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“An absolute gem !” 5 of 5 stars
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High Street, Harome YO62 5JE, England   |  
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Ranked #3 of 4 Harome B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Yorkshire
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“An absolute gem !”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2008

We've tried to book at the Star two or three times, admittedly at short notice, and couldn't get in but this time we were lucky, presumably because it was midweek at the end of February.

We stayed in the Garden Shed, about a five minute walk down the village from the Star, and the wait was worth it. Our 'room' consisted of a gorgeously romantic bedroom complete with four poster bed and Egyptian cotton bedlinen, a beautiful bathroom, Molton Brown bath products, plenty of thick fluffy towels. Plus we had a small sitting/dining room, prettily furnished, and a little kitchen area. There was plenty of tea and coffee, a teapot so we didn't have to dunk teabags in the cup, and fresh milk in the fridge, which also contained fruit juices, smoothies, water, smoked salmon, and cheese. There were also other snacks in a basket on the worktop. The kitchen was equipped so that we could cook if we chose to, and the table was set with lovely spotty china. As we walked in music was playing on the radio and the fire was 'lit' (admittedly an electric cast iron stove but very welcoming all the same). French doors led from the sitting area to a very private patio area with table and chairs, and beyond the patio a pretty garden. It all looked to have been newly decorated and refurbished.

There were plenty of books, a CD player, radio, various films in the TV cabinet, and a selection of current magazines, plus that day's copy of the Independent. The attention to detail was brilliant right down to a couple of night lights and a box of matches in the bathroom should we want to bathe by candlelight !

We had dinner at the Star which was absolutely delicious. The staff struck just the right level of attentiveness without being in the least bit annoying and we just floated through the evening rounding it off with coffee and drinks up in the rafters before wandering back down the village to our Shed.

Breakfast was served in the Wheelhouse just across the road from the Star and the choice was fantastic. It's served at a huge circular table so we easily got into conversation with two other couples who were eating at the same time. Had we wanted we could have had a breakfast picnic delivered to our room.

It isn't cheap, about £250 for one night including dinner, drinks, and breakfast, but worth every penny. The room itself was £130 for b&b and we could have had dinner elsewhere (Helmsley is only five minutes away) if we'd wanted to cut costs.

We couldn't fault anything and would recommend the Star wholeheartedly although this will not doubt make it even harder to book again in the future.

For those who want to explore the area the Walled Garden at Scampston (stunning), Duncombe Park, and the Ryedale Folk Museum (an absolute gem) are all well worth a visit (although some of these aren't open in February) plus the delights of Helmsley (and its own walled garden) on the doorstep, and wonderful Whitby if you want to venture a little further afield.

  • Liked — Everything
  • Stayed February 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Dublin, Ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2007

We recently stayed at the Star for two really enjoyable nights. After 'checking in' at the corner shop opposite the Inn, we drove to 'the Barn', our cottage for the next two nights, which is situated at the edge of the village about a five minute walk from the Inn. There were two open fires lit already to greet us and a Christmas tree in the bedroom.

The cottage was tiny, consisting of a bathroom, a kitchen and a bedroom. It was beatifully presented. Breakfast consisted of a hamper (for you to cook youreself) containing local organic produce - eggs, sausages, bacon, mushrooms etc, fresh orange & apple juice, yougarts, fresh bread - perfect.

The food and service at dinner time in the Inn was superb.

I would really recommend this property.

  • Liked — Its uniqueness and charm
  • Disliked — nothing springs to mind
  • Stayed December 2007, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2007

Second stay
Food good
Lodge Cottage had cobwebs- could do with a refurb.
Hamper excellent

  • Stayed November 2007, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Ramsbottom, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2007

I've been reading about The Star Inn for years and we finally made the trek over for my 30th birthday treat. We arrived at 3ish and were directed over to the Lodge which is behind the shop. Check-in consisted of a great welcome, explanation of the honesty bar and letting us know about the complimentary snacks that were about to be laid out in the lounge area. No signature, no credit card - just hospitality.

We were then escorted across to our room and left in peace - The room was very comfortable and had all the extras as expected for the money paid, Molton Brown, large bottles of water, decent tea and coffee selection. I would have preferred a duvet rather than sheets and blanket but the airy, country style of the room was excellent.

We dined early at 7:30 and the pub bar was bursting, we really should have stayed in the Lodge and had a pre dinner drink on the sofa in front of the open fire. Our dinner was exquisite and the service professional and relaxed - no easy balance to achieve.

Breakfast was beautifully laid out with hot dishes cooked to order.

Our bill was just over £300 all in - fantastic value, we'll definitely be back, and regularly.

The only disappointment I have about the Star Inn is that it has taken me so long to get my act together to book into the place!

  • Liked — The Service and food
  • Disliked — Sheets and blankets on the bed and naff TV
  • Stayed November 2007, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2007

I must jot down a few lines to praise this wonderful establishment. It really does live up to the hype. On our most recent visit we were in room 2 and it was very stylish and very hunting lodge in its lovely decor and colour scheme. On arrival you can just flop down in the stunning lounge and eat fab treats from the complimentary snacks and help youself at the honesty bar whilst browsing the papers and wide range of books. All of this acompanied by the crack and pop of the fabulous huge fire.

Then over to The Star for excellent food and service in the most wonderful and quirky chocolate box pub.

Finally retire back to the lodge for more drinks before a lovely spa bath and finally a great night sleep.

Whilst so much is made of eating at the star, i feel i must point out the Cross House lodge breakfast is by far the best i have ever eaten. It is a real highlight of the break for me. To The Star i unashamedly love you!!

  • Liked — The breakfast and lounge and the faultless serice
  • Disliked — for the price.. the technology needs updating ie hifis and tv are old fashioned.
  • Stayed September 2007, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Leeds, UK
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56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2007

I decided to treat my hisband to a night away at the Star Inn for his 50th birthday. It was everything we couldl have hoped for. The accomodation was excellent. We particualrly liked the honesty bar. Dinner in the restauarant was superb. Unlike other reviewers we were not rushed at all. We had coffee upstairs in the loft after dinner. Wonderful break. Hope to be back.

  • Stayed July 2006, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2007

We stayed at the self-contained accommodation a short stroll from the Star itself, over the Christmas period. The 'Garden Shed' was well-presented, and even had it's own Xmas tree gracing the lounge area, which I thought was a charming detail.. We dined in the restaurant for two consecutive nights and found the food fantastic.
Some critics have suggested the staff can be a little abrupt and service too fast.. My feeling is that the staff are courteous and professional, but dont simper and fawn as some might in other ( equally expensive ) establishments.. The service is swift, but we certainly weren't sent out into the night with cofffee in styrene cups. The staff were happy to let us enjoy the ambience..The place is expensive, but dont expect to be treated like Royalty. The Star is clearly working to a successful formula - probably that their market is the affluent professional who doesnt think that spending £300 for a couple of nights is any big deal..We booked to return.. PS Pern's shop in Helmsley is an absolute gem..

  • Liked — Quirky details like the welcome breakfast hamper & xmas tree ( it was 27th Dec !)
  • Disliked — No shower in the bathroom..odd window from bathroom into bedroom..
  • Stayed December 2006, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: High Street, Harome YO62 5JE, England
Location: United Kingdom > England > Yorkshire > North Yorkshire > Harome
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 4 B&Bs / Inns in Harome
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 8
Also Known As:
The Star Hotel Harome
The Star Inn Harome, Yorkshire

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