Ye Olde Bell Hotel & Spa
“Elegant 17th-century hotel with a brand new spa” - AA Inspector
BARNBY MOOR, NOTTINGHAMSHIRE
- Social distancing and safety measures in place
- Follows government and industry guidelines for COVID-19
- Signed up to the AA COVID Confident Charter
Our Inspector's view
This beautifully refurbished 17th-century hotel is conveniently located just off the A1 between Retford and Doncaster in the village of Barnby Moor. Public rooms have a wealth of original character including traditional log fires. Restaurant 1650 features elegant wood panelling as well as a striking contemporary bar; there is also an outdoor terrace. The tastefully appointed bedrooms are furnished to a high standard and are attractively co-ordinated; all benefit from modern bathrooms. The luxury spa has an indoor/outdoor vitality pool and 10 thermal experiences including the unique ‘Snowstorm’. There are also beauty treatment rooms and a hair salon. The gardens are a highlight here – perfect for weddings or outside entertaining in warmer weather.
Facilities – at a glance
- En-suite rooms: 59
- Family rooms: 5
- Bedrooms Ground: 8
- Free TV
- Broadband available
- WiFi available
- Children welcome
- Babysitting service
- Laundry facilities
- Ironing facilities
- Cots provided
- High chairs
- Children's portions or menu
- Indoor Pool
- Outdoor Pool
- Gym available
- Spa Available
- Christmas entertainment programme
- New Year entertainment programme
- Night porter available
- Outdoor parking spaces: 200
- Accessible bedrooms: 1
- Walk-in showers
- Single room, minimum price: £90
- Double room, minimum price: £129
- Open all year
- Maximum number of guests: 250
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About the area
Most people associate Nottinghamshire in the East Midlands with the legend of Robin Hood, though the former royal hunting ground of Sherwood Forest has been somewhat tamed since Robin’s outlaw days. Traditionally, the county’s primary industry, alongside agriculture, was coal mining but it is also an oil producing area, and during World War II produced the only oil out of reach of the German U-Boats.
The county is divided between the old coalfields north of the city of Nottingham, the commuter belt of the Wolds to the south, Sherwood Forest and the great country estates known as the ‘Dukeries’. Towns of note are the river port and market town of Newark, which hosts major antiques fairs six times a year, and Southwell, known for the medieval minster with exquisite carvings of Sherwood Forest.
D H Lawrence was a Nottinghamshire man, born in Eastwood, the son of a miner and former schoolteacher. He grew up in poverty, and his book Sons and Lovers reflects the experiences of his early years. Other Nottinghamshire notables include Thomas Cranmer, the first Protestant Archbishop; Jesse Boot, founder of the Boots pharmaceutical company; Henry Ireton, the man who singed Charles I’s death warrant; and Olympic skaters Torvill and Dean.
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