First things firs't The Boars Head is an attractive hotel located in a nice little village with easy access to both Ripon and Harrogate.
The public rooms are comfortable and cosy especially with the open fires blazing while the snow was falling outside. They are filled with comfortable sofas, some antique furniture and paintings. My bedroom, although classed as a small double, was more than big enough with a reasonable sized bathroom. A plus point was the ample supply of tea and coffee plus 2 bags of ground coffe such a treat in these days.
Having said all that the hotels biggest asset is the staff. From the moment you enter till the time you leave they are friendly helpful and professional.
The breakfasts are well cooked and presented.
Free wifi is offered which is another plus point
The only downside for me was the noise both externally and internally. For such a small village Ripley is very well served by buses. While that is great for the villagers it is not so great for guests especially when their room is directly opposite the bus stop. The rooms have no secondary glazing so between 06.30 and 22.30 be prepared for noise. Internally the noise comes from inconsiderate guests who don't appreciate some people may actually want to be asleep at 01.00hrs and the poor fitting of doors which let a lot of noise filter into the room.
Water pressure for the shower was very low.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A Coaching Inn set within the magnificent Ripley Castle Estate. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Boars Head Ripley
- Hotel Boars Head