I have stayed at Val’s before but my friends had no idea on what to expect, Val greeted us with a big hug, and asked us if we would like a glass of wine or anything stronger, we then sat in her new orangery which is beautifully decorated, and looked out on to the garden which is very well kept. Val then showed us to our rooms, Thirsk Room looks out to the back and so does the York Room decor and linen, soft white towels, and in the en suites we all had Sanctuary products in very large bottles too. Wooow said my mates this is 5*****. We were going to book a Taxi but Val insisted she took us in to Thirsk pointing out the good pubs and restaurants, After a good night in town and a meal at The Old Oak Tree (South Kilvington) just outside Thirsk which was fab, we got a taxi back to Laburnum House, Val waited up for us and we all had a great time putting the world right. Do not know where Val gets her energy from but she was up at 6 am next day to do breakfasts for some men on business. Oh my god BREAKFAST, Val will cook you practically anything you want, I had smoked salmon, scrambled eggs, lemon, fresh chives and even a large prawn, my friends had Full English, and Val sat with us and had Kippers, because all the other guests had gone Val said just come down in your dressing gowns, they are white and fluffy all provided by Val. It was like being on holiday at a pamper farm, but an eighth of the cost. Choice of magazines is huge and all were August/September. No paper napkins here but material ones, and all breakfast produce is quality, the black pudding, smokey bacon, dry cured bacon, sausages are all from Arthur Haighs, which Val mentioned had won many awards, I asked if I could buy a few pieces of the black pudding to take home for my Dad and yes you’ve guessed FOC. We were all well looked after like royalty and I am so proud that my friends liked Val, my daughter gets married in September next year and I mentioned to Val I would like it at Laburnum House she was so excited and the large number of wedding guests did not bother her, oh it would be great if we could, I was worried about where everyone would stay and the answer was there are some lovely B & B's close by so no probs. We are coming back in December this year to go on a walking hike with Val this is her favourite hobby and we can’t wait. So let our boots do the walking. Book now you won’t be disappointed.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hello my name is Val and I am the proud owner of laburnum house, a deceptively spacious home with contemporary furnishings, overlooking the Hambleton Hills.I am a Yorkshire lass born and bred, and have lived in the area for 55 years so i have good local knowledge. I can recommend places to visit, where to dine, and wonderful walks – as i am a keen walker myself. I am also passionate about Yorkshire!The house is very deceiving from the outside as you will see. There is a new toilet and hand basin downstairs, the guests dining room is large and beautifully furnished, with a fridge, and adjoining the dining room is a new bespoke orangery just finished in time for spring 2013. It is fully furnished with 3 and 2 seater settee and matching armchair and large footstool, 42″ flat TV, Roberts CD/radio player, and also a selection of board games and good reading.There are 3 rooms – 2 double rooms with ensuite, all newly decorated and large flat screen TVs. And a twin room, with remote control Tempur beds and a new bathroom with shower just a few steps over the landing. ... more less