From our location it would be easy to assume we’re a country house hotel, but that wouldn’t be entirely true. That said, strictly speaking, we’re not a boutique hotel either. What we are though is a hideaway, designed to help our guests retreat, relax and indulge.
Located in the heart of North Yorkshire in the traditional market town of Helmsley we welcome guests from all over the world who have come to get away from it all and sample our famous Yorkshire hospitality.
Originally an old coaching inn, the hotel was rebuilt and renamed in 1855 by the Earl of Feversham on the site of an older hostelry. It was previously known as The Guest House, The Board Inn and latterly The Bay Horse where beer and candles were made for sale. At the same time, three cottages adjacent to the hotel were built by the Earl in matching Yorkshire stone.
In 1967 the hotel was bought by Charrington’s Brewery before being bought by Mr. and Mrs. de Aragues in 1977. The de Aragues then purchased the three cottages to extend the hotel and added the swimming pool and gardens. The Feversham Arms Hotel & Verbena Spa, as it is known today, was born.
From this period onwards the hotel has been restored and renovated by a number of private owners before being bought by the current owners, Feversham Arms Limited in 2008.
Helmsley Galleries are housed exclusively within The Feversham Arms Hotel & Verbena Spa and The Black Swan Hotel and represent the hotels’ own in-house art collection. The hotels are partnered in this by art expert Stephen Jack. Formerly a director at London galleries, Stephen has been advising both private and public collectors in the UK and overseas for over 25 years and brings the weight of his considerable knowledge and experience to our art galleries.
Stephen is our gallery curator bringing highly respected and award winning artists from around the UK. Many of our artists exhibit at major exhibitions in London or on the international stage and guests have been impressed that the artwork on display is of a calibre normally associated with London and similar major city art galleries
Helmsley Galleries currently exhibits a wide range of paintings including leading artists such as Tim Gustard, James Naughton, David Atkins and John Trickett , as well as Nicholas St John Rosse RSMA, Mike Bernard, RI, David Howell, PRSMA. For more information about Helmsley Galleries visit www.helmsleygalleries.co.uk where in addition to the 100 or so artworks on display further works by each of our artists can be viewed on the website and are available to view on request at the hotel. For further information or to purchase items Stephen Jack can be contacted direct on 07769 665474