Cober Hill, Cloughton, Scarborough, North Yorkshire, Y013 OAR
01723 870310
The History Of Cober Hill
98 Years of a Vision Fulfilled

    2 Night Midweek Getaway

    £99.00 per person for a 2 night midweek stay on a dinner, bed & breakfast tariff.

    Terms and conditions apply - contact us for availability.

    *Offer not available online*


    For group visits, please contact us for prices, availability and to discuss your requirements.

Have some questions or would like to book? You may contact us through the information below.
  • Telephone:

    01723 870310
  • Address:

    Cober Hill, Cloughton Scarborough, North Yorkshire, Y013 OAR
Here is what our guests have to say!

"Fantastic visit. Staff couldn't do enough! Very well looked after, thank you."

Netherton School - June 2019

"The good company in beautiful and relaxing surroundings, and being served delicious food by friendly staff make it a delight to be here."

Menston Art Club - May 2019

"All members of the group have enjoyed their stay. The food is excellent and we got the weather that was ordered. We will all be coming back to our second home 'Cober'."

Beryl's Painting Group - April 2019

"I would just like to say a big thankyou. My friend and I have just had afternoon tea at Cober Hill and wanted to say we thoroughly enjoyed our very relaxing afternoon. The staff are very friendly and we couldn't fault the food. Highly reccommend!"

Pat Marsh - April 2019

"The staff were wonderful, they worked hard to make our stay amazing. Thank you!"

Arjuna Ishaya - March 2019

"Very helpful but not obtrusive staff. Self service teas & coffees made us feel at home. Wonderful food, gorgeous location and building."

Private Guest - March 2019

"We have had a great weekend. I have only had good reports from my friends."

Kings Church Darlington - March 2019

"Excellent meeting rooms, bedrooms, food and admin. Thanks for another good stay with you, see you next year."

British Lichen Society - March 2019

"It's great value for money, staff are always great, facilities work for us and suit our needs and the location is fantastic."

Trish Hobman - January 2019

"We were a party of 10 lady quilters and the theatre room was just right - tea making - washing up places - perfect just down the stairs. The friendlyness of the staff and the freedom to get on with our sewing were both highlights too. You are the best venue I have stayed at. The scenary is magnificent. Don't change."

Sandra Whitfield - November 2018

"Everything has been very special! The service and smiles and lovely food at mealtimes, the house and rooms are spotless, and the tremendous atmosphere is very relaxing - especially in the grounds."

Richard Gawthorpe Art - September 2018

"Delightful staff and warm atmosphere. The traditional values make this a change from 'modern living'!"

Mavis Price - September 2018

"The highlights of my stay were the enduring warmth & friendliness of the place, and the wonderful staff keeping true to the ethos of Cober Hill, striving in the changing world to maintain the high standard."

Private Guest - July 2018

"I come to Cober Hill to relax, to walk, to read, to enjoy good food, comfortable sitting rooms and beautiful gardens! Everything of beauty is here. Every creature comfort is provided. Cober Hill is a wonderful place to relax and enjoy the beautiful scenery. It is also very good value for money."

Rosemary Donaldson - July 2018

"We've been coming for the last 12 years and have always appreciated the welcome, care, service and the food!! The time here with you flies by all too quickly, thank you."

Bryan and Karen Witty - June 2018

"The highlights of our stay were the wonderful surroundings, the excellent food and the warm, friendly atmosphere created by delightful staff who work so hard to give excellent service. Can't wait to come again next year!"

Yorkshire Pastellists - June 2018

"Cober Hill is a very special place - not only the accommodation & facilities, but the staff are so welcoming and all are fabulous with our children. Many thanks to everyone."

Mowbray Primary School - May 2018

"It is a beautiful hotel with amazing grounds that the children couldn't wait to explore! Thank you so much for a fantastic stay, the children have loved every minute of it. The prices were reasonable and the facilities were perfect for us!"

Todwick Primary School - May 2018

"Large enough for our party, good walking area and reasonably priced. All the staff have been helpful and understanding, patient and polite at all times. Impressed with the spacious rooms - especially singles. The grounds are beautiful and it is very quiet - noticeably at night."

Churches Together in Bingham - May 2018

"You ticked all the boxes. I live locally in Scarborough and there is no where better to visit than Cober Hill! You can't improve on perfection - this is Heaven on Earth."

Private Guest - May 2018

"I must say having been to Cober Hill since the mid 50s, then working there in the mid 60s, in essence it really doesn't change. The staff have always been friendly, helpful and considerate to the guests needs. This is partly what makes Cober Hill so special. I loved it as a child, as did my children, and now my grandchildren are doing the same - building friendships which last all year until they meet again. I just wish I was able to bottle up the essence of Cober and get it out occasionally when the weather is grey!"

Jenny Gladwell - April 2018

Cober Hill History

The history of Cober Hill

History, Shareholders, Directors

Cober Hill was built in 1890 by Sir Frank Lockwood, who was a barrister by profession and from 1885 Member of Parliament for York. The property was purchased by Arnold Rowntree, former Liberal Member of Parliament for York, and nephew of the chocolate manufacturer Joseph Rowntree, in March 1920.

Arnold Rowntree prepared a Memorandum at the time setting out his hopes for Cober Hill. He wrote

“I believe that if a new recreative, educational and Conference Centre at Cober Hill which I have helped to start can be made thoroughly successful it is one of those experiments which will be copied in other parts of the country to the great advantage of all those concerned….I want it to be a place of joy and beauty, …a centre of refreshment and inspiration for many of those engaged in difficult public services… I hope experiments in Weekend Schools, Winter and Summer Schools of various kinds and of longer or shorter duration may also be tried there…”

This vision has guided Cober Hill throughout its history and remains relevant today.

Cober Hill is independent of any other organisation. Over the years it has close associations with the Rowntree Trusts of York, the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) and the Adult Schools Union.

The Joseph Rowntree Centre was built in 1990 – 92 with funds from the two Rowntree Trusts.

Long established groups such as Yorkshire Adult and Quaker Easter Settlement have visited Cober throughout its history and continue to do so today. The nature of other visitors has regularly changed over the years. An increased emphasis on attracting school groups was successfully launched in the early 1990s and continues to this day.

The history of Cober Hill


Cober Hill Limited is a private company. Its ordinary share capital was originally owned by the Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust and the Yorkshire Adult School Union. The Yorkshire Adult School Union transferred its shareholding to the Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust in 1942. The Charitable Trust in turn gifted 51% of its shareholding to the Joseph Rowntree Foundation in 1982. There was no further change to the ownership until 2017 when the Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust and the Joseph Rowntree Foundation each gifted their shareholdings to the Cober Hill Charitable Trust (registered charity).

Although a private company, Cober Hill operates in a similar way to a charity. No dividend on the ordinary shares has ever been paid; surpluses are used to maintain and improve the facilities. It is governed by a Board of Directors, all of whom serve in a voluntary capacity.


The current Directors are:

  • Michael Sturge – Chair
  • (Lord) David Shutt – Secretary
  • Ann Carter-Gray
  • Cedric Dennis
  • Chris Hailey-Norris
  • Karl Hallows
  • Colin Straw
  • Anne Taylor
  • Wendy Thompson

Michael Sturge has been the Chair since 1991.He was Deputy Director and Director of Finance of the Joseph Rowntree Foundation until his retirement in 2011. He is also currently a Trustee of a number of charities, mainly based in York.

Directors meetings are held quarterly. There are currently Sub-Committees for Management, Marketing, Buildings and Facilities, Customer Care: each is chaired by a director.


For group visits, please contact us to discuss your requirements.

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  • Check-in: 15:00; Check-out: 10:30
  • Free Wi-Fi in all Rooms
  • Food available
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  • General Eating times
    Breakfast: 8.30-9.00am
    Lunch: 1.00pm
    Dinner: 7.00pm
    (Schools Different)
  • Parking available on site
  • All pets welcome!