James Herriot’s stories included places like Solberge Hall Northallerton but he changed the names of people and places and in this case it became Allerton, a simple change, whereas his home of Thirsk became Darrowby. It’s quite possible that his character Mrs Pumphrey and her famously named Pekinese ‘Tricky Woo’ could have been modelled on Solberge Hall. With its quiet stately rural setting and classical design it could easily have been her home. It is a Georgian house of historical significance, was built in 1824 by John Hutton, a local landowner. It remained in the Hutton family for about one hundred years and was then purchased by Benjamin Talbot the inventor.
Now part of Classic Lodges Hotels, Solberge Hall offers visitors to Herriot Country all the trappings of an aristocratic home with a modern twist. Bedrooms are all individually decorated, include En Suite bathroom and toiletries, Tea and coffee making facilities, Flat screen television with Freeview, DVD player, iPod dock, Complimentary WiFi throughout, Complimentary bathrobe and slippers in Executive Rooms and Suites. Many rooms have views of the attractive countryside of Herriot Country around the hotel.
The Brasserie restaurant features delicious dishes created with local ingredients many winners of the annual Flavours of Herriot Awards and cooked to your liking by an enthusiastic team of chefs. The front of house team is typical of the Yorkshire welcome that Alf Wight (James Herriot) experienced when he came to live in this beautiful part of North Yorkshire which kept him here for the rest of his life.
Solberge Hall is a fine venue for special occasions including weddings, anniversaries and other family gatherings in the purpose-built Hambleton suite.
A place to relax, a place to enjoy and a place from where you can explore Herriot Country in your own time and at your own pace, knowing that you have a comfortable and welcoming team to take care of you on your return.