential British cuisine and hotel stay is what you are seeking then this boutique hotel is your place.


  • Room reviewed: Superior Room
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  • Address: Market Place, Helmsley, York YO62 5BJ, United Kingdom
  • Phone: +44 (0)1439 770466

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Gracie Opulanza

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