Hazlewood Castle, Leeds
Dower House & Spa, Knaresborough

Our Hotels

Covid-19 update

Firstly, we hope that you are keeping safe and well.

Since temporarily closing our doors, our team have really missed you. Some of you have been staying, visiting and celebrating with us over many years and we are really looking forward to you doing so  again.
The safety and wellbeing of everyone  remains our highest priority. In line with government and industry advice, we have a number of new measures and procedures in place. In the short term there will be some changes to how we operate in order to  implement social distancing measures whilst at the same time continuing to exceed your expectations.

 For those of you whom have already rebooked to stay in the near future we are very appreciative  and for those of you  still to do so, we have some exciting  offers to entice you.

 We are tentatively accepting reservations from the 1st August however this will be under review following changes in  government advice
We have some exciting new packages available including  our great Escapes and Staycations, giving you the opportunity to explore everything that our beautiful county has to offer. Scroll down for more information.

Once again, I would like to thank you for your continued support. We look forward to welcoming you all back to our hotels very soon.

Hazlewood Castle, Hotel Leeds


Hazlewood Castle is nestled in 77 acres of stunning woodland and manicured gardens.

Dating back to the its first mention in the Domesday book in 1086, the walls of the Castle hold centuries of history waiting to be explored.

With 32 bepsoke bedrooms & suites, treatment rooms, outdoor activities and new Woodland party venue there is something for everyone to explore!

Dower House Hotel & Spa, Knaresborough

The Dower House & Spa is situated on the outskirts of the pretty market town of Knaresborough.

Onsite Imagine Health & Spa offers a modern gym, sauna, steam, whirlpool, swimming pool and 4 beautifully appointed treatment rooms

Easy transport links mean getting here couldn't be easier and a leisurly stroll along the river or up to the Historic Knaresborough Castle within easy reach

Our Restaurants

Vavasour Restaurant, Hazlewood Castle, Leeds

The Vavasour Restaurant at Hazlewood Castle, offers a seasonally changing a la carte menu and our very own family wine.

Situated under the main Castle tower, with warm and original stone walls to boot you can absorb a wealth of history whilst enjoying a sumptious feast!

Storm Restaurant, Dower House & Spa, Knaresborough

Storm Restaurant offers modern European fayre with a views over the terrace gardens.

Head Chef, Victoria Vasello puts together beautiful seasonally changing menus and daily specials are also available to choose from.


Your special day is our speciality, whether it' a Woodland festival style wedding, a small casual affair, a grand bash or just a ceremony, with a wealth of planning experience, friendly and professional teams we'll help you make your day a real wow!

We offer various packages suiting all budgets across the hotels so use the links below to check out what we offer and get in touch, we'd love to hear from you!

Meetings & Events

Family celebratons, corporate meetings, conferences, exhibitions, private dining, family occasions, we cater for all sorts at our hotels

If you would like to hold a meeting or event at any of our hotels visit our sites on the links below to find out more.


With 2 luxury spas, you'll be spoilt for choice for pampering ideas.

Hazlewood Castle has 4 treatment rooms, mud serail and nail bar.

During the Summer months you can relax in one of our Bell Tents in the Castle gardens

The Dower House offers full spa with sauna, steam room, whirlpool, swimming pool, foot spas, ice fountain, fully equipped air conditioned gym and treatment rooms

Both hotels offers luxury spa overnight packages, day packages or if you just want to pop in for a treatment that too!

Ashdale Hotels, Yorkshire & Lincolnshire Hotels

About Us

It all began when on a beach in Sydney in 1998 an old school friend buried my wallet in the sand !

This peculiarity was further compounded by his promise that whatever money I had to buy an hotel he would match. True to his word in October 2004 we bought the Kings Head hotel, Richmond, North Yorkshire (in-fact my wife Jo found it!) a hotel so full of character and characters that we knew this was for us.

We have since grown a little, mainly thanks to the returning guests and have bought the beautifully restored Angel & Royal "the oldest Inn in England" the Queen Anne Dower House, Hazlewood Castle (a real castle) and Grants hotel, all grade I & ll listed buildings of great historic importance

Two new additions for you to enjoy are our Imagine Spas which epitomise elegence and luxury.

We ALL enjoy working in such style as there is something very rewarding both for the staff and guests alike

Martin Wicks


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Current Vacancies & Benefits for Employees

Working for the Ashdale team offers tons of benefits to it's employees.

  • Dine with your partner in our Restaurants
  • Full use of our Leisure clubs
  • Stakeholder pension
  • Appraisals and one to one job chats
  • Flexibility to work across 3 hotels if you wish with career opportunities.
  • Trainer incentives
  • Selling incentives
  • Commission for bringing in new business and recruiting new employees
  • Stay in any Ashdale hotel for £15 per person accommodation and breakfast or £25 per person including dinner.
  • Stay free for one night with your partner (accommodation and breakfast) in any Ashdale hotel between January and March.
  • Work Christmas and New Year get paid and then stay free in any Ashdale hotel for 2 people for 2 nights (accommodation and breakfast)at any time of the year.

The philosophy to promote from within means that many of our team have worked for Ashdale Hotels for a number of years. Nevertheless we are always looking for new people to join our lively teams.





Hazlewood Castle, Between Leeds & York, North Yorkshire

Placement Students - Banqueting
Please send a CV with covering letter to Ross Tatham

Dower House & Spa, Knaresborough, North Yorkshire
There are currently no open job opportunities available.

Management Trainee programme

Our management Trainee Programme is all about thoroughly training you in the key areas of hotel keeping. We believe in the 'hands on' philosophy right through our management teams. We are practical in our approach and like to keep it simple, so that we can spend more time with our guests.

If you would like to know more please email Martin Wicks