Introducing Saltmoore: a new and luxurious wellness-led retreat

Perfectly positioned between the sea and the moors, Saltmoore, with interiors by Sapin Studios, takes inspiration from its North Yorkshire seaside location…

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With breath-taking seascapes, unspoilt coastlines and cobbled streets, the picturesque town of Whitby and the quaint village of Sandsend, in North Yorkshire, are known by many as the ‘jewel in the crown’ of the Yorkshire Coast. As of September 2024, this beautiful part of the world will be known as the home of ‘Saltmoore’, a new wellness-led retreat which was formerly Raithwaite Sandsend.

The property will include two brand new hotels with 72 bedrooms in total, a state-of-the-art spa, and four F&B outlets, including a gourmet restaurant, a relaxed Brasserie, and a Wellness Café. Saltmoore is the brainchild of powerhouse construction and property development firms O’Shea Group and Galliard Homes – with this marking their 50th project together and the first hotel in Northern England.

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Hidden away in 85 acres of verdant estate and local woodland, and just a short stroll from the sea, the heart of the retreat can be found at ‘Saltmoore House’, a sophisticated and elegant 43-bedroom hotel that sits in a commanding position overlooking pristine gardens and a charming orchard that is home to an abundance of plum and pear trees. The historic hall takes notes from industrial mills and the Victorian era, weaving together rich tones and textures to create timeless, indulgent interiors inspired by the moors and sea. The hotel’s guestrooms are spacious in size, ranging from more cosy ‘Snug’ bedrooms to larger ‘Master’ bedrooms.

The mastermind behind Saltmoore’s interior vision is Sapin Studios, who fused together inspiration from the moorlands and the hotel’s seaside location. The interiors will feature ocean-inspired palettes and beach-tones, such as deep teal tiles for the bathrooms, as well as soft greens, pastels and pale blues to create a calming and tranquil space for guests.

Depending on the room category, the bedrooms will feature balconies, grand roll top baths, upholstered headboards, contemporary four poster beds and bespoke painted panelling throughout. Those looking for an indulgent stay can take refuge in The Nest Suite, a tranquil hideaway in the original 19th century hall. This sumptuous suite overlooks the orchard and boasts a beautiful reading nook to spend time whilst overlooking the panoramic woodland views.

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In addition, Saltmoore House is home to a state-of-the-art spa. ‘The Sanctuary at Saltmoore’ will feature an indoor heated pool, jacuzzi, sauna, steam room, relaxation room, as well as six treatment rooms that includes one double treatment room for couples. A holistic haven, those looking to truly unwind have a choice of unique treatments, which again take inspiration from the salts of the sea and the natural surroundings.

Focusing on a connection with nature and natural minerals, guests of The Sanctuary at Saltmoore will enjoy treatments and products from a local and sustainable wellness brand  – the collaboration will mark the first time the brand has partnered with a hotel outside of their mother brand. All guests will also have access to the hotel’s modern and high-quality gym that is equipped with the latest in sports recovery – a cryotherapy chamber.

Also located within Saltmoore is ‘The Beach House’, a charming 29-bedroom property, just a stone’s throw away from Saltmoore House, providing further laidback luxury and family-friendly accommodation. With access to all Saltmoore House’s facilities, The Beach House will have its very own reception, bar and restaurant. Guests are also able to bring their four-legged friends as this hotel has several dog-friendly bedrooms. This coastal inspired property features Coastal Classic Balcony bedrooms with views out to the local woodland, or Coastal Classic Garden bedrooms that come equipped with an outdoor tub and a private garden. The hotel’s two spacious Suites showcase sumptuous freestanding bathtubs to relax in.

Both Saltmoore House and The Beach House mix the spirit of their past whilst adding a contemporary twist to bring it to life and arouse a certain wild magic. And, with Beck View & Water’s Edge, offering additional dog friendly cottage rooms, not to mention plans to build 184 lodges over five years to independent owners, Saltmoore is certainly bringing a whole new level of luxury hospitality to North Yorkshire.

Adam Maddock has been appointed as the Head Chef, overseeing culinary operations across the various F&B options. Maddock is the former Head Chef of the Fife Arms in Braemar. Trained under Chris Tanner, he has also worked at leading UK hotels such as Whatley Manor and The Manor House in Wiltshire, as well as The Whitebrook in Wales that has a coveted Michelin Star. Maddock will drive the food and beverage across the estate’s four dining establishments and three bars, and has been working closely with a named, soon-to-be-revealed chef, acting as consultant chef across Saltmoore. Their vision will see guests enjoying farm to fork style cuisine with locally sourced produce, seasonal dishes and traditional British cuisine with a twist.

For guests wanting to work up an appetite or explore the countryside, Saltmoore offers a range of activities across the Estate that focus on wellness, wildlife and nature – with cold water swimming on the lake, cycling, kayaking, stargazing and picturesque picnics. Nature lovers will enjoy spotting deer, pheasants, badgers, newts, bats, and frogs that reside on the property.

Saltmoore will be headed up by dynamic General Manager duo, Peter Boyle and Jayne Cartwright, formerly of luxury South Devon hotel, Gara Rock. “We are excited to be working with such a pioneering brand to bring a new level of luxurious, yet laid-back accommodation to North Yorkshire,” commented Boyle and Cartwright. “Saltmoore has provided over 150 jobs to the local community, and we look forward to working with our talented team to welcome guests to this beautiful part of the world’’.

With so much to see and visit, Saltmoore provides the ideal location for guests wanting to come together to experience stunning design, beautiful gardens, and delicious food all in a highly luxurious country house setting with five-star service levels. Whitby and Sandsend in North Yorkshire are still very much undiscovered gems in Britain. With the introduction of Saltmoore, there is now the perfect place to stay whilst exploring this beautiful part of the world.

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