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.
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