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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 16 Knaresborough B&B and Inns
Liverpool
1 review
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
“BRILLIANT!!!!!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2010

Firstly, this is not a hotel. You are a guest in a stately home. This place is amazing. we stayed in the Hutton suite for our first anniversary. The room was by far the best room i have ever stayed in, 10 times nicer than the Lowry hotel in manchester. You must try the private dining here, the food is fantastic and you really feel like you have gone back in time. We sat in the library for hours after eating, drinking wine with the log fire blazing. The staff in the house were very polite and couldn't do enough for us.

We will definately be returning next year.

  • Stayed February 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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  • Sleep Quality
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  • Location
    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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yotk
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2010

Picked Goldsborough Hall from the internet but their website does not do it justice, the room was amazing, we stayed in the Hutton Suit, with it's eight foot four poster bed, 50" tv and a bath made for four, where we laid drinking champagne. The staff were fantastic, on their recommendation we dined out at "The Tiger Inn", the external decor of the pub should be ignored as the food was fantastic and very reasonably priced. The breakfast at Goldsborough Hall was lovely. Whilst there we walked round the gardens and I can imagine this would be the perfect place to hold a wedding.
Would I recommend Goldsborough Hall - definately
Would I go back - absolutely

  • Stayed June 2010, 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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Manchester
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86 hotel reviews
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72 helpful votes 72 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2010

Goldsborough Hall is a truly unqiue and fabulous place to stay. Having searched for somewhere to stay in the area between Knaresborough and Boroughbridge my husband and I settled on this place because it seemed to offer far more for our money than the other overpriced and impersonal places in the area. We were really amazed at how pricey everything is round here!

We stayed in the Wharton Suite which was the smallest of the rooms, but still a good size and beautifully appointed. The huge plasma TV, whirlpool bath, waterfall shower and double sinks give this historical house a real modern twist. But dark wooden furniture, a restored fire place and huge window and ceiling heights, all the character and tradition of this former royal residence have been retained.

My husband and I are generally not a fan of chain hotels and places boasting 100's of rooms and Goldsborough Hall has just 6 rooms available to paying guests making the peace and tranquility something you can guarantee.

As the website days, the staff will deliver a continental breakfast in bed [which we had on our first morning] or for a cooked breakfast go down to the dining room. With so few rooms, you really feel like you are the only people in the place and with such peaceful grounds and acres of countryside around, you can't hear any of the busy roads nearby. [it's just a mile or so from the A1M and A59]

Although it's not a traditional hotel [and that's the best part], there are the usual amenities in the room, compimentary tea and coffee and biscuits, as well as a well stocked minibar [usual prices] and also free wireless.

The staff are very attentive and always within each reach, just press the buzzer at reception or the front door and they appear within a few seconds.

It's hard to fault this place and with a lift as well as stairs it's easy to access the guest rooms on the second floor even if you have limited mobility. Having read the review which didn't rate the hall at all for being pricey and not a proper hotel, I would suggest that the less down to earth people of this world don't bother booking here. This is good northern hospitality without an ounce of snootiness and the place is steeped in the history we are so often afraid of celebrating in this country.

  • Stayed June 2010, 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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Dublin
1 review
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2010

THIS PLACE IS AMAZING - It must be the Yorkshire's best kept secret, so remote and private yet only a few miles from Harrogate, no wonder it's got 5 AA stars.

It's not a hotel and does not pretend to be one, instead it offers the chance to stay in what was Princess Mary's former home. The owners live there as a private house that is not open to the general public, so with only 6 letting rooms you pretty much get the place to yourself.

There is a bar in the conservatory and you can enjoy your drinks in the nearby oak panelled library, in front of a massive log fire. With so few rooms there isn’t a restaurant but instead with a bit of notice their private chef will prepare and cook a 5 course dinner for £50 per person, excellent value when you think there are often more staff than guests. For £75 you can have dinner at a local restaurant with a chauffeur driven Bentley to take you there and back.

You can certainly stay at other places for less money, but at Goldsborough the rooms are massive and according to the owners most have 8ft four poster beds and plasma TVs. We stayed in the Lascelles suite, which had a sunken bath overlooking the grounds. There was a projector and screen that came down from the ceiling so bring some DVDs. There was also free wifi internet available.

Goldsborough is quite near to Harrogate and York and both are well worth visiting. If you are looking for an impersonal 5 star hotel with spa facilities and 24hr room service then Goldsborough Hall is not for you, but if you are looking for the most romantic and relaxing place to stay, to get away from it all, then book now and hang the expense, it’s worth it!

  • Stayed March 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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SOUTH WEST
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83 helpful votes 83 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2010

I think the Hall should make it far more clear that it is as a guest house and not an hotel. At an average of over £200 per night it is also a very expensive guest house, relying on its history and character to make up for any shortfalls in service and amenities. It is officially classified as a guest house by the AA which gives it a 5 star rating (although I understand from them that this may now be under review). Not being an hotel it does not provide the sort of services you would normally expect from one, particularly of 5 star standard. It has no restaurant or bar and guests do not have free access. Guests are not given key to the front door and must find someone to unlock and let them out each time. They must then ring to be let in.

It is possible to have an evening meal at the Hall but to do so you must make your choice from their menu 2 days in advance! Not exactly convenient. Even if all 5 rooms are occupied the chances are that even then you would be dining alone. There are no restaurants within walking distance and the only village pub is not recommended by the Hall. That means either a drive into Knaresborough, which offers very little choice or Harrogate. Either way it eliminates the possibility of sharing a bottle of wine with your meal. We did not eat at the hotel and so I cannot comment on quality.

As a wedding or corporate venue I'm sure Goldsborough Hall would suit very well, when all rooms would be booked and the restaurant active. That I believe is it's main reason for existence. As nice as the Hall is, and it does have a great deal of history attached to it, It is somewhat isolated and not ideal for the casual or weekend guest.

The bedrooms, though of generous proportions and nicely decorated have no separate sitting or dressing area and so I'm not sure I would properly describe them as suites.

All in all I would say the Hall is far more suited to a gathering, whereby the whole place would be taken over for the event rather than for a couple on a 2 or 3 day visit.

  • Stayed February 2010, traveled on business
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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England
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18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2010

Stayed for 2 nights, very elegant tasteful family home that now does dinner at £50 per head.
Top quality furniture and service but also informal.

Will certainly return for a special event.

Not cheap but you get what you pay for (usually)

  • Stayed February 2010, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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northampton
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4 reviews 4 reviews
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2009

Stayed for two nights really relaxing and beautful surroundings staff were really helpful and friendly room was lovely

  • Stayed December 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 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 16 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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