YORKSHIRE, Texas and the west coast of New Zealand.

At first glance this trio may not appear to be linked but in 2014 they were all named in travel gurus Lonely Planet's top 10 must-see regions.

While most budgets will struggle to stretch to many destinations on the global hotlist this autumn, my boyfriend and I decided to see what all the fuss was about at the other end of the M62 and headed east to the land of Yorkshire puddings, rolling hills and Jessica Ennis-Hill.

Our destination was a beautiful spot tucked away on the edge of the North York Moors National Park in the northern area of the county less than three hours drive away and around three miles from sunny Scarborough.

Ox Pasture Hall feels like a hidden gem in the Yorkshire countryside with only a small sign indicating your arrival off a windy road in the hills.

We arrived just in time for the hotel's afternoon tea and were met with a variety of door-stopper sandwiches, fresh berry-topped cakes and crumbly cherry scones topped with lashings of clotted cream and a selection of jams.

Feeling rather full but with an enticing three-course meal ahead of us we set off for a wander around the grounds on a sunny September afternoon.

Set in the middle of luscious green hills, there are plenty of options to walk off those roast beef sandwiches or following a 15 minute drive you can breathe in the sea air of Scarborough's south beach for a stroll along the sand.

If all that sounds like too much effort however during a relaxing getaway, fear not as there are many a bench and wooden gazebo dotted around the grounds for guests to sit among the beautiful flowers and watch the world go by.

Returning to the dining room ready for more, we devoured our Yorkshire coast fish cake with pea puree and soft poached egg and a zingy orange, carrot and beetroot sorbet for starters.

With a variety of delicious-looking dishes to choose from on both the a la carte and bistro menu, selecting our main course was tough before I eventually opted for the pork dish including slow cooked belly. tender loin stuffed with apricot and sage and red onion marmalade.

My boyfriend went for the equally succulent mini beef fillet and tender brisket accompanied with creamy mashed potato and baby turnips and carrots.

However my favourite course was the dessert; a fruity selection of strawberry jelly, mini summer fruit pudding and a moreish raspberry creme brulee.

While the food was fantastic and beautifully presented, it was the little touches that impressed me most including homemade cheese and chive bread to accompany our starters and the restaurant's attentive and courteous staff.

We wandered back to our luxurious room complete with two TVs and his and hers sinks before collapsing into one of the comfiest beds I have ever slept in.

Following a hearty full 'Yorkshire' breakfast the next morning our sumptuous stay was complete.

So is Yorkshire all it's cracked up to be? By 'eck I would have to agree.

Visit www.oxpasturehallhotel.com or www.oxpasturehallhotel.com/food-and-drink