Reece, with his cheery, friendly but professional greeting was exactly what we needed as we arrived in the hotel car park on a very cold, blustery and dark January evening. First impressions are so important so to have someone effortlessly whisk our bags from the car and lead us into the delightfully welcoming reception, while chatting amiably all the way, was about as good as it gets.
At the front desk, Reece introduced us to Andy who couldn’t have been more welcoming or helpful. Andy showed us to our room, which was gorgeous. Beautifully decorated, spotlessly clean, cosy but spacious. Having a strong dislike of artificial milk, I was pleased to see a note saying fresh milk would be delivered on request. Sure enough, 30 seconds later an insulated jug arrived. Good to see a ‘proper’ kettle too, not one of those ridiculous tiny things that takes 20 minutes to boil and barely provides enough water for two cups. The bathroom was very well appointed and the shower powerful and hot.
Andy kindly showed us around the various lounges, restaurants and bars. Without exception all were delightful. Almost all rooms seemed to have great big log fires, providing a lovely warmth and atmosphere everywhere. Although thoroughly ‘dog friendly’, I’m glad to report there was absolutely no doggy smell anywhere.
The cocktail lounge is a fabulously grand room, dominated by yet another log fire. We spent a lazy couple of hours on one of the comfortable sofas, with a pot of tea and some indulgent cookies.
As keen runners we wanted to explore the area. On asking Andy for his recommendations, he gave us directions for what turned out to be a fabulous run up the Wharfe Valley, past the stunning Bolton Abbey. On our second day we visited the gym in the Spa, which is just across the road. Although the spa itself looked lovely, the gym is very small and cramped and some of the equipment is a little ropey. It’s also rather too hot for a proper workout.
We stayed for two nights and on both we opted to eat in the bistro, rather than in the Michelin restaurant. On both evenings the food and wine were perfect and the staff absolutely delightful. They could not have been more professional, friendly and attentive. We ate breakfast in the conservatory; a lovely room which despite the amount of glass, was beautifully warm. Poached eggs and salmon, all done to perfection and served by yet more thoroughly excellent staff.
The hotel is beautiful and staffed by some excellent individuals who genuinely seem to enjoy their jobs and take pride in what they do. They were always on hand to deal courteously and efficiently with any request as well as at all times being forthcoming with a friendly greeting.
I would recommend this hotel to anyone with an appreciation of what a good hotel should be. I look forward to the opportunity of a return visit.
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