My Wife and I needed a break after 2 years without time away due to commitments. We booked a luxury double for 2 nights on a dinner bed and breakfast tariff. Staff were superb, any request was met with a "yes of course" response. I can only mention the names I learned (Hannah, Jenny and Paul) but all staff were polite, attentive and welcoming. The choice and quality of food from the inclusive signature menu was outstanding, although courses from the A la Carte menu were available at a supplement allowing us to mix and match the two menus for a great dining experience. We were delighted with the results when on the second night we asked the restaurant manager to choose us a glass of wine to suit the food we had ordered (the 2006 chateau briand is sublime).
We booked a full day of falconry, and like the other reviewers we were more than impressed with Mark (Head Falconer), we would do his knowledge a disservice if we described it as encyclopaedic as it reaches far beyond the simple mechanics of fact recall. The information he shared with us over the day was relevant, interesting and extremely engaging giving a true insight to the fantastic creatures he quite obviously has a lifelong passion and respect for. We would highly recommend a day with Mark, it is fascinating!
It was archery on Sunday (thank you Malcolm) for an hour which was about right for first time Robin Hoods, as fatigue sets in. I don't think William Tell has much to worry about, but the experience was one we will not forget.
All in all a highly enjoyable trip made better by the wonderful staff we met. We cannot wait to return for a hunting day with the birds of prey.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Nestled on a 1400 acre estate, this 4 star hotel overlooks its own stunning lake, offers excellent conference and meeting facilities as well as offering a wide range of activities including shooting, off-road driving, archery, falconry and fishing. An independent hotel owned by the Bannister family who pride themselves on the friendly and welcoming team across the hotel and the estate. Guests are at the centre of all the major developments decisions made at the hotel. The hotel hosts many weddings and specialises in both leisure breaks as well as corporate packages. A dedicated conference and events team will work with event organisers to help you combine enjoyable on-site activities such as team building. The hotel works with many of the north of England's leading companies and will prepare a proposal or quotation at any time. If it is a reward or recognition event you are planning then we have plenty of ideas to theme a room or dinner to best set the scene. The Coniston also hosts many other events, large and small from weddings, family celebrations to charity days. The hotel has 71 bedrooms and has the very popular Huntsman's lodge with its panoramic views over the lake and beyond. This restaurant serves food all day from morning coffee, traditional lunch, afternoon tea to dinner in the evening. Free WiFi throughout, makes it an ideal meeting place on the A65 between Skipton and Settle. Shooting at The Coniston Hotel; The clay pigeon shooting ground is a CPSA Premier status and is one of the best in Europe. Absolute beginners to seasoned shooters can have a day to remember. 4x4 Experience at The Coniston Hotel; Guests can get to grips with one of the latest specification brand new fleet of Land Rover Defenders, Izuzu Dmax and the L200 along with our range of RTV's for the junior drive experiences whilst tackling some of the most challenging terrain. The Coniston Hotel also offer the Falconry centre, fantastic fishing on the lake or the river Aire along with walking and cycling trials for guests to explore. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Coniston Hotel Skipton
- The Coniston Hotel Country Estate & Spa Coniston Cold, England