A GOLF and spa resort has been voted the fourth best hotel in the world.

The four-star Rudding Park, near Harrogate, North Yorkshire, has also been voted the number one hotel in the UK and second best in Europe by holiday-makers using the TripAdvisor website.

Peter Banks, managing director at Rudding Park, said being ranked alongside the best hotels in Europe and the world was “a wonderful accomplishment” for the hotel’s staff.

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“Travellers may use star ratings as a guide, but it is TripAdvisor where genuine travellers express their opinions,” he said.

Gary Verity, chief executive of Welcome to Yorkshire, said: “This is an incredible achievement, and one that is richly deserved.”

The hotel is rated “excellent” by 90 per cent of reviewers on TripAdvisor.