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“Royal Afternoon Tea on a foggy Sunday afternoon” 4 of 5 stars
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Goldsborough Hall
5.0 of 5 Bed and Breakfast   |   Church Street, Knaresborough, Harrogate HG5 8NR, England   |  
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Ranked #1 of 17 Knaresborough B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence 2014
York, United Kingdom
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24 hotel reviews
Reviews in 33 cities Reviews in 33 cities
107 helpful votes 107 helpful votes
“Royal Afternoon Tea on a foggy Sunday afternoon”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2012

Cannot understand the whinges in previous reviews: had been here for a summer lunch that was exquisite so decided to find an 'excuse' to bring a couple of friends for the tea. The place resonates class, history & renovation with TLC: the staff were polite, kind & warm, & after a moment's hesitation did replenish the tea pot without extra charge (unlike Betty's in York), a good type of customer goodwill.

The tea was made up of 4 substantial finger sandwiches each, scones including both butter & cream as well as homemade jam & sliced strawberries, and a selection of 4 mini cakes with royal connections, as well as a trifle. All 3 of us had to ask for a 'doggie' serviette (lucky hubbies), and we'd not eaten much during the rest of the day.

The cost was at the top end of the afternoon tea scale but the quality and ambience merited this; more people should try this venue where the chef holds a well-earned [judging by the 3 course lunch earlier in the year as well as this tea] award.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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Scunthorpe, United Kingdom
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36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2012

This one night stay was a birthday gift for my husband. Goldsborough Hall exceeded all my expectations. The Suite we stayed in was gorgeous. The bed was huge and the room spotless. The bathroom was lovely with his and hers sinks and complimentary smellies. The jacuzzi bath took some time to fill but well worth it. We were surprised to see a vase of lovely flowers, fruit and a good selection of teas, coffees and lovely biscuits. The attention to detail was delightful. We found a lovely hand written note from the owners of the Hall welcoming us, which was fantastic. The full English breakfast was the best I have ever had. We will be returning to Goldsborough Hall some time soon. Thank you very much.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Berkshire, United Kingdom
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21 hotel reviews
Reviews in 15 cities Reviews in 15 cities
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2012

We only booked on a whim to break up a journey from North to South, but what a revelation. I was initially put off by the B&B description but this was by far and away one of the best hotels I have stayed in.
With six suites on the top floor of a stately home the owners have kept the feel of a private home but added exceptional service and exquisite food.
We booked the Hanson suite through LateRooms.com for a great rate and were stunned by the quality of the room. The bed was the biggest I've seen, we had fresh fruit, fresh flowers and a gorgeous view over parkland from the windows. In the bathroom there was a glass sided whirlpool bath and a great shower (not sure why it was remote controlled though!), along with jack and jill basins.
The surroundings and the overall quality made this one of the most relaxing stays we have had anywhere, and at less than half the price of some so called 'luxury' hotels.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2012

decided to stay here for one night en route to see our son in catterick army barracks and didnt fancy a 4 hour drive on a saturday morning,sort of spalsed out a bit as it was our anniversary as well.stayed in the hansen suite and the bed was the biggest i've ever seen and everything else was spotless.the welcome you get is far better than any normal hotel and the view out the window was typically yorkshire.went into harroagte for a bite to eat then came back and parked the car up and walked to the bay tree pub,not busy and not sure how they make it pay as it was friday and only 5 people in there,including us !!
next morning was brekkie well worth the £15 each as it was brill,sat in the room reading the paper in peace is my idea of a saturday morning.anyway if you want to splash out for a special occasion then this is the place for you.

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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Sunderland, United Kingdom
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Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2012

I have traveled the world and our room was best ever..The bed was a massive four poster.The bathroom was out of this world with a view to die for . I don,t want to say too much as to spoil it..Book the bridal suite and be truly amazed ..Can.t wait to go back.

p.s. The food is so good I can,t even put it into words.

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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Heswall, England, United Kingdom
1 review
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2012

I am on my last day staying in what I think is the best combination between modern day luxury and old world charm and service. Goldsborough Hall is in a beautiful location just a short distance from York and Harrogate and the Hall itself is like stepping into the past without losing the convenience of modern day luxuries. Clare and Richard have obviously put a lot of thought into the extra touches that make the stay personal, from the welcome card and flowers to the fruit and biscuits. They have managed the balance between welcoming you into their home as a friend and extending the courtesies and service you would expect from any 5 star hotel worldwide. I would recommend this place to anyone that would like a relaxed stay in a fabulous and friendly (stately!) home.

Room Tip: All rooms are amazing!!
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Oxford
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16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2012

spent a friday evening here last week. Polite staff , fabulous room , fabulous setting and nothing to much trouble. the location is beautiful and the Hall itself stunning . had a fabulous breakfast before leaving and will certainly be returning

Room Tip: we had the suite next to the lift.. only a few rooms in this hall so it wasnt busy.... but when it i...
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Church Street, Knaresborough, Harrogate HG5 8NR, England
Location: United Kingdom > England > Yorkshire > North Yorkshire > Harrogate > Knaresborough
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 17 B&Bs / Inns in Knaresborough
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:5 star — Goldsborough Hall 5*
Number of rooms: 6
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Goldsborough Hall is a beautifully restored, privately owned stately home tucked away in the small village of Goldsborough, just off the A59 between Harrogate and the A1M. The 400yr old hall has had many residents through the years, being built for the high sheriff of Yorkshire, the last resting place of the eldest founding father to all thoroughbred horses and most famously the first family home of HRH Princess Mary, the aunt of our current Queen. ... more   less 
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