Whitby - Fri 12th April – Mon 15th April 2024

A Long Weekend in WhitbyHassra - Whitby Walking 24

Given that the Yorkshire coast never loses its capacity to enchant, it’s easy to see the appeal of this Grade II-listed house overlooking the Esk Valley and the North Sea. The setting is perfect; in the former fishing town of Whitby that’s best known for its fish and chips, quaint harbour, and Dracula connections (Irish author Bram Stoker drew his inspiration for his Gothic novel when holidaying here in 1890). You’ll have all the sightseeing greats within walking or driving distance, including the 13th century Whitby Abbey, the wonderful Whitby Sands, and the 199 Steps leading up to the old St. Mary’s Church (it’s customary to count them as you climb). Not only are the North York Moors right on your doorstep, but the walk along Cleveland Way to Robin Hood’s Bay is rather special, too. 

The Hotel - Built in 1780s on a site dating back to Norman times, the three-storey Larpool Hall was first owned by Sir Jonathan Lacey – a Whitby ropemaker turned shipbuilder who operated a shipyard on the estate. It was later purchased by King George III’s physician, Dr John Turton, whose role in delivering babies had made him a quite a favourite of Queen Charlotte. The house remained in the family thereafter. His descendent, Sir Edmund Russborough Turton, 1st Baronet and Conservative Party politician, sold the house to the National Children’s Home in in 1919 and it provided residential care to boys up to the age of 16 until 1968. It was converted into a hotel in 1986 and has been part of our HF Holidays line-up since 1998.­  Nowadays, there’s no shortage of period grandeur to marvel at, mostly the grand mahogany staircase, open-arched porch, original doorway, and Ionic column Venetian staircase window. You’ll find 14 acres of lovely grounds, a comfortable lounge, a licensed bar, books and games to borrow during your stay, plus a discovery room and handy boot and drying room.

Price for 3 nights

  • HASSRA Leeds members double/twin room £417.
  • HASSRA non-members double/twin room £688.
  • HASSRA Leeds members single room £208
  • HASSRA non-members single room £344.

The price covers classic rooms which may not be in the main building, full board including the HF packed lunch Sat &Sun, and a gratuity for the hotel.

Transport - No transport is provided for this trip – we will be using our own vehicles.  If you need, or can offer, a lift on a petrol-sharing basis, please inform the organiser when booking. 

Closing Date: 31st Jan 2024 – Bookings can only be held without a deposit until 19th December; please respond within the timescale and preferably asap.    

Please respond within the timescale and preferably asap. Please complete and return the booking form to the organiser, Luisa Panetta who will check a place is available before a deposit of £75 per person, is payable, preferably by bank transfer.  Payment details and addresses are set out on the attached booking form.